SEND mainstream core standards

Children and their families are at the centre of the work of schools.

All schools put provision in place for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) taking in to account their individual needs.

The mainstream core standards (PDF, 1.8 MB) explains what schools (including academies and free schools) must do to support children and young adults with SEND so that they are included in all aspects of school life (or are as included as they wish to be), make progress and are happy in school.

The document has been co-produced with parents, children and young adults, schools, specialist teachers, educational psychologists, colleagues from health and the local authority.

The mainstream core standards

The mainstream core standards provides a framework for schools to support children and young people with SEND. This is further supported by the county wide approach to inclusive education, which details the plan in moving forward in making sure SEND children and young adults are included in mainstream education.

The parent guide to mainstream core standards

The mainstream core standards - parents guide (PDF, 1.1 MB) helps you to understand and use the mainstream core standards document, by providing a summary of the guidance given to schools by the Local Area (Education, Local Authority and Health), about how they can make sure that they are doing everything they can to meet the needs of their children and young people with SEND.

It can be used to help support the discussions you will have with your child’s school. Usually, a child or young adult with SEND will not need all of the support described. However, everyone is an individual, so the support will vary and could include different strategies, interventions and resources from across the whole document. It may also be the case that schools use approaches that are not described in the document.


If you have any concerns or questions about the support in place for your child with SEND, you should contact the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) service who offer confidential and impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents.