New SEND Legislation: 10-Step Guide for SENCOs

It is inevitable that you will have the opportunity (and pleasure) of working with special needs in your classroom. You may need to make accommodations for some and modifications for others. Providing for the needs of special education students will certainly be one of your greatest challenges as a professional educator, and even more so now that the legislation has changed.

It is inevitable that you will have the opportunity (and pleasure) of working with special needs in your classroom. You may need to make accommodations for some and modifications for others. Providing for the needs of special education students will certainly be one of your greatest challenges as a professional educator, and even more so now that the legislation has changed.  To help with this our SEND trainer Lorraine Petersen has put together a 10-step guide:

10-step guide for SENCOs

  • Read the relevant chapters in the Code of Practice
  • Make sure your staff, governing body and parents are aware of the new SEND legislation
  • Develop your SEN Information Report
  • Clarify what Quality First Teaching means to your school
  • Decide what SEN Support will mean in your school
  • Review and revise SEND Policy
  • Review your SEND register and record keeping systems (IEPs are not statutory)
  • Carry out a professional development audit and develop a programme of CPD
  • Review  the effectiveness of school funding for SEND
  • Review how effectively your Pupil Premium is being used to support SEND pupils

We hope you find this useful in the coming terms.