SEND strategies and plans

Links to relevant local strategies and plans related to SEND including Ordinarily Available Guidance and Profile of Need.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy

Our SEND Strategy sets out Hammersmith & Fulham’s local area commitment to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing and life outcomes for all young people in the borough aged 0 to 25 years who have SEND, while promoting inclusion.

This strategy sits alongside our Early Intervention Strategy (PDF, 3.9MB) and SEND Sufficiency Review (PDF, 511KB) and will align with other strategies as they are refreshed and developed, including our Joint Commissioning, Co-production, and Autism strategies.


Ordinarily Available Provision 

Information for professionals, parents and carers

The Ordinarily Available Provision sets out the description of the provision that should be ordinarily available for pupils in education settings in H&F. These provisions should be made within the existing structures of funding for 

  • Early Years education settings
  • LA maintained schools, academies, and free schools
  • Colleges of further education

The descriptions and examples in the document define ordinarily or normally available educational provision for pupils and students who have SEND. 


Alternative Provision Strategy

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Alternative Provision (AP) Strategy sets out our strategic approach in light of the Department for Education’s published SEND and AP Improvement Plan. The strategy establishes key principles and our model in how we meet needs and prevent exclusions in H&F. 

Alternative Provision Strategy


SEND profile of need

The Profile of Need is a document that should be used jointly with the Ordinarily Available Guidance. This document is designed to give a clearer understanding of an individual’s needs. Each case is different, so the document should be used only as a guidance profiling tool for the child/young person to provide a general indication of the level of provision that may be required through universal, targeted and specialist provision which aligns to our graduated approach to meeting needs in H&F.


SEND Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The SEND JSNA is one of our key strategic documents and draws together data and evidence from a range of sources, including the views of parents and professionals working in the field, to describe a picture of need and service provision across Hammersmith & Fulham. The findings of which have supported the development of our Local Area SEND Strategy and the subsequent priorities within this document and continues to inform other key documents such as the Special School Organisation and Capital Plan. 


We are aware that the SEND Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the Early Intervention Strategy PDFs are not fully accessible. We will replace these with accessible versions soon and in the meantime please contact webmaster@lbhf.gov.uk if you need to speak to someone regarding the information in the documents.

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