SEN

SEND reform – what has been achieved?

The SEND Code of Practice is full of high hopes and good intentions. Almost a year on from its publication, are these now translating into the SEND provision that had been anticipated? We look at the unfolding of SEND reform in our schools


The SEND Code of Practice explained

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN and Disability Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes


Autism and the SEND Code

Autism is a common condition that many schools must work to support. Carol Povey outlines what some of the key changes within recent SEN reforms mean for young people with autism



SEN – five ways to offer personalised support

Schools are getting to grips with the new SEN and Disability Code of Practice. Amy Cook looks at five ways to create a personalised system of support – a defining aspect of the new way of working


Case study: Meeting complex SEN

We continue our focus on the work of Nasen’s Outstanding Schools. This time, we visit special school Camberwell Park to find out about its collaborative approach, working with parents and external services to meet their pupils’ complex needs


SEN: A focus on psychology

Frederick Bird School is a Nasen Outstanding Schools thanks to its SEN provision, which includes the extensive use of psychologists. In this profile of its work, we talk to staff and the psychologists to discuss how they meet the needs of all pupils


Strategies to support vulnerable children

Faced with a large proportion of both Pupil Premium children and pupils who have SEN and disabilities, Harbour Primary and Nursery School has used a range of strategies – not least parental engagement – to meet these children’s needs.


What can schools do about mental health?

New government advice highlights the route to CAMHS – but schools portray CAMHS as a service in crisis. What can we do to help pupils struggling with their mental health? Suzanne O’Connell reports.


Preparing for SEN reform

As a new SEN and disability Code of Practice awaits publication, Jane Friswell summarises the challenges facing schools as the special needs sector undergoes major reform.



SEN and action research

It takes a special kind of insight to meet some pupils’ unique and complex needs. Sarah Fleming reports on one school that has boosted their expertise through action research.


Challenges ahead as SEN reforms loom

The recently released indicative code of practice for SEN is a work in progress – but will its ambitious agenda translate into effective practice? Headteacher Update reports



Autism training

The first national autism training programme for schools is offering free CPD for a range of education professionals. Steve Huggett explains


It’s good to talk

A meeting of neuroscientists and educators marked the launch of a national forum aiming to bring the two professions closer together to further research and improve the education of SEN children. Pete Henshaw was there


Supporting autistic students

A recent survey from the National Autistic Society revealed some of the problems pupils with autism encounter in education. Here we look at the best ways of helping autistic pupils get the most from their school life

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