What is valuing SEND

Valuing SEND (VSEND) provides a transparent and consistent approach in understanding the needs and support required by children and young people. It is a key part of our plans to make sure children and young people's needs are identified and met as early as possible, through application of a strong graduated approach.

The shared ambition for Valuing SEND is to: 

  • improve children’s long-term outcomes and inclusion 
  • improve the experience of families and professionals across the system

Valuing SEND aims to achieve this by: 

  • developing a single, rounded picture of the needs of children and the support they need to succeed and prosper within and outside of their education - from birth to adulthood (across early years, primary, secondary, special and post 16 education)
  • using this as the foundation for planning and commissioning of support, monitoring of progress and evaluation of support at a child and cohort level, and to enable earlier and more co-ordinated intervention

SEND inclusion toolkit

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