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SEND Audit

SEND Audit

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Looking to review your SEND policies, procedures and processes? Wondering how you could improve or evaluate your school's approach? Effective SEND provision is essential in providing a supportive and inclusive environment for pupils, and with the information and resources in this pack, you can feel confident and well-prepared to audit this area and assist your continuing school improvement journey - perfect for new and experienced leaders alike.

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What's included in this bundle?

A comprehensive guidance pack with accompanying templates to help you audit the SEND practices, policies and procedures in your setting. This audit pack is designed to help you identify areas of strength and weakness in the school’s SEND provision and to provide recommendations for improvement. 

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including: 

  • An 18-page PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same PDF.
  • 8 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. SEND Audit
  2. SEND Action Plan
  3. Ofsted Grade Descriptor Grids
  4. SEND Document Checklist
  5. SEND Question Bank, containing over 50 reflective questions that you and your team can use to find out stakeholders' views about SEND in your school.
  6. SEND Self-Evaluation Form
  7. SEND Folder Checklist
  8. Example Ofsted SENDCo Questions

Throughout the pack, we’ll explain concepts, guide your thinking and provide scaffolds if you need them so you can focus on adapting everything to the needs of your pupils and staff, allowing you to be confident and well-prepared before, during and after conducting an audit.

This pack is filled with useful points to consider, ways to move your thinking forward and covers the SEND requirements outlined in the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers, SENDCos, SEND teachers, SEND assistants and members of the senior leadership team wishing to develop their understanding of the Ofsted framework for SEND and seeking to assess, evaluate and improve SEND provision in the setting. This pack is suitable for new and experienced school leaders.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Have you conducted a SEND audit before? Wondering where to begin or wanting to ensure you cover all areas of SEND in the Education Inspection Framework (EIF)?  Wondering what Ofsted will look for when they do a ‘deep dive’ into SEND?

Conducting a SEND audit in a school setting can be a complex process and it’s important to approach it in a systematic and thorough manner. Gather the views from all stakeholders, including staff, pupils, parents, carers and governors, as well as evaluate your SEND Code of Practice, your setting's teaching and learning and how individual needs are met.

If completed honestly, conducting an audit in this area can be a useful tool for ensuring the way in which SEND provision and support is led and managed  is allowing all staff to provide the best possible education for its pupils.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) audit?
  • Why is a SEND Audit useful?
  • What sources of evidence can I use in a SEND audit?
  • How can I conduct a SEND audit?
  • How can I use the SEND audit to inform next steps?
  • How will Ofsted inspect SEND?
  • What evidence will Ofsted gather for SEND?
  • What SEND records will Ofsted inspect?
  • What will Ofsted ask about SEND?
  • How can I share this information effectively?
  • How can I identify areas of strength and development?

What else can help me?

The resources in this pack are also available in other packs we've got on site. We’ve done this with school leaders in mind so you can pick the ones to best suit your needs and context.

If you’re not sure if this pack is for you, see if any of the following options suit you better:

Need all of the support available, including everything linked to Ofsted?

Want to focus on auditing other areas?


Want to look at school improvement?

Need support with the Ofsted phone call?

Customer Reviews

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Flavia Amos

This has really helped me during my first term as SENCO to explore the current provision for SEND.