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Five ways to make your school a welcoming place for SEND pupils

Award-winning Harrow-based inclusion lead Jemini Patel shares five strategies for making your primary school a welcoming, inclusive environment for pupils with SEND – and their families too

Every school has an inclusion vision – but the steps needed to make that vision real are often neglected. In the seven years since I started working with pupils who have SEND, I have learnt a lot about how to make schools a more inclusive place for pupils and their families, and to turn ideas into action.

The journey began by training myself – expanding what I knew about supporting pupils with SEND – then sharing that training and knowledge with others.

Identify SEND early

This one may sound so simple and obvious, but it is a crucial first step: identify the pupils in your school who have SEND and update and refine your SEND register for each class, in order to pave the way for providing the right resources.

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