Observing pupils with SEND: templates

Use our templates to help you observe pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, both in the classroom and in the playground, and see whether they're getting the support they need. Find resources to assess and improve your SEND provision.

Last reviewed on 27 February 2024
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  1. Download templates to develop your understanding of the pupil's needs
  2. Get a wider picture of your SEND provision
  3. Adapt your provision if necessary

Download templates to develop your understanding of the pupil's needs

Observe a pupil with SEND in the classroom, and in the playground, to understand how they're getting on and how to better meet their needs.

Use our templates, which have questions to help guide your observation.

KeyDoc: pupil with SEND observation report (classroom) DOC, 187.5 KB
KeyDoc: pupil with SEND observation report (playground) DOC, 185.5 KB

How and what to observe

Start by familiarising yourself with the specific needs of the pupils you're going to observe, using your SEND register

Then, in your observation, assess whether those needs are being met.

Educational Psychologist (an online educational psychology service) shares some examples of effective ways to observe pupils.

It suggests observing by:

  • Taking minute-by-minute records, or
  • Noting key observations about tasks and the pupil's responses

Once you've identified how individual pupils are doing, use our learning walk templates, or observe pupils with SEND as a part of a

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