The SEND Review Framework was developed by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) and is available through the SEND Gateway.Any school is able to commission a SEND review in order to evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. This includes mainstream schools, alternative provisions and specialist settings.
A SEND review should help to ensure that all children, in all educational settings, achieve their very best, including the skills and qualifications that they need for successful transition, further education and employment.
A SEND review should be led by an experienced, independent system leader who has a track record of improving outcomes for pupils with SEND.
The review process normally takes 2-3 days. This includes the preparatory work before going into the school, the time needed to collect evidence during the school visit, and the report writing and feedback that takes place after the review. Many schools will establish an ongoing relationship with their reviewer who can provide follow-up support and advice. The timescale for a review would normally be 2-3 weeks from preparation to reporting. Follow-up visits may vary from intensive weekly visits to visits spread across the academic year.