SEN Support Toolkit

On this page, you will find a range of useful documents that you can use when supporting children and young people aged 0-25 including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEN Support Toolkit explains the responsibilities on early years providers, schools and post 16 providers for meeting the special educational needs of children and young people. The toolkit also includes guidance on many of the SEND processes that educational providers must follow.


>> SEN Support Toolkit [PDF] 936 Kb


If you are a parent or carer, and would like to understand the SEN Support process, please download the document below:


>> Parent Carer SEN Support Pathway [PDF] 386 Kb 


Schools, early years settings and the local authority work together so that resources are matched to children’s needs. The following leaflet will tell you what to expect from your local mainstream school:

>> SEND School Provision [PDF] 154 Kb


Information on SEND provision

Costed provision maps

Costed provision maps provide details of the school support for a child/young person with SEND.


Early identification

Early identification is the key to supporting a pupil's needs. A 'short note' of early discussions with parents/carers should be added to the pupil's record, monitored on a regular basis in partnership with parents/carers. These templates can be adapted by settings.


Pupil profiles

As part of quality first teaching (QFT), information about individual pupil's needs should be shared with relevant staff (following a school's confidentiality policy). These documents are templates which can be adapted by settings.

SEN Support Plan

The SEN support plan is recommended for pupils with more complex needs. The plan should be produced by the setting in partnership with the child/young person and their parents/carers. It will include the joint outcomes that pupils want to achieve and the supported needed to meet these goals. The templates can be adapted by schools. The short support plan is particularly effective when used with a pupil profile.

Other relevant information and documents

Below is a list of useful websites and resources to support assessment of and provision for pupils who may have SEND:

Teaching and learning


Achievement for All (AfA) case studies


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)


Speech, language and communication needs


Literacy difficulties and dyselexia


Educational Psychology Consultation Service (EPCS)


Support for Westminster Parents


Related Advice

  1. Assessing Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities


  1. Parent/Carer SEN Support Pathway [PDF] 386 Kb
  2. SEN Support Toolkit - Apr18 [PDF] 936 Kb
  3. SEND School Provision - Oct 17 [PDF] 154 Kb
  4. SEN Support research evidence [PDF] 4.7 Mb


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Page last reviewed: 20/02/2024

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