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SENDIASS: Choosing a Specialist Provision Setting (Checklist) - WNC

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The list below outlines areas you may wish to discuss/look for when visiting schools. 

Good Parent Involvement and Support

  • Tolerant, respects diversity
  • Good communication, true partnership with parents
  • Good routines for sharing information
  • Parent training and support groups
  • Interested in family’s needs, helps access services

IEP Development and Implementation

  • Goals specific and measurable
  • Based on both academic and developmental needs
  • Use of a variety of interventions e.g parent training, classroom environment, assistive technology, and peer interaction
  • Team approach, with good routines for sharing information

Review and Monitoring of Progress and Outcomes

  • Use of trial periods
  • Collaborative, ongoing and systematic
  • Scheduled and as-needed meetings
  • Leading to changes in goals and methods    

Management of Challenging Behaviours

  • Proactive – staff training, crisis planning, clear rules
  • Positive – supports, rewards, and skill-building


  • Travel time from home:
  • Safe and reliable transport arrangements


  • Good student: teacher ratio
  • Qualified, knowledgeable, skilled and experienced staff
  • Ongoing training and support for teachers and support staff

Staff Interaction / Communication with Parents

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Meetings at regular intervals
  • Good daily/weekly communication, e.g. home/school book/phone/e-mail

Staff Interaction / Communication with Child

  • Positive focus, using reinforcers and promoting success
  • Response if child struggles with a task?
  • Response if a child behaves inappropriately?
  • Response to a conflict situation?
  • Interacts, doesn’t just give orders

Classroom Environment

  • Clean, safe, spacious and pleasant
  • Structured and organized
  • Sensory-friendly equipped for fine/gross motor, sensory & lang. stimulation

Daily Routine and Curriculum 

  • Will my child have a predictable routine which is challenging and goal-oriented?
  • Covers academic and communication/social/life skills
  • Variety of structured and unstructured activities
  • Variety of independent, small- and large-group activities
  • Predictable routines, use of visual schedules and supports

Instructional Methods, Activities, and Materials

  • Customized and adapted to the individual
  • Appealing, interesting, and actively engaging
  • At the appropriate level of difficulty
  • Emphasizes interaction and communication
  • Promotes independence and generalisation of skills


  • Will my child be actively encouraged to interact with peers and given adequate support?
  • Informal & planned interaction with peers
  • Supports, accommodations & social training for the child
  • Peer training 

Training and support for the mainstream teacher(s) 

  • Supervision and Safety
  • Safe physical environment
  • Adequate supervision (break times, lunch, field trips, transitions)
  • SEN training for all staff

Related Therapies 

  • Does the school work closely with other professionals?


  • Brackley Area
  • Corby Area
  • Daventry Area
  • East Northants Area
  • Kettering Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • North Northamptonshire
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 5 years to 18 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
  • Caring Responsibilities
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Carer / Family / Parent / Relative
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support


c/o SENDIASS, West Northamptonshire Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street
United Kingdom


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Last updated 10 June 2024