Why everyone should want to be a SENDCO

All teachers should want to be a SENDCO. Whether for the professional development it brings, for the difference it can make to pupils who otherwise might struggle, or just to step up to a whole-school role, ambitious colleagues should view it as an essential step on their own route to leadership.

Seeing without observing: how to be a visible SENDCO without adding to school scrutiny

As a SENDCO, you need to know what is going on in class. You need to make sure students are receiving quality-first teaching. You need to be able to diagnose where this isn’t happening so you can support teachers to develop their practice. You also need to do this without creating a culture of fear.Continue reading “Seeing without observing: how to be a visible SENDCO without adding to school scrutiny”

New to the SENDCO role/new to a school? Try to tick off these things by the end of September

Rather than try to master everything in the first month, this list gives 10 ideas for things to try and tick off by September 30th. Each should be manageable alongside teaching and other responsibilities; it should be broad enough to cover many elements of the role, without expecting you to master everything in just over 4 weeks.

The lockdown SENDCO – how to support children and families during another school closure

Schools to close again. Lots to put in place for Headteachers, whose roles I don’t envy. But what about the SENDCO? Follow these steps, to ensure children and families can be well-supported during school closure: Be aware of the needs of your teams, and of yourself. If you have Teaching Assistants who are clinically extremelyContinue reading “The lockdown SENDCO – how to support children and families during another school closure”

What makes a great SENDCO

What attributes do you need to be a great SENDCO? Though I have often failed in my attempts at greatness, my experience working with 19 SENDCOs across 10 schools has helped me to recognise some of the aspects that get you closer to greatness. Here’s my top 10 of what I think makes a greatContinue reading “What makes a great SENDCO”

Autism Spectrum Disservice – the wait to be assessed and the way forward for schools

I put this Tweet out in early October: This tweet seemed to be received with empathy – 1500 Retweets, 4,000 likes. The Tweet was seen 350,000 times. Of comments shared in response to the Tweet (follow the link here if you should wish to), I saw these 10 things in the responses: It’s a disgrace.Continue reading “Autism Spectrum Disservice – the wait to be assessed and the way forward for schools”

Practical ways to meet parents/carers 3 times per year

“Where a pupil is receiving SEN support, schools should talk to parents regularly to set clear outcomes and review progress towards them, discuss the activities and support that will help achieve them, and identify the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil and the school. Schools should meet parents at least three times each year.” SENContinue reading “Practical ways to meet parents/carers 3 times per year”

Changing SEND provision for the better – writing your development plan

It’s important to put in writing what you want to drive next year, in terms of your provision for children with SEND. This helps you to remain proactive and attuned to the bigger picture, strategic priorities; not purely the day-to-day. You might be grappling with your development plan currently, trying to work out what yourContinue reading “Changing SEND provision for the better – writing your development plan”