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Identification of need and inclusive provision

Inclusion and provision self-evaluation framework (IPSEF)

IPSEF is a framework that settings can use to evaluate their provision to support inclusive practice and to demonstrate their compliance against the Ofsted framework, legal requirements, and Norfolk County Council's Provision Expected at SEN Support (PEaSS). It is intended to effectively be a 'one-stop tool' for settings to evaluate themselves.

The IPSEF web form is available online.

An IPSEF data collation tool has been created to aid settings to collate information about a cohort of children and young people from a variety of sources before completing a web form.

The IPSEF focuses on:

  • Culture and ethos
  • Provision
  • Independence

The benefits for education settings:

The IPSEF will inform your planning for the new financial and academic years and can be used to measure improvement progress from year to year. It will help you to make effective, efficient budgetary decisions and will reduce workload as educational settings can capture all required performance in one place.

The benefits for county council:

The IPSEF creates a methodology the council can use to understand an educational setting's inclusion and SEND context.. This can be specific to an individual, or aggregated data can enable the review of multiple settings.

Educational settings should use the IPSEF alongside the INDES so we can create a reliable and high-quality standard set of data to help us:

  • Better plan the deployment of our services
  • Make effective and efficient budgetary decisions
  • Identify gaps in our services and in settings provision
  • Correctly contrast and compare areas
  • More quickly process funding requests to support educational settings
  • Help us measure our impact

It is recommended that education settings complete an IPSEF once a year, re-evaluating themselves each Spring term. Settings are encouraged to conduct their own external moderation to ensure consistency within a trust or cluster. The Inclusion and SEND team will co-ordinate moderation exercises during an academic year.

The IPSEF moderation panel is made up of professionals from education settings and NCC SEND and Inclusion teams.

Expressions of interest in joining the moderation panel will be considered - please contact the Inclusion and SEND team via the indesipsefsupport@norfolk.gov.uk mailbox.