About the SEND Inclusion Award

The SEND Inclusion Award provides a framework for recognising outstanding SEND provision in schools. It helps schools establish their strengths and weaknesses in terms of SEND provision and prioritise areas for further improvement and development.

The award also helps schools determine where current provision is having high or little impact on the progress and outcomes of pupils with SEND.

Following a process of self-evaluation, action planning for improvement and evidence collection, schools achieving the award can demonstrate to Ofsted and key stakeholders that they have achieved an outstanding level of SEND provision.


  • Identifying SEN

    Use the ‘Assess, Plan, Do Review’ model to successfully identify and work with pupils with SEND.

  • Compliance

    Demonstrate that SEND provision complies with the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and other key SEND legislation.

  • Leadership

    Create strong and effective leadership and management of SEND provision.

  • Professional development

    Commit to high-quality, on-going CPD and training for SEND.

  • Pupil and parental engagement

    Involve pupils and parents in decisions about SEND provision and support.

  • Pupil outcomes

    Ensure effective everyday teaching and learning for SEND pupils across the school. 

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Steps to Achieving an Award

  • Self-evaluation

    Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.

  • Practical action planning

    Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.

  • Portfolio building

    Collect evidence to meet the award framework.

  • Verification

    External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.

  • Accreditation

    Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!

  • Reassessment

    Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.


for coordinators who prefer an independent approach


Create your school action plan

Access the Awards team for process support

Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation

£1150 + VAT


for coordinators who prefer a supported approach


Work with an adviser to create your school action plan 

Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser

Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report

£3250 + VAT