High-quality teaching to support pupils with SEND

Support pupils with SEND through high-quality teaching, also known as quality first teaching, as required in the SEND Code of Practice.

Last reviewed on 27 April 2023
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  1. First step to supporting pupils with SEND is high-quality teaching
  2. Understand the key elements of high-quality teaching 
  3. Use our resources to review your quality of teaching  

First step to supporting pupils with SEND is high-quality teaching

High-quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the individual needs of the majority of pupils.

Additional interventions and support can't compensate for a lack of good quality teaching. 

Therefore, you need to regularly review high-quality teaching in your school, and make sure teachers are familiar with the strategies they need to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). 

This is explained in the Special Educational Needs and and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice, on pages 25 and 99.

Understand the key elements of high-quality teaching 

Ofsted describes high-quality teaching, focused on the curriculum, in sections 212 and 214 of the School Inspection Handbook, which describes the quality of education judgement. 

Presenting key concepts of the subject curriculum well Supporting pupils to build their knowledge and apply that knowledge as skills Effective use of assessment to check for understanding Identifying and correcting

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