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Ordinarily Available

Page last updated: 16/10/2023

The Ordinarily Available sets out a common set of expectations about the provision and practice that is expected in all Early Years settings, mainstream schools and Post 16 providers for children and young people with SEND. It is what a young person, parent/carer or family can expect to be “normally" or “ordinarily" available to their child without the need for involving specialist support. 

Ordinarily Available consists of two frameworks:

The concept of OA is grounded in the SEND Code of Practice: (6.15)

 “A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. Making higher quality teaching normally available to the whole class is likely to mean that fewer pupils will require such support. Such improvements in whole-class provision tend to be more cost effective and sustainable".

Now: September 2023 to July 2024

All educational settings are asked to use the OA frameworks from September 2023 as part of their focus on inclusion from September 2023. Speak to your Inclusion Partner for support.

An audit tool is available for the OA Inclusive Teaching Framework. (Please note: this document isn't fully accessible as some of the coloured sections do not meet accessibility guidelines for colour contrast. If you need an accessible version in black and white print, please email

Instructions - Simply type R (red), A (amber) or G (green) into the coloured cell to RAG rate. All cells have been set to red in the attached file. With much thanks to Mr Wainford at St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Weeley, for sharing his audit tool. ​

Next: July 2024

Schools and settings are invited to contribute to setting the shared agreement. Details will follow in the summer term.​