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During the inspection: gathering and recording evidence

Inspectors will evaluate evidence relating to the achievement of specific groups of pupils and individuals, including disadvantaged pupils, the most-able pupils, and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Overall effectiveness: the quality and standards of education

Before making the final judgement on the overall effectiveness, inspectors must evaluate:

  • The effectiveness and impact of the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • The extent to which the education provided by the school meets the needs of the range of pupils at the school including:
    • Pupils who have disabilities
    • Pupils who have special educational needs.

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Inspectors will report on the achievement of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This includes reporting on the pupils in any specialist resource provision managed by the governing body and the extent to which the education the school provides meets the needs of these pupils.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Inspectors evaluate the experience of particular individuals and groups, such as pupils for whom referrals have been made to the local authority (checking how the referral was made and the thoroughness of the follow-up), pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, children looked after, those with medical needs and those with mental health needs. Inspectors must look at a small sample of case studies about the experience of these pupils

Outcomes for pupils

Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

Inspectors will consider the progress of pupils who have SEND in relation to the progress of all pupils nationally with similar starting points. Inspectors will examine the impact of funded support for them on removing any differences in progress and attainment. The expectation is that the identification of SEND leads to additional or different arrangements being made and a consequent improvement in progress.