Developing ordinarily available provision in Portsmouth

A case study on Portsmouth's approach to developing ordinarily available provision.

  • Theme: Universal support
  • Strength: Promising
  • Breadth of Impact: Promising

In 2017, the Portsmouth Education Partnership identified improving outcomes for pupils on SEN Support as a key priority. The partnership therefore set up a task and finish group to co-produce a set of clearer expectations about the support and provision that should be available for all children and young people on SEN Support in Portsmouth mainstream schools and settings, backed up with advice, guidance and resources for settings to enable them to deliver that support. Feedback from professionals, the local Parent Carer Forum (PCF) and external inspections suggests that the clearer expectations around Ordinarily Available Provision, coupled with renewed advice and guidance, has improved both the consistency and the quality of teaching and support offered to disabled children and children with SEN across Portsmouth.

The SEND Effective Practice Evidence Framework considers that the “strength of evidence” of this case study is promising – the work has been reviewed internally and externally, sustained and replicated. The “breadth of impact” of this case study is promising – there is evidence of impact in two of the four broad areas of impact considered by the framework.