SEND Information Report: What must schools include? A Quick Guide

Here’s a checklist of what needs to be in a SEND Information Report.

It is based on the 2015 SEND Code of Practice and can be downloaded in Word or pdf.

SENDCos do not have to write a separate SEND Policy and School Info Report. The DfE say these can all be one document.

Whether you merge your or keep separate, this checklist makes sure you meet all the legal requirements for the SEND Information Report.

SEND Information Report Content Checklist

What does Ofsted Guidance say?

There is no mention of SEND Info Reports in their 2019 School Inspection Handbook.

However, in advance of their visit, inspectors “review and consider relevant publicly available information, such as the school’s website.” This might include the SEND Info Report.

What do NASEN say?

“Best practice goes beyond basic requirements and ensures documents are as accessible as possible”

Other things you might include:


Make your document better for those with reading or visual difficulties with these tips:

Table contains information on making SEND Information Reports accessible

These are basic tips and you can go further (e.g. using a buff colour background). We explain how to do follow these tips in more detail here:

Where can I get more advice or support?

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