Published on: 17 Aug 2022
As we prepare to return to a new academic year there are a million things to get ready as a SENDCo- here is a reminder of some of the top prioirities to prepare before our students return to campus - I hope it is helpful!
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Review your schools policies at least every two years
Inclusion / Admissions / Safeguarding / G&T
· Policies must be maintained with clear, unambiguous language in line with regulatory guidelines.
· Inclusion Policy must name the qualified and licensed teacher assigned to lead the provision for Students of Determination.
· The leader of the provision must be a member of thesenior membership team
· The leader of the provision must hold specialist qualifications related to Students of Determination
· MoUs must be in place and maintained for all iLSAs and external agents.
· Policies must be shared and promoted with all stakeholders and recorded.
· Policies should be available online.
· Strategic Inclusive Education Plan should be in place and up to date.
· Inclusion Flowchart should be implemented and used by every teacher.
Review your school’s Website
· School policies should be available on the website
· Schools Vision Statement and/or objectives should include a commitment to providing inclusive education to Students of Determination.
· The schools policies and procedures for the admission of Students of Determination along with links to legal documents and laws should be prominent
· Messages and images should demonstrate and promote the inclusion of Students
Co-ordinate with the Admissions Team
· Methods and tools for entry assessment should be in place, age appropriate and reflecting student’s stage of development
· Information gathered on admission must be used to plan for the students arrival
· Update KHDA/SPEA/ADEC of any case where admission may not be deemed appropriate to support a student with complex needs beyond the scope of the school along with clearly defined process and evidence.
Set up SEND Monitoring
· SEND progress tracking by SLT with trend analysis and needs appraisal
· Audit of need and planning of provision, including staffing should be up to date
· Alternative, smaller step progress tracked using appropriate methods e.g tracking sheets, IEP monitoring
· SEN monitoring meetings with all class teachers
· Monitoring of interventions by all class teachers
· SENCo works with class teachers to identify training needs related to specific areas of SEND
· Oversight of intervention monitoring by SENCo
· Teacher training in support needs is provided
· Paperwork and invitations to annual review meetings is held by SENCo and updated as necessary
Set up SEND Provision
· Inclusion Register to be up to date and maintained at all times
· All students have their barriers identified
· Emergency procedures and risk assessments in place where necessary
· Whole school provision map updated termly - where applicable
· Class provision maps – ownership of class teacher, overseen by SENCo
· Class provision maps include baseline and outcome projections
· LSAs have police clearance, JD and are monitored termly
· LSAs have access to training
· SENCo attends planning meetings and advises on curriculum mapping and differentiation and modification
· Individual, costed provision maps in place for high need pupils
· Provision maps monitored and overseen by SENCo on regular basis
Prepare IEPs BEFORE term starts