Foreword to the guide
Every board member is accountable for securing high quality outcomes for learners with SEND.
This review guide – developed as part of suite SEND Reviews and resources – aims to support the board in evaluating the extent to which they can secure the high-quality outcomes learners with SEND require. It can be used as a valuable tool for both single setting and organisation-wide self-assessment and improvement, and to support a process across and between settings for review and support. We define setting as any educational establishment providing for learners up to the age of 25.
While created as part of the SEND Review Programme, run by Whole School SEND, it is important to note that this guide – like others – has a value beyond SEND learners. Understanding how the board evaluates itself and develops its professional attitudes and practices can lead to much broader improvements in performance. The guide can be adapted to a local context, and a free white label version is available for those wishing to adjust it for specific settings. We encourage these to be shared widely, such as through the SEND Gateway.
We are very grateful to the parents and carers, governors, trustees, and sector bodies who contributed to this guide and am excited by the potential it has to transform outcomes for children and young people.
Chief Executive, Driver Youth Trust
Dr Adam Boddison
Chair of Whole School SEND