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Ensuring SEND education is a whole-school responsibility

All teachers are teachers of SEND and as such SEND education is a whole-school responsibility. SENCO Elizabeth Burns discusses how her school ensures that all staff are equipped to support students with SEND

All teachers retain responsibility for the progress of all students, including those with SEND (SEND Code of Practice 2015). SEND is therefore a whole-school responsibility and not simply that of the SEND department.

To ensure this happens, schools need to build capacity, which means all staff feel confident in meeting the needs of all students and removing barriers to learning.

At St James’ Catholic High School, there are a number of ways we ensure that SEND is a whole-school responsibility.

First of all, there is an introduction for all staff to SEND at the start of every school year.
Changing staff can make it difficult to build capacity, and passing on knowledge about ways of teaching pupils with SEND should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the SENCO.

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