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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.

Auditing provision

Tools from The Key

Evaluating your existing special educational needs (SEN) provision will give you a clear picture of what to do to develop your SEN department.

The template has sections on the SEND Code of Practice, teaching and learning and meeting individual needs.

We also have an article on recording, monitoring and evaluating interventions which contains downloadable KeyDocs for:

  • Forms for tracking interventions
  • A spreadsheet for evaluating interventions
  • A template for a costed SEN provision map

Commission a SEND review

The DfE has guidance on how to use a reviewer from your school setting, local area or commercial organisation.

(Please note that the guidance includes a link to a guide on 'how to conduct a SEND review' by London Leadership Strategy, which is no longer available.)

Principles from experts

We asked Lorraine and Alvin Jeffs, a former inspector and SEN expert, to suggest how schools can establish high-quality SEN provision.

Lorraine and Alvin suggested that you

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