Important documents, guidance and information for professionals and service users
SEND code of practice
This report, from September 2014, details GOV.UK: Statutory guidance SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years.
DfE SEND Guide for parents and carers
This report is a guide on the GOV.UK: SEND: guide for parents and carers.
Children and Families Act 2014
Full details of the Act can be found on GOV.UK, Children and Families Act 2014.
The Graduated Response to SEND Support (GRSS) profile may be used as an electronic form to support teachers and SENCOs to identify, assess and record the needs of children and young people requiring special educational provision. It supports the planning and recording of appropriate provision and provides guidance for reviewing progress. There is no requirement to use this profile; it has been designed as an optional tool to help educational settings meet their duties as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (July 2014).
For the most up to date documents please visit the Right Choice: SSENS resource page page.
Information regarding a setting's SEND provision will be held in an SEN information report and policy which should be published on the setting's website. A link to the Wiltshire Local Offer should also be included. This is a statutory requirement for all maintained nurseries, schools and academies from 1 September 2014.
For further information on what information should be presented in a SEN information report and policy, please refer to our SEN information report and policy guide (updated April 2015) (Word doc) [147KB] (opens new window) .
Wiltshire Banding Thresholds - final (Word doc) [62KB] (opens new window)
Cognition and Learning (Word doc) [55KB] (opens new window)
Communication and Interaction and ASC (Word doc) [58KB] (opens new window)
Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) (Word doc) [62KB] (opens new window)
Physical and Medical Needs (Word doc) [62KB] (opens new window)
EHC Plan Needs Assessment timeline (PDF) [19KB] (opens new window)
EHCP Template (Word doc) [84KB] (opens new window)
SEND Support Plan (Word doc) [53KB] (opens new window)
SEND Support Plan template writing guidance for schools and early years settings: Send Support Plan Guidance (OpenDocument text format) [45KB] (opens new window)
EHCP - Annual Review Meeting Guidance - v9 (Word doc) [637KB] (opens new window)
A new range of 14 bite-size training modules has been launched on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform to help teachers and trainers use educational technology (EdTech) to support their learners working either wholly or partly at home.
The new modules have been funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) can continue to respond to the needs of the FE and Training sector during the current pandemic.
Eight of the new modules are focused on 'Managing online and blended learning' covering topics such as:
- managing online learners and learning activity: learning groups
- quality assuring the online learning experience
- managing learning online: guidance & interaction
- setting up and preparation for an online programme
For more information please visit: Society for Education and Training.
Support with teaching materials
Set up in response to the Coronavirus outbreak the Oak National Academy is an independent public body. They work in partnership to improve pupil outcomes and close the disadvantage gap by supporting teachers to teach, and enable pupils to access a high-quality curriculum. share the brilliance of teachers from across the country. They aim to put the best curriculum thinking, the deepest subject expertise and the smartest learning design at your fingertips. With access to a wealth of knowledge, you can make it your own and help your pupils thrive.
From the start of primary, all the way to key stage 4, they provide free access to thousands of teacher-made, fully-resourced lessons to adapt and use with pupils.
For more information please visit: Oak National Academy
Teaching hubs provide a range of specialised expertise to support schools across a range of topics. In Wiltshire schools can utilise the following:
Ramsbury English Hub
Ramsbury DfE English Hub is based at Ramsbury Primary School, Wiltshire and provides support for infant, junior, primary and special schools across Wiltshire and surrounding areas.
They provide fully funded school to school support which is centered on 3 priority areas:
Age-appropriate phonics provision: encouraging best practice in Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) teaching from Reception to the end of Key Stage 1, and as the primary teaching strategy throughout the school.
Promoting a love of reading: encouraging reading for enjoyment through a whole school reading approach; reading to every child at least once a day and encouraging reading at home; developing teachers' knowledge of children's texts and reading practices.
Early language development: providing evidence-based approaches to early language development and closing the word gap in school-based early years settings.
Their focus is on supporting the slowest progress children in Reception and Year 1 to ensure every child is successful, regardless of background, needs or abilities.
For more information please visit:
Mobius Maths Hub
Möbius Maths Hub is led by The Willink School and with the support of a number of strategic partners they aim to develop and spread excellent practice in the teaching of mathematics, for the benefit of all students. Using the unique Work Group format along with Teaching for Mastery, the programme is a collaborative process allowing all schools involved to understand and implement excellent teaching practice.
Möbius Maths Hub is one of a network of 40 Maths Hubs in England, working together within the Maths Hubs Programme, which began in 2014. The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Over the last 7 years the success of the Maths Hubs programme can be seen in the progression students have made at all stages of education with mathematical knowledge.
For more information please visit:
Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching Hub
Swindon & Wiltshire Teaching School Hub is a designated centre of excellence committed to providing high quality training and development to all teachers and leaders across the region. They are building a network of partners so that all teachers will be able to access the very best training and support whatever stage of their career they are at - from ITT right through to the new suite of leadership NPQs, through to the golden thread of teacher and leader development. They will be delivering the Early Careers Framework, National Professional Qualifications as well as other evidence informed CPD alongside access to the well-established networks and curriculum hubs across our region.
You can view the Swindon & Wiltshire Teaching School Hub SEND CPD programme online. For more information about the Hub please visit their homepage:
Goverment documents on reading
Right Choice offers a wide variety of support services to all education providers, including Schools, Academies, Further Education Colleges, Early Years Providers, Childcare Settings and Local Authorities.
We want to ensure that educational settings have access to high quality services and expertise that enables them to focus on delivering educational excellence to all children and young people. We are committed to making a difference to children and young people in Wiltshire and increasing educational attainment for all students.
Direct Payments Leaflet v5 (Word doc) [386KB] (opens new window)
Process for Applications for SEND payments v3 (Word doc) [14KB] (opens new window)
Direct Payment Policy (Word doc) [109KB] (opens new window)
Educational Direct Payment Agreement (Word doc) [30KB] (opens new window)
Personal Budgets - Employer Responsibilities (Word doc) [115KB] (opens new window)
Introduction to Healthcare Inclusion Pathway (Word doc) [15KB] (opens new window)
Healthcare Needs Pathway (Word doc) [15KB] (opens new window)
Healthcare Needs Resources (Word doc) [63KB] (opens new window)
Healthcare Needs References (Word doc) [47KB] (opens new window)
Healthcare Needs Risk Assessment (Word doc) [188KB] (opens new window)
Anaphylaxis Risk Assessment (Word doc) [75KB] (opens new window)
Wiltshire Young Carers - Changes to arrangements - March 2018 (PDF) [117KB] (opens new window)
B&NES Swindon and Wiltshire CCG Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)
Wiltshire Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)
Transforming Care Partnership Plan - Learning Disabilities and Autism - Swindon and Wiltshire CCG (PDF) [4MB] (opens new window)
You can find the BSW ICB Children's Continuing Care Policy on Continuing Healthcare (bsw.icb.nhs.uk) in the Children's Continuing Care section.
ICB Guidance on Supporting the Needs of C and YP with Medical Conditions Attending Educational Settings (PDF) [361KB] (opens new window)
The Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP) are the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Wiltshire.
The SVPP was established in February 2019 in response to Working together to safeguard children (gov.uk) which required that local safeguarding partners set out arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs. The safeguarding partners are the Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group and the Police. They have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and adults in a local area (as set out in Working together to safeguard children (gov.uk) and the Care Act 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)).
For more information please visit:
Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (wiltshiresvpp.org.uk)
A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a statutory document produced for the local Health and Wellbeing Board to support the production of a joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. These documents provide a critical resource to enable evidence-based planning for local services, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing outcomes and reducing inequalities.
For information specific to SEN you can find this under education and employment. The report also covers health, population, housing and other areas.
To read the full report including the SEN specific findings please visit Wiltshire Intelligence: Education and employment.
If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, or is injured, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4560108 (out of hours emergency duty: 0845 6070 888) or if there is immediate danger phone 999.