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SENCO workload: Identifying barriers and finding solutions

There are far more pupils who desperately need the expertise of the SENCO than the SENCO can realistically support according to on-going workforce research. Co-author Hannah Moloney responds to the findings

If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it is that the most firmly held processes and practices can crumble in a moment. With another bubble burst, or another Department for Education missive, senior leaders have had to respond within minutes, updating hundreds of staff, parents and pupils with little more than a lamp to guide our feet.

The weight of crisis management is wearing, stressful and ultimately impossible to carry long-term. And yet, when the dust settles, I believe the future offers opportunities for radical change which otherwise would have taken decades to implement.

Closing the SEND attainment gap

For some groups of children, Covid-19 may have exacerbated the issues around poor progress and attainment as well as social confidence and anxiety, but it certainly did not cause them. For too long we have had significant and growing issues with poor literacy, speech and language delays, mental health and exclusions.

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