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Effective SEN Information Report: Tips and Tricks for SENCOs

by | Apr 8, 2023

Creating an Effective SEN Information Report: Tips and Tricks for SENCOs

As a SENCO, you know that your SEN Information Report plays a crucial role in ensuring that your school is providing the best possible support for students with special educational needs. But how can you ensure that your report is both compliant with statutory requirements and accessible to parents and young people? In this article, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for creating an effective SEN Information Report.

Start with the basics

First things first: make sure that your report includes all of the information that is required by law. This includes details about your school’s SEN policy, the types of SEN that your school caters to, and how the school identifies and assesses students with SEN. You should also provide information about the support that is available to students with SEN, including any resources, accommodations, or interventions that your school offers.

Make it user-friendly

Your SEN Information Report should be accessible and easy to read for all stakeholders, including parents, young people, and other professionals. Consider using plain language and avoiding jargon or technical terms wherever possible. You might also consider using visual aids such as diagrams, charts, or infographics to help convey complex information.

Get feedback

Once you’ve drafted your SEN Information Report, be sure to seek feedback from parents, young people, and other professionals. This can help you identify areas where the report could be improved or made more accessible.

Keep it up-to-date

Remember that your SEN Information Report is a living document, and should be updated regularly to reflect any changes to your school’s SEN provision. This might include changes to policies, staffing, or resources.

Emphasise your school’s commitment to inclusion

Finally, make sure that your SEN Information Report emphasises your school’s commitment to inclusion and promoting the well-being of all students. This can help to reassure parents and young people that their needs will be met in a supportive and inclusive environment.

 

In conclusion, creating an effective SEN Information Report is an important part of your role as a SENCO. By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your report is compliant, accessible, and user-friendly. Remember to keep your report up-to-date and emphasise your school’s commitment to inclusion and well-being. Good luck!

 

Abigail Hawkins FCCT

Abigail Hawkins FCCT

Director of SENDCO Solutions

Abigail Hawkins was a SENCO for over 25 years and has worked with pupils with all types of needs.  Abigail has worked with Ed-Tech companies on developing their software and also been chair of governors for a multi-academy trust. Abigail now runs SENsible SENCO and SENDCO Solutions, with the aim of working with SENCOs and inclusion leaders across the UK to improve their support for SEND pupils. See our school services for more information.

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