Helping teachers identify those with needs
When visiting a SENCO in another school I was speaking to her about how they manage the assessment and identification of those with additional needs. In the past she had done most of the work herself, identifying potential needs from CATs results and from staff e-mailing concerns. What she quickly found out was that staff were not really sure of what to be looking for and often mistook behavioural issues with SEND. To support with this she organised a teacher training day with a session on identifying students with additional needs. During this session she explained the main things to look for and shared a form for teachers to fill in to pass on concerns to her. After this session she found staff were much quicker at identifying needs and provided the SEND team with useful evidence to help the process of assessing them. With staff being able to identify the needs of students better, she also found that appropriate support and adjustment was being provided in lessons quicker.