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SEND Reviews

The SEND Review Guide has been developed by WHOLE SCHOOL SEND to enable schools to self-reflect on their provision for children and young people with SEND. It is nationally recognised and has been widely adopted through various networks as supporting the development of SEND provision. It can be used by all sectors including mainstream, special, AP and PRU providers. The review aims to:

  • help and improve progress for children with SEND.
  • support effective implementation of SEND provision.
  • develop inclusive practice.
  • identify key areas of development in schools.
  • support whole school change.

The WHOLE SCHOOL SEND Self Review guide can be found here.

Telford and Wrekin SEND Best Practice Guidance

The SEND Best Practice Guidance has been produced by Telford and Wrekin to support and compliment a school’s self-review using the WHOLE SCHOOL SEND evaluation tool.  It is a catalogue of statements which come from Telford and Wrekin schools and has been produced by SENCos and professionals with expertise in SEND. A number of resources are included too. It intends to be an evolving document which will be regularly updated with new additions.

The guidance is divided into sections that match the WHOLE SCHOOL SEND evaluation tool and includes: 

  • Outcomes for pupils with SEND
  • Leadership of SEND 
  • The quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND 
  • Working with pupils and parents/carers of pupils with SEND
  • Assessment and identification
  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluation
  • The efficient use of resources
  • The quality of SEND provision.

Telford and Wrekin Best Practice materials can be found here.

FREE visits to Telford and Wrekin schools

Schools must contact the Severn Teaching School to arrange their FREE visit from a SEND SLE. 

Please send in expressions of interest stating you want a ‘SEND self review’ to

Making the Most of Your LSAT Sessions

As discussed at the last SENCo network meeting, the LSAT team encouraged you to discuss different ways of using your sessions. Sessions can be used to build staff confidence and expertise and support more of your children with SEND.

Some alternatives to single pupil assessments are:

  • Review of existing policies and practice, data and recent Ofsted inspection or SEND Review findings followed by action planning for SEND
  • Learning walks with a specific SEND focus.
  • Bespoke training on an identified area of SEND: whole school, year group, teaching assistants, extended schools staff etc
  • Teacher drop in/consultation sessions to discuss pupils within the class with brief written advice provided
  • Small group screenings/brief assessments with short reports
  • Modelling of intervention delivery
  • Observation/monitoring of intervention delivery
  • Classroom/Whole School Audits of learning environments e.g. communication/dyslexia/autism friendly.
  • Coaching and Mentoring for individual staff or SENCOs, including classroom observations
  • Workshops for teachers or parents
  • Support at parents evenings or coffee mornings where required

Please speak to your LSAT about how to make the most of your sessions and design a bespoke package that meets the needs of your school

Inclusive School Forum (ISF)

The Inclusive School Forum is a school led forum within Telford and Wrekin that provides support and challenge to mainstream schools regarding the provision and practice they deliver for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). It aims to provide an opportunity to network and deliver peer to peer guidance. The focus is, through sharing best practice, to develop an inclusive education system within Telford and Wrekin whereby children with increasingly complex needs achieve and succeed within mainstream schools.

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