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SEND & Covid: Supporting students in the months to come

The return to school last month may have been particularly challenging for our students with SEND. Garry Freeman reminds us of the basic principles of supporting students’ underlying needs – which will be more crucial than ever in the months to come


Since the return to school in March, teachers, leaders and especially SENCOs will have been assessing and planning how to meet the underlying needs of their students with SEND.

Of course, these needs never go away and may well have been exacerbated during the recent lockdown. And this work will be on-going for some time, well into the summer term and beyond.

This article advises on how we might go about this mammoth task and includes points on de-escalation and looking at the school/learning environment (high arousal compared to low arousal) – because if pupils have been learning from home for a majority of the past year then re-adjustment will take time, particularly for SEND children.

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