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 Spring-term SENDCO

It’s a strange time of year. Too late to set an initiative up for the academic year; too early to write something off until next academic year. Here’s 7 things to be considering as you embark on the Spring term as a SENDCO. Recall your successes Think back to the Autumn term and all thatContinue reading “The Spring-term SENDCO”

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”

Performance management and the Teaching Assistant role

Why have performance management? With social distancing, the TA role is tougher than ever. Why focus on performance management when the role is so pressured already? Is performance management important for TAs when good performance doesn’t ordinarily get financial reward? I argue here why, though it is not one of the explicit recommendations from theContinue reading “Performance management and the Teaching Assistant role”

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”

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”

New to the SENDCO role? Find 10 hours to do these 10 things before you break up for the summer

Look at your current SEND register (1 hour) Work out who you need to make a particular effort to get to know once you’re in the role. Make a list of these students and make them your priority for seeing in class and reading up on from September. 2. Make a realistic reading list andContinue reading “New to the SENDCO role? Find 10 hours to do these 10 things before you break up for the summer”