Whole School SEND resources
New - COVID-19 SEND Review Guide
The COVID-19 episode has amplified the need for schools and other education settings to reflect on and refine provision in response to changing need and circumstance.
Ask, Listen, Do: new leaflets
Returning to school after a period of absence
This leaflet, funded by the Department for Education and developed by families as part of NHS England's Ask Listen Do project, is intended to help build partnership between families and the school. The intention is to equip families with questions to ask of schools to make the return to school from a period of absence as successful as possible. The questions can be used by families and by young people to support self-advocacy.
Transition Planning for Year 11
This leaflet, funded by the Department for Education, and developed by families as part of NHS England's Ask Listen Do project, is intended to help build partnership between families and the school. The aim is to provide families with questions to ask of schools, and empower them in having successful planning discussions and securing next steps beyond Year 11.
Recovery, Re-introduction and Renewal: Safe and Successful Returns to School
The COVID-19 episode has exacerbated the need for high-quality and evidence-informed information to support education professionals to successfully re-engage pupils with learning after a period of disruption or trauma. This handbook is grounded in psychological research and theory and seeks to outline essential information in a clear and accessible manner that will be relevant to colleagues in different roles, including those in leadership or classroom-based and across different phases, including primary and secondary.
We also have a free webinar to help you make the most of this resource, available on our YouTube channel.
A suite of resources to support successful returns to school for adopted children
We're pleased to share a new suite of resources to support successful returns to school for adopted children,which includes a pre-recorded roundtable, the voice of a young person, and a range of supporting resources.
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SENCO Induction Pack: revised edition
The SENCO Induction Pack supports new SENCOs at the start of their journey before they complete the NASENCO qualification.
SENCO Research Posters
Whole School SEND Review Suite
Our review guides and reflection frameworks have been created and trialled by experienced school- based professionals and specialists to support school improvement for SEND. They guide the user through an evaluation process to identify areas of strength and areas for development. They can be used for self-reflection, in a peer – to – peer review model or by external reviewers. Professionals in all types of school can use these materials, including mainstream, special, AP or independent. All guides can be used in collaboration with families and pupils and we advise that these stakeholders are included in any structured review activity.
All guides are free to download and available in both PDF format and a white label editable word version.
We offer training on getting the most from the SEND Review process – please get in touch if this would interest you.
Whole School SEND Review Guide
This guide can be used by SENCos and other senior leaders to consider how the whole school functions for pupils with SEND. The process can be used in mainstream and specialist settings.
We are excited to share that the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is funding an evaluation of the SEND Review Guide in mainstream secondary schools.
To access the PDF above, along with an editable versions, please e-mail Kayla Simpson-George who is the Programme Assistant for the EEF funded trial.
Demonstrating Inclusion Tool
This guide can be used by Senior Leadership Teams to consider inclusion within their setting, and explores how inclusion is communicated through policies, enacted in practice and experienced by stakeholders. Each section can be taken alone, or all five combined together. This guide has been designed with self-reflection in mind, but can also be used as part of a professional dialogue across settings.
Effective SENCO Deployment
This guide has been designed for SENCos and their line managers. It covers how key operational and strategic elements of role can be structured and enacted, and offers frameworks for determining areas of priority to develop. This guide can also be used in conjunction with the SENCo Induction Pack.
Preparing for Adulthood from the Earliest Years Review Guide
SENCos, leaders and class teachers can use this guide to support their work in preparing children and young people with SEN and disabilities for the next stage of their learning and development and into adulthood.
SEND Reflection Framework
This guide can be used by any classroom practitioner to reflect on and refine their pedagogy for pupils with SEND. The guide can be used by individual teachers, subject or phase teams or as part of a whole school development strategy. This guide can be used flexibly, for example by focusing on one statement or section, or undertaking a full review.
Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide
This review guide aims to support the effective deployment and management of teaching assistants. It can be used by SENCos and other TA line managers as a tool for both school self-assessment and improvement, and to support a process of school-to-school review and support.
MAT SEND Review Guide
This guide supports leaders in multi-academy trusts to evaluate the quality of SEND provision across a group of schools. The guide can be used by other forms of school groups, such as federations. There is a focus on accurate identification of need and allocation of resources across the four broad areas of need.
Early Years SEND Review Guide
This guide has been designed for those working in or with an early years setting, to review their SEND provision and addresses specific areas most pertinent to young children and the breadth of early years settings.
SEND Governance Review Guide
Governing bodies and SEN governors can use this guide to explore how effectively they support high quality SEND provision in their school or schools. MAT trustees can also use this guide. The guide is structured to follow the six features of effective governance.
Editable Word versions:
A guide to making conversations count for all families (NHS Ask, Listen, Do):
This leaflet, funded by the Department for Education and developed by families as part of NHS England's Ask Listen Do project, is intended to help build a mutually respectful partnership between families and the school, college or other education settings. On occasion, relationships between families and schools are not as successful as they need to be. By building trust this can change and a new way of working together can be developed.
SEND knowledge tool
Developing the workforce is a strategic priority for improving outcomes for pupils. This guidance has been produced by drawing together a wide range of sources from across the education sector in order to better enable teachers, SENCOs, leaders and those in governance roles, to identify and plan their own priorities for developing themselves and/or the teams they lead. Rather than providing a new set of expectations or requirements the SEND knowledge tool, brings together policy, regulation, evidence, and practical guidance based on the graduated approach.
A review of policy in the field of special needs and inclusive education since the 1990s
Effective SEND practice in initial teacher training
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