Information for schools and settings

SEN – support, assessment and identification

Milton Keynes steps to inclusion

Milton Keynes is committed to being a community where children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) can achieve well because they enjoy learning and we identify their needs early, act quickly, work together and give them the right support.

Milton Keynes steps to inclusion (PDF, 109KB)
Common language and understanding report (PDF, 292KB)

Documents to Support Graduated approach:

Professionals in Milton Keynes have created documents to support settings in using the graduated approach.  

The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disability will be supported within their mainstream school through the graduated approach, quality first teaching, targeted and personalised support. To support settings/schools, the specialist teaching teams have created 'Good practice guidance for all learners through the graduated response' (DOCX, 183KB). For a few children/young people, external support will be necessary.


The FACT/FACT+ documents can be downloaded below.

Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

Developed by The Communication Trust, the SLCF is a free online professional development tool which sets out the key skills and knowledge needed by the children and young people's workforce to support the speech, language and communication development of all children and young people.

Read about the Speech, Language and Communication Framework.

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EHC Needs Assessments

You can find all the documentation relevant to EHC Needs Assessments here: EHC Needs Assessments.

Gathering the pupil voice

Gathering the pupil voice (DOCX, 228KB)

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The Improvement Partners traded service has a range of self-evaluation documents, for more information please contact Linda Bartlett Improvement Partner for Inclusion.

Guidance on the self-evaluation of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) (PDF, 998KB)
Guidance on the self assessment of behaviour (PDF, 485KB)

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Early Years Important Forms

For Early Years settings, non-maintained nurseries and maintained nurseries.

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SEND Service Processes

We have recently been reviewing our processes and simplifying how we communicate these to parents/carers, schools/settings and other professionals and support services. 

We will be continuing to review and add to our process documents into the Autumn term 2021. We welcome any feedback you may wish to share with us, either by the feedback link in the header bar, through email or by phone (01908 657825).

Routes in to SEND Services (PDF, 134KB) - find out about the different services available and how to access them

SEND Support Plans (PDF, 120KB)

Inclusion Specialist Teaching Team (ISTT) Support (PDF, 173KB)

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment Process (PDF, 115KB)

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Timescales (PDF, 123KB)

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Review Process (PDF, 130KB)

EHC Specialist Teaching Team (ESTT) Support (PDF, 127KB)

Phase Transfer Process (PDF, 130KB)- for parents of early years children and those in Years 2, 6 and 11

Phase Transfer Process (PDF, 131KB) - for professionals working with early years children and those in Years 2, 6 and 11

Change of Placement Request Process (PDF, 118KB)- for parents of early years children and those in Years 2, 6 and 11

Change of Placement Request Process (PDF, 118KB)- for professionals working with early years children and those in Years 2, 6 and 11

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Training and events

The latest training booklet can be downloaded below:

Inclusion and Intervention Team Centralised Training 2021-22 (PDF, 442KB) - updated 09 November 2021

SENCo and SEND Team meetings

Essential half termly SENCo and SEND Team meetings

For SENCos, senior leaders and SENAs, joined by representatives from the MKC SEND Team and wider colleagues working to support settings and schools

  • Full agenda will be shared at least one week prior to each meeting
  • Where SENCos are unable to attend on the dates shown, SENCos are welcome to attend on an alternative date (e.g. primary SENCo could instead join the secondary meeting) or to send a representative.
  • If you have any items for the agenda or items which you would like to be discussed please email
  • Should you experience any difficulties with your meeting invite, please contact
Secondary Primary Early Years
Monday 20 September Wednesday 22 September Thursday 23 September
Monday 08 November Wednesday 10 November Thursday 11 November
Monday 10 January Wednesday 12 January Thursday 13 January

Online conference - week commencing Monday 28 March
Further details TBC

Secondary Primary Early Years
Monday 02 May Wednesday 04 May Thursday 05 May
Monday 13 June Wednesday 15 June Thursday 16 June

Early Years Communication Training

Early Years Communication Training autumn 2021 (DOCX, 2.8MB)

Writing outcomes

Writing outcomes - guidance for practitioners presentation (PDF, 128KB)

National Sensory Impairment Partnership

Visit the National Sensory Impairment Partnership website.

British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association has introduced, a new one-stop site for everything you need to know about dyslexia, whether you are dyslexic yourself, a parent or carer of someone who is dyslexic, or a teacher or employer of dyslexic people.

As a mobile-first dyslexia resource, enables you to have information and advice on hand at all times. has been designed to be dyslexia-friendly; the font has been chosen for its clarity and readability, and the accessibility panel allows you to customise text sizes and colour schemes so you can find the combination that works best for you.

Written content is presented under headings in drop down boxes to make sure it’s easy to find and accessible. Information is presented in different formats, including a host of animations, video interviews and training packages, with new resources being added regularly.

All of the resources and links are quality assured by the British Dyslexia Association and other leading UK charities so you can be confident that the advice you are receiving is accurate and current.

Visit the British Dyslexia Association website.

Anti-Bullying Alliance ‘All Together’ Programme

The All Together Programme offers training, support and resources to schools to help them combat bullying. An All Together School is one that has proven its activity to reduce bullying of all children and schools can sign up to take part in the programme today. The All Together programme has been developed over the last three years and builds upon the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s previous SEND anti-bullying champion programme which saw significant positive results.

As part of the programme, the Anti Bullying Alliance and the Council for Disabled Children have made a short film in which young people discuss some of the positive things that they use the internet for. The internet has huge benefits to all young people and we recognise that young people with SEN are no exception to this and that they shouldn’t be deterred by any threat of bullying or personal safety. You can watch the film here.

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Last Updated: 12 November 2021