Why have a SEND Review Portal?

We believe it is about choice ... and like most journeys of discovery and development it started with a conundrum.

Awhile back, we started collating information about the different types of reviews that settings could use to analyse the suitability and consistency of their provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).  At the time,  only a few were well known or being profiled through social media, yet at least nine were known to us. 

So, this made us question, are settings really making informed choices?

This is not about which model is the best or even free, but which is most suitable and effective in situ.  A setting may choose an open access model, but if in the long run it costs them significantly because needs are not met, then it is not cost effective.

This site is a work in progress.  We wanted to create a single space for SEND leaders to consider their options .  The information is by no means complete, but it is a starting point and we welcome feedback.

Who has contributed?

An open call was put out in May 2017 for providers to submit their models and ideas to the SEND Review page.  To ensure equity, a template for information comparison was provided.  Some responded, others chose not to.  The site is currently in Phase 2 of its development.  Since Phase 1, many colleagues have been in touch with ideas and suggestions.  The site headings evolved through collaborative discussions.

Who is this site for?

Anyone interested in special educational needs, disability and the debate of inclusion.  It is based within the context of the legislation in England, but there are underlying principles and information that has a wider context.

The site has been written primarily for those leading SEND provision in a setting, either directly (e.g. teachers, SENCOs, Inclusion Leads, etc.) or indirectly (e.g. head teachers, governors, etc).  It has to be about a coordinated approach in order to optimise outcomes.


It is our intent to continuously add to these.  Should you have any suggestions or feedback, do get in touch.  The SEND review models page will be updated annually in the summer term.