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SEND Insights

Welcome to our SENCO news and updates series, where we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest developments, trends, and best practices in the world of Special Educational Needs Coordination. If you’re a SENsible SENCO member, you get even more amazing help, advice and insights when you log in.

Keeping Up with Qualifications and Certifications in SEND

Keeping Up with Qualifications and Certifications in SEND

Explore the significance of keeping Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) qualifications and certifications up-to-date. Learn about evolving best practices, legal requirements, and the impact on confidence and credibility. Discover strategies for monitoring, updating, and broadening qualifications in the dynamic field of SEND.

Managing Staff Absences in SEND

Managing Staff Absences in SEND

Explore strategies for managing staff absences in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) settings, ensuring the continuity of support for SEND pupils. Learn about the importance of consistency, skill specificity, pre-emptive planning, communication, adaptation, and post-absence transitions. Discover contingency measures for a seamless SEND provision.

Hosting Drop-In Sessions: Why and How?

Hosting Drop-In Sessions: Why and How?

Explore the importance of hosting regular SEND drop-in sessions, fostering open communication, building trust, and engaging parents, pupils, and staff in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) process. Learn how to plan and execute these sessions effectively and address challenges that may arise.

Recruitment in SEND: Timing and Considerations

Recruitment in SEND: Timing and Considerations

Explore the art of recruiting new members to your SEND department, ensuring that your team remains strong and effective. Learn how to identify staffing gaps, time recruitment processes effectively, create compelling job ads, conduct interviews, onboard new members, and retain talent.

The Role of SENCO in Reading/Spelling Age Updates

The Role of SENCO in Reading/Spelling Age Updates

Explore the vital role of SENCOs in updating reading and spelling ages for SEN students. Learn how this data serves as a diagnostic tool, influences interventions, and informs curriculum planning. Discover the importance of collaboration and technology in the process.

Planning Support Timetables and Interventions

Planning Support Timetables and Interventions

Dive into the art and science of planning and reviewing support provisions for SEND students. Learn how to grasp student needs, set clear objectives, create flexible timetables, and engage stakeholders like parents and support staff. Navigate the seas of interventions with precision and care.

Aiming for Recognition Awards in SEND

Aiming for Recognition Awards in SEND

Explore the significance of recognition awards in the world of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Learn how awards celebrate excellence, raise SEND profiles, and inspire innovation. Discover steps to embark on the journey to recognition and the rewards it brings.

Ensuring Examination Access Arrangements

Ensuring Examination Access Arrangements

Discover the significance of Examination Access Arrangements (EAA) in leveling the playing field for SEND students during exams. Learn about types of EAA, timelines for planning, and the vital role of SENCOs in the process.

Enhancing SEND Provisions: Planning and Adaptation

Enhancing SEND Provisions: Planning and Adaptation

Explore the importance of evolving SEND provisions to meet changing student needs. Learn strategies for data-driven decision-making, gathering stakeholder feedback, staying updated with research, piloting new provisions, and collaborating with specialists. Navigate challenges like resource management and maintaining tailored solutions.

Periodic Review of the SEND Register

Periodic Review of the SEND Register

Discover the significance of regularly reviewing your SEND register and effective strategies for keeping it current. Learn how to maintain confidentiality, engage parents, and ensure accurate snapshots of students’ needs.

Managing Software Licences in SEND

Managing Software Licences in SEND

Explore the crucial role of software tools in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) education, and discover effective strategies for managing software licences to ensure cost efficiency and optimal utilization, including tracking expiry dates, monitoring usage, budgetary considerations, and the advantages of effective licence management.

Facilitating Staff Feedback after Externally Attended CPD

Facilitating Staff Feedback after Externally Attended CPD

Explore the importance of facilitating feedback and sharing knowledge after attending external Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions in the education realm. Learn strategies for maximizing the impact of externally gained knowledge, including scheduled debrief sessions, formal feedback forms, integration into strategy meetings, peer-led workshops, and maintaining a CPD knowledge repository.

Delivering Staff CPD: Preparation and Follow-Up

Delivering Staff CPD: Preparation and Follow-Up

Explore the art of delivering impactful staff Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the realm of education. Learn how to understand staff needs, design relevant sessions, engage effectively during delivery, and ensure long-term integration and application of CPD knowledge.

Prioritising Personal Development as a SENCO

Prioritising Personal Development as a SENCO

Explore the importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the realm of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Discover how CPD enhances skills, knowledge, networking, and confidence for SENCOs, and learn about the benefits of accessing free CPD resources like the ‘SENsible SENCO’ weekly offer.

Mastering the Transition Process

Mastering the Transition Process

Explore the importance of smooth transitions in a student’s educational journey and discover strategies for mastering the transition process. Learn how to address potential challenges, collaborate effectively, and ensure successful transitions for SEND pupils.

Coordinating With Support Specialists

Coordinating With Support Specialists

Explore the importance of coordinating with support specialists in the realm of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Discover who these specialists are, their key roles, and why regular engagement with them is vital for tailoring interventions, skill transfer, holistic understanding, and efficient scheduling.

Engaging with Your SEND Governor

Engaging with Your SEND Governor

Explore the importance of engaging with your SEND Governor in the realm of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the SEND Governor, the value of regular interactions, and tips for making the most of your meetings to shape effective SEND strategies.

The Importance of SEND Network Meetings

The Importance of SEND Network Meetings

Explore the significance of SEND network meetings for SENCOs and professionals in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) domain. Discover their primary objectives, impact on SEND provisions, and the role they play in supporting SENCOs both professionally and emotionally.

Understanding Your SEND Budget

Understanding Your SEND Budget

Explore the world of SEND budgets and discover their importance in supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities. Learn about funding sources, factors determining budget allocation, and the significance of periodic discussions for effective budget management.