Creating a special education plan

Creating an education plan for your special school will probably be the longest section in your application.

It should certainly be one of the most detailed. Having set out your vision and key aims this section is where you set out a detailed explanation of how you will put your vision into action. It should consist of the following elements.

Curriculum plan

  • An ambitious and deliverable curriculum plan which is consistent with the vision and clearly describes the cohort of pupils for whom the school will cater

Here you should give high level information on your chosen curriculum including why you have chosen it, why it is suitable to deliver your vision and how it will meet the needs of the pupils your school will cater to. You should show that will develop the literacy and numeracy skills of pupils with statements and will prepare them for later life. For non-statemented pupils you should show that it is broad and balanced and places a suitable emphasis on English, Mathematics and Science. You should include informaiton on what subjects will be covered, the length of the school day, the enrichment programme, the qualifications offered and pupil transition.

You should outline the needs of your expected pupil cohort and explain how your curriculum will meet those needs and will be ambitious for pupils. 

Pupil performance

  • Your strategies for measuring pupil performance effectively and setting challenging targets

Here you should outline your targets for your school and show that they are ambitious and realistic and will allow you to measure the success of your vision. You must also outline an assessment and data tracking system that will allow pupil performance to be monitored and explain your system for reviewing targets to improve school performance.


  • A staffing structure that will deliver the planned curriculum within the expected income levels

You should outline a staffing structure that is affordable and will deliver the education plan as the school builds up to capacity. You must also include a diagram or table that shows how staffing will be phased as the school builds up to capacity.


  • The school will be welcoming to pupils of all faiths/world views and none 

All applicants are required to outline how thier school will be welcoming to pupils of all backgrounds. If your school has a religious designation, a faith ethos, or a particularly distinctive educational philosophy and worldview you must also complete an additional section outlining how the needs of pupils of other and no faiths are fully provided for within the curriculum.

Meeting pupils’ needs

  • How you will meet the needs of the children coming to your school

You should outline the types of need your school will cater for and how you will differentiate the curriculum to meet those needs. As part of this you should describe your strategies to assess and meet the needs of all pupils and these should represent best practice. You should also outline how you will engage with external agencies to ensure pupils' needs are met.

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