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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) newsletter – autumn 2009

Disability Equality Schemes (DES) and schools

The National Strategies Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team has produced a leaflet designed to help schools ensure that their Disability Equality Scheme (DES) meets the key requirements. Available on the National Strategies web area, it provides pointers for developing a school DES and further information.

It is a quick and easy way for schools to check what the main requirements are, and whether they have met them in their DES. They will need to follow the link to a more detailed self-evaluation resource where they find they need more analysis.

In summer term 2009, the SEND team piloted a DES self-evaluation resource with 150 schools.

The resource is based on a grid with three headings: requirement, evidence and comments/actions, and enables schools to evaluate whether they have the evidence to demonstrate the extent to which they meet each requirement. If not it enables them to plan appropriate actions.