Whole School SEND Review Trial

News - 26 November 2019

The Whole School SEND Review provides a framework that enables school leaders to evaluate the effectiveness of current SEND provision through a structured self-evaluation and peer review with another school. The SEND Review Guide and peer-review process helps schools identify areas for improvement within their SEND provision, equips schools to review and create improvement plans. This evaluation process supports schools to embed a focus on SEND as a fundamental to normal school improvement practice. 

The trial will use the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to measure impact on student well-being. Summary reports of the SDQ data will be shared with all participating schools and could support the identification of issues relating to Government advice on mental health and behaviour in schools.


Control schools will receive a financial payment of £1,500, in two instalments, on completion of different elements of the study, but will not participate in the SEND Review process. 


Intervention schools will benefit from taking part in the SEND Review process, including a peer review. The school SENDCo will engage in five regional days of CPD, focused on developing SEND expertise in line with areas for development identified in the peer review and strategic leadership skills to effectively implement a SEND Development Plan.

If you would like to find out more or get your school involved please visit register your interest