Update on Review Guides
White-label versions of all the guides produced by Whole School SEND – the MAT review guide, the SEND Review guide, the TA Review Guide, the SEND Reflection framework and the Preparing for Adulthood Review guide are available to download free at www.sendgateway.org.uk/send-review.
Katherine Walsh, Deputy Regional SEND Leader, has written this account of her experience of using the Whole School SEND Review:
‘I learned about the work of Whole School SEND in 2016, having recently undertaken a position at a school that needed strategic leadership to develop its SEND provision. Historically, provision for children with SEND was held solely by the SENDCo, and consequently senior leaders, teachers and support staff did not feel confident meeting the needs of children with SEND.
In July 2016, David Bartram presented on the work of Whole School SEND at Camden’s Deputy/Assistant Headteacher Conference. I attended the conference with my school’s senior leaders; the presentation served as a lightbulb moment, galvanising senior leaders and helping them better understand the role of a SENDCo. The SEND Review Guide enabled senior leaders to appreciate that shared ownership of provision is needed for teaching and learning to be outstanding for all children, including those with SEND.
The SEND Review Guide is now established at my school as a tool for guidance and reflection. School improvement priorities have been written regarding the SEND Review Guide’s areas of focus, including working with pupils and parents/carers of pupils with SEND, the quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND and assessment and identification. As a leadership team, we collectively plan and review the effectiveness of the provision to identify strategic next steps. In September 2017, the school underwent a significant staffing restructure, and the guidance within the efficient use of resources section enabled us to plan for supporting the needs of children with SEND despite a significant reduction in budget.
Whilst SEND was previously viewed as a role for one person to oversee, there is now shared ownership across key stages, with the SENDCo leading provision, to ensure Quality First Teaching for all children. The provision developed with the guidance of the SEND Review Guide has empowered teachers to have an increased knowledge of, and confidence in, the best practices to meet the needs of children with SEND in their classes.
Moving forward, we are now planning the use of the SEND Governance Review Guide with governors to ensure that every teacher is a teacher of SEND, every leader is a leader of SEND and every governor is a governor of SEND.’
Whole School SEND
Whole School SEND is a community of practice bringing together over 4000 schools, practitioners, parents and third sector organisations, committed to improving outcomes for learners with SEND. It is hosted by nasen and draws together work funded by the Department for Education and other investors.Find out more about the Whole School SEND See all Whole School SEND documents on the gateway