Person-Centred Approaches: Clarity or Confusion? with Angela Scott

The Children’s Act 2014 and SEND Code of Practice (2015) placed great emphasis on the use of person-centred approaches. The concept was embraced but without necessarily being fully explored and accurately interpreted. There is a level of confusion in some schools and settings about how to effectively implement person-centred practices without fully understanding the underlying principles. For SENCOs in particular, these approaches have often become overly bureaucratised.

In this week’s episode, Angela Scott joins Dale to discuss ‘Person-Centred Approaches: clarity or confusion?’. Angela explores person-centred approaches covering:

  • Concept confusion between pupil voice, pupil participation, pupil engagement and person-centred approaches. Unpicking each to ensure effective use of all.
  • The history and key principles of person-centred approaches.
  • What person-centred approaches can mean for children and young people with SEND and for their families and teachers.
  • Person-centred approaches and potential links to current thinking about metacognition and self-regulation
  • Supporting person-centred approaches through pedagogy and practical tools.

Listen to gain a stronger understanding of person-centred approaches to drive positive outcomes for pupils with SEND.

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About Angela Scott

Angela Scott is the Regional Lead for SEND for the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) and is programme lead for the National Award for SEN Coordination, Advanced SENCO and SENCOs as Leaders Awards.

She is steering the development of the SLCN and SEMH level 4 qualifications and is author of the transformative audit and planning tool known as aptGO; designed to help schools work within Ofsted judgements Good and Outstanding.

She is a member of a number of national working groups for SEND and has created and delivered the professional development programme for the introduction of SENCOs into Hong Kong primary and secondary schools.

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