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School Effectiveness SEN

School Effectiveness SEN


Meet Jill Tough and Sue Alexander in this brief video to find out about SENCOs:

Who we are

Sue Alexander - School Effectiveness Adviser: SEN
Jill Tough - SEN consultant
Lianne Howse - Lead SENCO

What we do

We work with schools to help them to get it right for children and young people with SEN. We work closely with the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO). We give the SENCO support and advice but will also challenge them when needed. Our two lead SENCOs work in their own schools and also work with us to support other schools.

We keep SENCOs and schools up to date with what is happening in SEN in the local authority, the region and across the country. One of the ways of doing this is by having SENCO network meetings every half term.

We are always looking for good practice to share. Some of our work is with groups of SENCOs across the city. This is another way of sharing good practice and help our schools to get better at what they do for children and young people with SEN.

Download the complete SENCO Guide here, supporting documents below:



The SEN and Disabilities Frameworks below are a tool to support the leadership and management in improving provision and outcomes for pupils in their school:

  1. SEND Review Framework no ARC May 2020
  2. SEND Review Framework with ARC May 2020
  3. SEND Review Framework Special schools

Accessibility Plan Guideline

SEN Information Report Guidelines This document is intended to provide parents, carers and families with information on how we support pupils identified with a special educational needs or disability

Annual SEN Report This September 2021 report reflects how an example school has used SEN funding to meet pupils’ needs

SEND policy A September 2021 SEN and Disability policy document example

SEN Governor Report Guidelines

School Effectiveness

Early Years Screen Guidelines

Early Years SEN Support Plan Guidelines

Early years support plan template

Learning Difficulties Screen Guidelines

Early Years Screen 1-3

Early Years Screen 2-5

Activities to Support Auditory Memory Skills

Activities to Support Visual Memory Skills

ADHD Pupil Support Plan

Anger Management Support Plan

Entrenched Pupil Support Profile

Guidance for placing pupils at SEN support for MLD (2021)

Insecure Attachment support profile

Nurture pupil profile support plan

SEMH identification of need

Tips and Guides

Primary Transition

Secondary Transition

Teacher Initial Concern Form

Parental Consent Form

SEMH identification of need

SEN Networks 2021-22

SEN Support Plan Guidance

My Support Plan Template

SEND Mainstream Guidance

These tips should benefit all pupils. Pupils with complex difficulties may need additional and more specific advice/intervention from relevant support services.

Top Tips - Primary schools : Use alongside SEND Mainstream Guidance

Top Tips - Secondary schools : Use alongside SEND Mainstream Guidance

Vocabulary resource : Working on vocabulary to help children access the curriculum