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Traded services

Our traded services help provide the best learning environments for our children.

School standards service – Special educational needs

SEND, Inclusion, Learning Difficulties and Disabilities – high-quality provision for pupils experiencing barriers to learning.

Key service features

Our SEND service provides a coherent, co-ordinated, integrated and focussed support to settings and schools to help improve outcomes for children with SEND in meeting the complex requirements of vulnerable children and young people with Special Educational Needs. This is achieved by close partnership and collaborative working with parents and other professionals within Reading Borough Council’s Education and Children’s Services including Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding, Health and the voluntary sector.

We have an excellent knowledge of the Reading context, understand relevant legislation and local policies, and have well established networking links locally and nationally.

Key benefits for schools

We offer support and constructive challenge to schools and settings always with the aim of improving the outcomes of children and young people by:

  • Helping to improve curriculum delivery
  • Maximising the effective use of the resources that are available
  • Develop effective, high-quality provision
  • Helping to raise achievement, improving progress and outcomes
  • Closing attainment gaps and reduce under performance
  • Developing expertise and capacity within the settings
  • Providing support for school leadership teams
  • Providing bespoke in-service training that meets the identified needs and intentions of the school
  • Providing an external and independent review of provision

Our service in detail

The SEND team works with pupils across all key stages, from Early Years to Post 16, as well as CYP in sixth forms and colleges. We are passionate about positive outcomes and believe that by working together we can improve the learning for your CYP.

Support can be provided in the following areas

  • Examination access arrangements
  • Support with SENCo role
  • Post 16 and Further Education
  • Transition between phases
  • Accessibility Planning
  • Preparation of key SEND documentation

Our service standards

  • We will try to ensure needs are met in local schools and by local community services
  • We will ensure that we have a skilled workforce that is able to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN and disabilities
  • Encourage positive transitions at all key stages within a 0-25 age range, especially a more successful transition to adult life
  • We want to improve provision and parental choice by working in partnership with providers in the voluntary and independent sectors who share our vision and values
  • We will act as a critical professional friend to the school , help Governors to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement, and plan effective change
  • Support the Governors capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils, and to improve other key performance indicators that have a bearing on the school
  • Remain fully up-to-date with all local and national initiatives and current policy relating to school governanceWe will achieve this by using the best expertise and knowledge in schools and other services, to increase capacity throughout the Borough by sharing best practice and by promoting a model of collaborative working and shared responsibility.


This is an annual service which will be invoiced 50% at the end of the summer term and 50% at the end of the autumn term. Any additional costs will be invoiced at the end of the financial year.

Standard terms and conditions apply.

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