The Code of Practice is statutory guidance for the following organisations:

  • the governing bodies of schools, including non-maintained special schools
  • the governing bodies of further education colleges and sixth form colleges
  • the proprietors of academies (including free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools)
  • the management committees of pupil referral units
  • independent schools and independent specialist providers approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014

Schools need to provide on their website under the SEND code of practice:

  • SEN information report:​ Contains information on what you have been doing/providing. (refer to section 6.79 page) Should be co-produced with children, young people and their parent carers. (Annually updated)
  • SEND policy: Shows how provision is designed/planned and will be delivered (6.81 p107)​ Children, young people and their parent carers should be consulted. (Updated at least every 3 years)
  • Accessibility plan: Outlines features of the site that enable it to be accessible e.g. ramps, lift, hoist in changing room, accessible toilet, height adjustable desks. (6.2 p92) The plan needs to show how they plan to improve access progressively over time.
  • Local offer link: Web link to Somerset’s Local Offer either embedded or www.somerset.gov.uk/local-offer. (6.81 p107)​ (links to the previous site www.somersetchoices.org.uk are acceptable as still redirect)

Twice a year the Somerset Parent Carer Forum audit all school websites to make sure they are meeting the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice. An action plan is developed to work with schools and colleges to improve the information they share.

Common issues found by the audit include:

  • Local Offer links are broken or hidden in documents
  • Documents are not signed or dated
  • Reviews of documents have not taken place – outdated
  • Not evidencing co-production with parents and young people
  • Somerset SENDIAS (our Information Advice and Guidance service) is often referred to as Parent Partnership (old name) and the contact details are wrong
  • Documents are not as pdfs or are viewed sideways
  • There is confusion between the report to governors and the SEND Information Report

You can see the progress made and action plans in each audit.

School Website Compliance September 2021