In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Kate Browning to discuss ‘how do we identify SEND?’ and what should a whole school approach look like.

Kate Browning is an independent SEND Consultant who focuses on school improvement for SEND. She has been (I’m giving you the short version) a SENCo, SEN advisory teacher, local authority school improvement officer for SEND and interim Education Development Officer for NASEN. She teaches the NASENCo course for the university of Northampton and lectuers for the university of Warwick on their PGCE programe. Kate also facilitates the SENCo network across Leicstershire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire, supports Governors and is also a Chair of Governors.

How do we identify SEND is question that although short, the answer is rather complex and has lots of layers. There are lots of people involved in the process, there is the process itself, there are assessments, the need for evidence, planning support and more. It all needs to be done inline with the SEND code of practice.

There needs to be a process in identification of SEND that the whole school follows. In this podcast we discuss what this looks like and that the SENCO is not always involved. Class teachers and subject teachers have a role in this process, before getting the SENCO involved. When the SENCO is involved, their should be a process to ensure that the correct steps have already been taken.

SEND Code of Practice –

B Squared website –

Meeting with Dale to find out more about B Squared products –

Useful Resources from Kate Browning

Continuum of assessment diagram –

Initial concerns checklist –

Additional needs register example –

Primary school SEN register example –

Contact Kate Browning

Twitter – @kate_browning2

Email –

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2 thoughts on “How do we identify SEND? with Kate Browning

  1. Clare Bolzon says:

    You mentioned attaching a register example, and assessment profile example and an initial concerns check list in the notes from Kate, I can’t seem to find them?

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