School support for special educational needs | Oxfordshire County Council

School support for special educational needs

Educational provision and support for children and young people from 5-16.

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Identifying and supporting special educational needs

We have produced guidance for early years providers and primary schools (pdf format, 1.7Mb) and secondary schools (pdf format, 1.1Mb) on identifying and supporting children and young people with special educational needs.

It sets out:

  • a clear and consistent approach to identifying when a child or young person has special educational needs and how to support them to achieve good outcomes.
  •  how parents, children and young people should be involved and how they can contribute to decision making.
  • expectations of what schools and settings will put in place for the funding that they receive.

It includes an introduction for parents, a detailed glossary of words and acronyms that you may come across and guidance about good practice when holding a review meeting.

Quality First Teaching

YouTube video has been produced by Oxfordshire’s School Inclusion Team (OXSIT) about Quality First Teaching to help schools maximise progress for all learners.

Visit to find out more about how the team work with schools to improve outcomes for learners vulnerable to under-achievement.

Finding a school

Most children and young people with special educational needs attend their local mainstream school or academy.

Alternatively contact and address details can be found using the Oxfordshire schools search.

Special schools and specialist resource bases

Children and young people whose needs are supported by an Education, Health and Care plan may access special educational provision, either by attending a special school or a specialist resource base attached to a mainstream school.  Specialist resource bases provide for children with specific needs eg hearing impairment.

Independent and non-maintained special schools in England

You can view an approved list of all independent and non-maintained special schools in England  on the Department for Education website

Accessibility for all

Schools and education authorities have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children and young people.

The Schools Accessibility Strategy - revised 2017 (pdf format, 408Kb) helps schools, parents and young people understand what this means, with practical examples of how it can help children and young people to be included at school. Within this strategy is an Accessibility Strategy Toolkit (pdf format, 425Kb) which any school can use.

Special Provision Fund

The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEND. The formula for the allocations to local authorities is based principally on projected numbers for children and young people age 2-18 between the years 2018/19 and 2020/21. Oxfordshire's share of the Special Provision Fund is £2,454,466, which will be paid to the council in three equal payments, between 2018 and 2020.

Before receiving this funding, the council must:

  1. Work with education providers to agree how the capital can best be targeted. Oxfordshire County Council has established a High Needs Review Steering Group to keep the provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) under review. This Steering Group includes representatives from the county’s special and mainstream schools, and is one key mechanism through which education providers have been consulted. Through working with the Steering Group, as well as directly with schools, a draft plan for how this funding will be invested has been developed.
  2. Consult with parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities and young people with SEN and disabilities. An open consultation was held between 25 January and 22 February 2018 to allow all those with an interest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to feed back their views on the proposed plan
  3. Publish a plan on their local offer page showing how they intend to invest their funding. To qualify for the funding, the plan must be published no later than 14 March 2018.  

Proposals for utilising the Special Provision Fund allocation were approved by the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Education 7 March 2018. Read a copy of the cabinet report.

Our plan

The completed investment plan (pdf format, 323Kb) includes details of the Council’s capital investment proposals to increase the provision of school places for children with SEND between 2017/18 – 2020/21. The investment proposals (pdf format, 323Kb) are in chronological order with the Special Provision Fund proposals towards the bottom of the list.

Last reviewed
19 October 2017
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