As a process of review, we should be asking ourselves these questions.
Do I have the right systems in place and could I improve them?
Are my systems effective?’
A SEND audit and a fresh pair of eyes can help to answer these questions.
A SEND audit will thoroughly examine the systems in place in your school and check if they are in line with the Code of Practice 2015. It will quickly identify if your school has any gaps or areas of weakness and will provide both an audit and action plan.
A SEND audit will expect you to follow the Code of Practice's Graduated Approach and will become a checklist for your school to follow to ensure that systems are both in place and effective. If any gaps are identified, the audit will provide your school or SENCo with an action plan to follow to ensure that you are compliant with the Code of Practice 2015.
An audit from a practising SENCo allows sharing of good practice and knowledge.
Successful working models of systems and tools can be shared and linked to action planning.
It allows SENCos and Senior Leaders to discuss SEND issues and develop solutions in what can be an isolated school role.
In order to examine school systems and problem solve a SEND audit normally takes a whole day to complete,
School Service - Ask the SENCo
Whole School CPD
Ask The SENCO to deliver CPD sessions to build your staff expertise.
We are all teachers of SEND - Quality First Teaching
NQT support - SEND in your classroom - Q&A strategies
Using assistive technologies to support SPLD
Getting the best from Access Arrangements
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia. Dyscalculia - Break down the barriers
How to bring mindfulness into classrooms
Fight Flight Freeze - understanding behaviour escalation cycles and reduce conflict
Understanding attachment behaviours and tweaking your practice
How to nurture self-esteem and build confidence in hard to reach learners
Requesting an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment is a very time consuming and daunting task.
In theory, The Graduated Approach should meet the majority of children’s needs.
When Ask The SENCo for consultation is helpful:
At the point where schools feel that they have exhausted all the resources that are available to them.
When an EHCNA is requested by parents or by IASS (Information, advice and Support Services)
When Educational Psychology Services struggle to meet need.
When the expertise that SENCos can draw upon is limited and therefore it can help to have advice from someone who has experience of the SEND Team Allocation Meetings, Fair Access Panel process and Pathways Meetings.
I can look at how the Graduated Approach has been applied for individual pupils and advise on next steps.
Provide an opportunity to discuss individual pupils and thoroughly determine if all provision and advice has been exhausted or if there are further considerations to be made before requesting an EHC needs assessment. For example, by making better use of assistive technologies.
Depending upon the number of pupils discussed, this piece of work can take between half a day and a day,
The new Code of Practice 2015 expects schools to be following a Graduated Approach.
Many SENCos and Senior Leaders are still unsure as to what this should look like in their school setting, particularly when meeting individual needs.
Rather than a SEND Audit which examines every part of the school’s SEND practices and offers a final audit and action plan, this piece of work can support SENCos to understand what a good model looks like, with examples of systems and procedures. It provides advice on creating SMARTA targets, IEP & IBP writing, provide tools for provision mapping and for tracking spending in each of the four areas of need.
This approach offers coaching and mentoring for new SENCos or SENCos wanting to improve current practice.
By establishing secure and effective SEND systems outcomes and improved for pupils and their families.
I offer SENCo mentoring over a negotiated period of time. It could take a day or several days of support if need is identified.