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Core Standards for Education

These core standards describe the entitlement of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in early years settings, schools and further education.

'All children and young people in Somerset have the right to an inclusive education where they feel they belong. An inclusive education encourages all children and young people to be the best they can be, whilst making learning enjoyable and fulfilling; socially, emotionally and academically'- a quote from the Somerset Inclusion Statement

The core standards are designed to make it clear 'what to expect' in terms of SEND identification and provision for a range of individuals, including young people, parents and practitioners. 

Key messages

  • Every teacher, lecturer or practitioner is a teacher of every child and young person
  • Quality First Teaching underpins the core standards (and all educational provision)
  • The core standards have been developed with the Parent Carer Forum, Young People's Champions, Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education Leaders.
  • The core standards do not place new or extra responsibilities on education settings. They are a tool to promote consistency across the local authority by making clear what is already expected of all education settings. 

Key aims of the core standards

  • Inclusive quality local education
  • Early accurate identification
  • Positive experience
  • Partnership working
  • Effective transitions at key points

As you will see below, there are general core standards for all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and specific core standards for each primary category of need as defined by the SEN Code of Practice. 

The local authority hopes and expects that the core standards will reduce anxiety and confusion for education settings and families by making clear the core offer of SEN provision that each setting will make.

Core Standards Introduction Presentation Slides February 2017

  1. An Introduction to the Core Standards
  2. Core Standards for Early Years Settings
  3. Core Standards for Schools
  4. Core Standards for Post-16 providers
  5. Core Standards for Cognition and Learning Difficulties
  6. Core Standards for Communication and Interaction Difficulties
  7. Core Standards for Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Difficulties
  8. Core Standards for Physical and Medical Difficulties
  9. Core Standards for Hearing Impairment
  10. Core Standards for Visual Impairment
  11. A Resource Pack containing useful guides to local provisions, training directories
  12. A 'self-evaluation tool' for rating your setting's compliance with the Core Standards

Somerset County Council's Young People's Champions have been busy recording this video for you, to explain what the core standards are all about.

Look out for more of their videos coming soon.