One of the key features of school improvement generally, and the SEND Review specifically, is schools and settings supporting each other, promoting shared learning through collaboration. This section of the SEND Gateway enables you to participate in this through the sharing of examples of best practice in SEND, as well as providing you with links to research, providers and provision, which will support you and your school to improve practice in any of the above eight areas.
‘Best practice’ has been defined as “existing practices that already possess a high level of widely-agreed effectiveness” (Hargreaves and Fullan, ‘Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School’, 2012). In other words, those strategies and practices which have worked for you because they have had an impact on outcomes for children and young people with SEND. You may think that what you do is ‘too simple’ to share, or that ‘surely everyone else has already thought of it’, but do not undervalue yourself and the practice that goes on in your school or setting. Consider how other professionals may benefit from your experiences, both positive and negative: if you tried something that did not work as well as you hoped, this can provide valuable learning for others, just as much as something that went really well, so please consider sharing your examples of best practice by using the button on the right.
The SEND Review, developed by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) and partners, is ‘a school-led approach to improving provision for all’ based on the principle that excellent teaching for SEND pupils is excellent teaching for all (SEND Code of Practice, 2015). It can be used in both mainstream and special settings and is based around 8 areas:
- Outcomes for pupils with SEND
- Leadership of SEND
- The quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND
- Working with pupils and parents/carers of pupils with SEND
- Assessment and Identification
- Monitoring, tracking and evaluation
- The efficient use of resources
- The quality of SEND provision
There are two routes to the resources, either through the ‘Special Schools/Provision’ button or the ‘Mainstream’ button, on the right of this page. Clicking either of these links will take you to a page containing the eight areas of the SEND Review along with sector specific exemplars of best practice. You will be able to access research, providers and provision, and examples of good practice from other schools.
nasen does not approve or endorse any of the school examples of practice that are published on the SEND Gateway.