Code of practice

Understanding and supporting SEMH pupils

20 April 2020

Drawing on the outstanding work of Adelaide School, a special provision in Cheshire catering for pupils aged nine and upwards, Sarah Barlow offers advice to mainstream schools on supporting students who face social, emotional and mental health challenges


SEND and SENCO support: Tenets of best practice

4 March 2020

The high numbers of pupils with SEN are putting a huge strain on school finances – and on SENCOs themselves. Margaret Mulholland looks at some tenets of best practice, what Ofsted wants to see, and how schools can best support their SENCOs


SEND: Meeting with parents and carers

26 February 2020

The SEND Code of Practice requires schools to involve parents in decision-making about their children’s education. Garry Freeman considers how teachers and others can hold effective, impactful meetings with parents/carers


Supporting autistic learners: 11 things to think about

12 February 2020

Most teachers will have autistic students in their classrooms and will need to consider this when planning their lessons. SENCO Garry Freeman outlines 11 key strategies and approaches that have proven effective


The SEND governor: Preparing for link visits

29 October 2019

Among the responsibilities of the SEND named governor is conducting link visits with their school’s SENCO. Matt Bromley looks at how we can ensure these are effective


SEND: Busting common EHCP myths

6 March 2019

Since the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) as part of the wide-ranging SEND reforms of 2015, some questionable practices have risen at local authority level. SENCO Garry Freeman busts some myths about what is required and discusses practices that should be challenged...




The rising tide of sensory troubles: An overview (part 1)

23 January 2019

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face, the resulting behaviours we may see in schools, and how teachers should handle these problems


SLCN in key stage 3: Supporting students (part 1)

9 January 2019

Speech, language and communication needs can be the underpinning reason for many other problems and should be on the radar of every secondary school. In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at how to support SLCN in key stage 3


SLCN: A difficulty in understanding?

28 November 2018

Continuing his SecEd series, Daniel Sobel describes a common intervention scenario that he sees in schools and which often goes wrong because we don’t spot the student’s primary need


SEND, Pupil Premium & parents

21 November 2018

The overlaps between Pupil Premium and SEND are clear and present in all schools. SENCO Garry Freeman looks at the crucial first step to all tailored provision – identifying needs – and also discusses working with parents and carers


SEND and school governance: Getting it right

14 November 2018

A school’s governing body must support and challenge the leadership, SENCO and other staff in order to ensure fair and equal access to education for all students with SEND. Matt Bromley outlines your responsibilities


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer


SEN: Getting SLCN support right in your school

4 July 2018

Effective support for children with speech, language and communication needs is essential, but how does your school measure up? Ten years on from the Bercow Review, Mary Hartshorne looks at the situation today and gives us a checklist for best practice


Explaining inattentive ADHD

16 May 2018

The hyperactive version of ADHD is well-known and often spotted, but students with inattentive ADHD frequently go undiagnosed, as Daniel Sobel knows from his own experience


Inclusion, equality and the law

18 April 2018

There are a range of statutory requirements that all schools must meet to ensure the inclusion of children and young people with disabilities and SEN. Navin Kikabhai looks at what the law requires and offers best practice advice


Supporting all students with SLCN

7 February 2018

In this three-part series, experts Carmen De Pablo López and Marina Breed are advising on speech, language and communication needs. In the final part, they look at how they are able to ensure that students with SLCN get the support they need and don’t slip through the net




Assess, plan, do, review: The graduated approach to SEN

3 October 2017

Best practice involves meeting pupils’ SEN through implementing the graduated approach using the assess, plan, do, review cycle. SEN expert Natalie Packer considers the teacher’s role and offers some practical advice


SEN: Are you listening?

3 October 2017

Are you listening to your SEN students? Teacher and SEN expert Adele Devine discusses strategies and resources that she has found effective in helping to support SEN students by reducing their anxiety and building good mental health


Calling all SEN professionals

20 September 2017

Taking place on October 6 and 7, the 25th annual Tes SEN Show offers a range of CPD seminars, practical workshops, and debates. Show organiser Beverley Walters previews this year’s event



SEN in schools: Who should do what?

17 May 2017

New legislation, including the SEND Code of Practice 2015, has led to a dramatic overhaul of SEND practice in schools. Two years on, Garry Freeman looks at who should now be doing what to meet the new requirements

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