SEN Support in Mainstream Classrooms

In this week’s podcast Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Lorraine Petersen OBE to discuss how SENCOs and class teachers are meeting their legal requirement for pupils on SEN Support.

8 out of 10 pupils with SEND are sitting in mainstream
classrooms requiring SEN Support – that means they are in receipt of additional
and/or different provision to their peers – or are they?

With the tightening of school budgets, lots of schools have
had to reduce the numbers of support staff which has had a direct impact on
SEND pupils and the support they receive. Class teachers have a duty and a
responsibility to ensure that these pupils are in receipt of the additional
and/or different provision required however many have not been trained to support
their complex needs.

What is the SEN Register for? Is it just a list of names or
is it a list of names you are tracking and monitoring, ensuring they are
receiving support and is it effective? What should schools be doing for pupils
on SEN support?

Are you looking for barriers/issues? When progress in
English or Maths is low are you just working on the areas they are struggling
with? Are you looking at the wider picture? Asking why?

There is lots of information and guidance out there, but
before you access that you need to aware of your pupil’s needs, asking
questions and looking at the wider picture. This is something the whole school
needs to think about, not just the SENCO and it needs to be led by the senior
leadership team.

This will start with the curriculum you are teaching, making sure the pupils have the foundations to build on when the progress up the school. Before moving on and chasing progress, make sure pupils have the basic stepping stones.

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