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  • Additional needs register: templates and advice What should be included in an additional needs register? This article features a template additional needs register and relays advice from one of our associate education experts. We also look at the areas of need identified in the SEND code of practice and link to related articles from The Key.
  • Auditing inclusion provision Is there any guidance on auditing an inclusion team? One of our associate education experts suggests how to undertake an audit of a school's inclusion provision. This article also links to information from Ofsted on the inspection of inclusion.
  • Auditing SEND provision Download our template for auditing your provision for pupils with SEN or a disability. The audit covers the code of practice, teaching and learning and meeting the individual needs of pupils.
  • Deploying TAs effectively: pupils with EHC plans Not all pupils with EHC plans are entitled to 1:1 support from a teaching assistant (TA) – for those that are, this time is protected. Find out answers to frequently asked questions about how to use TAs as 1:1 support.
  • Home-to-school transport: pupils with SEND Your LA must put free travel arrangements in place for certain children with SEND. Find out more about the requirements and which of your pupils may be eligible.
  • Lesson planning for pupils with SEN How can we evaluate how well teachers plan for pupils with SEN? This article features a template for auditing how well teachers’ lesson planning caters for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). We also include guidance on supporting pupils at the start of lessons, and links to further resources.
  • Local offer: what you need to know You must support your local authority with the development and review of its local offer. Find out what this means and see examples of LA local offers and how a range of schools link to these in their SEN information reports.
  • National data on SEN Find out the most recent national data on the proportion of pupils with SEN, and where you can find data for previous years.
  • Removing a pupil from the SEND register What is the process for removing a pupil from our SEND register? In this article, one of our associate experts explains why a child might be taken off the SEN register and suggests ways to communicate this decision to parents. We also include examples of policies on this from schools.
  • Running high-quality SEN provision How can a SENCO run a successful SEN department? We relay guidance from one of our associate education experts and a former inspector with SEN expertise. We also link to articles from The Key about auditing provision, Ofsted inspection of SEN provision and pupil voice.
  • SENCO handover: template Whether you’re the incoming or outgoing SENCO, use our handover template to cover all the bases and make sure your school continues to meet the needs of all pupils with SEN.
  • SENCO's year planner Get organised for next year with our annual planner for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). You'll find strategic aims for the autumn, spring and summer terms to help you plan your diary, and a list of operational tasks to schedule in throughout the year.
  • SEND Code of Practice: a summary Read our summary of the SEND Code of Practice to make sure you're meeting your legal duties and putting the child at the heart of your SEND provision. Check the rules on EHC plans, the responsibilities of mainstream schools, and the local offer.
  • SEND register: templates and advice Is there a template for a SEND register? This article features a downloadable KeyDoc with templates for a SEND register and an interventions record. We relay advice on organising and updating your SEND register, and look at the areas of need identified in the SEND Code of Practice.
  • SEN provision in the EYFS: requirements What does the SEND Code of Practice mean for early years providers? This article outlines requirements for early years providers under the SEND Code of Practice. For example, you will find information on identifying needs and managing SEN support, EHC plans, transition and the role of the SENCO.
  • SEN provision mapping Evidence how you meet the needs of pupils with SEN and additional needs, measure the impact of your interventions, and calculate their cost by downloading our template provision maps.
  • SEN provision: requirements for schools What must schools have in place for SEN provision? We relay guidance from the SEND Code of Practice on what schools must have in place for pupils with SEN and disabilities. We also include a KeyDoc to help you audit your SEND provision.
  • SEN provision: role of teaching staff Understand what teaching staff need to do to identify and support pupils with SEN. Be clear on their responsibilities so you can give your staff the confidence to support all pupils.
  • Staff questionnaire: SEND Is there a questionnaire for staff on SEND? We include a KeyDoc questionnaire for auditing staff knowledge of SEN and collecting their views on provision. We also link to sample questions from a local authority and include case studies on identifying staff development needs in relation to SEN.
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  • Creating school-based plans for pupils with SEN What should a school-based SEN plan include? We explain that schools are free to choose the format of the school-based SEN plans they use. We relay advice on writing a plan to fit pupils' needs, and how to use plans effectively.
  • Nurture groups: evaluating impact How can we monitor the impact of a nurture group? We look at strategies and tools to use to evaluate the effectiveness of nurture groups, including the Boxall profile, questionnaires and observations. You will also find good practice tips from Ofsted and information on a quality mark award.
  • Pupil observation reports for SENCOs Use our templates to report observations on pupils with SEND in the classroom or on the playground.
  • Pupil pursuit form: pupils with SEN Is there a 'pupil pursuit' form for pupils with SEN? This article includes a KeyDoc form to download, produced with the help of one of our associate education experts. It is designed to help staff observe and record the experiences of a pupil with special educational needs (SEN) in lessons through the day.
  • Recording and monitoring interventions: template forms UpdatedDownload our forms to record and monitor interventions for all pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in one document.
  • Running a nurture group How should we run a nurture unit? We relay guidance from The Nurture Group Network on running a nurture group and look at a case study from a school. We also address whether the nurture space should also be used to run sanctions and link to an Ofsted report on good practice in nurture provision.
  • School-based plans for pupils with SEN: making them pupil-friendly How can we make SEN plans pupil-friendly? We relay guidance from 2 of our associate experts on involving pupils in writing school-based SEN plans and making them accessible to pupils. We also link to examples of pupil-friendly plans.
  • School-based plans for pupils with SEN: templates and examples UpdatedDownload our templates of school-based plans and see examples of templates from LAs and schools.
  • SEN review meetings with parents: guidance Be clear on the requirements and get guidance on how to run SEN review meetings, including who to invite and what to cover. Download our template so you can keep track of key points.
  • Timetabling SEN interventions (primary): guidance Organising interventions as part of the school timetable can be a tricky task. Two of our associate education experts advise on how to effectively timetable interventions for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) while trying to avoid impact on other subjects.
  • Using individual education plans (IEPs) Are schools still using IEPs? The SEND Code of Practice does not mention individual education plans (IEPs), but schools can continue to use them. We relay advice on whether IEPs are still fit for purpose and look at what terminology schools and LAs are using for school-based SEN support plans.
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  • Annual reviews of EHC plans: guidance and process Find out about the requirements for reviewing education, health and care (EHC) plans from the SEND Code of Practice, including who should conduct the review in your school, and follow our step-by-step guide.
  • Costing SEN provision for individual pupils How can we work out the cost of SEN provision for individual pupils? We relay LA guidance on how to calculate costs for SEN provision for individual pupils and link to templates for costed provision maps. You will also find a downloadable KeyDoc of a provision map.
  • Differentiating between SEN and underachievement Get help with identifying whether a pupil has SEN, and download our guide for teachers on how to do this. There's also a template form for teachers to refer pupils for SEN provision.
  • EHC assessment applications: your how-to guide Learn how you can create a strong application for an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment, including the evidence to provide and how to present it.
  • EHC plans: sample formats There's no format that must be followed for education, health and care (EHC) plans. However, see what information must be included, and find template plans from local authorities.
  • How to help pupils with SEN contribute to their targets Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) should be involved in monitoring and setting their targets for EHC plans and IEPs. Learn how to support pupils to do this, with advice from an SEN expert and guidance from a local authority.
  • Internal SEN referral forms: template and examples Download our template form designed to help teachers refer a pupil to the SENCO, and see other examples of forms to help you with writing your own.
  • Outcomes in EHC plans: guidance and examples Find out what you need to be thinking about when developing outcomes for education, health and care (EHC) plans, and have a look at some sample outcomes.
  • Parental opposition to SEN provision If parents are opposed to SEN provision for their child, take a look at this article for guidance on how to address their concerns.
  • SEN support: explaining the approach to parents How can we explain the single-category SEN support to parents? This article features a Parent Pamphlet about SEN support, for schools to download and adapt. We also look at information in the SEND Code of Practice.
  • Which pupils should be categorised as receiving SEN support? Is there guidance on which pupils should receive SEN support? This article features expert advice and a case study from a primary school on determining which pupils need SEN support, and which need extra support unrelated to SEN. We also look at the importance of reassessing pupils’ needs over time.
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    • Dyslexia: early identification What are the indicators of dyslexia in pupils? We relay advice on the signs to look out for in children in the early years, primary and secondary school. You will also find information on procedures for assessment and monitoring interventions, and the problems dyslexia can cause if unidentified.
    • Supporting pupils with attachment disorders Learn about attachment disorders, including common behaviours and triggers and what you can do to support pupils.
    • Tools for assessing and tracking pupils' SEMH Are there any examples of tools for assessing SEMH? This article cites a range of tools for assessing pupils' social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). One of our associate education experts provides advice on such assessment. You will also find forms for evaluating SEN interventions.
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