Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Reviews

The SEND Diagnostic Review is a tool for mainstream primary and secondary schools and academies wishing to undertake a rigorous partnership review to further develop their SEND provision. The audit tool includes an in-depth analysis of the achievement and outcomes for SEND pupils, personal development, behaviour and welfare, the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. 

The review can also focus on additional issues selected by the school or academy such as the attendance of pupils with SEND and the effectiveness of TA support.

By the end of the process the school or academy will have effectively identified clear strengths and areas for further development within their SEND provision which will then inform other aspects of school self-evaluation.

The review will be implemented by senior leaders/SEND SLEs from Melland High School which is a designated National Support and is commissioned by Manchester LA to provide SEND support to other high schools. Melland High School is a strategic partner in the Alliance for Learning and part of Bright Futures Educational Trust.

Programme Structure

The review usually takes place over two days and usually includes agreed paired activities with SLT members and SENCos from the commissioning school or academy. These review activities may include whole school learning walks, lesson observations, individual pupil tracking and progress analysis in addition to face-to-face interviews with relevant staff, governors, pupils, parent/carers and multi-agency representatives.

Following the review the SEND team create a detailed evaluative report highlighting the school’s or academy’s strengths and areas for development. There will always be the opportunity for follow-up additional support for SEND school improvement priorities and potential action plans, setting out clear and precise objectives following the review.

Commitment and Collaboration

The SEND Diagnostic Review is firmly rooted in the ethos of collaboration between schools / academies in order to achieve its aim of significantly improving outcomes for pupils with SEND. It requires clear commitment in terms of time and staffing from the participating school or academy and the involvement of senior leaders in the review process itself.

To discuss or arrange a SEND Review please contact Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships:  lfathers@aggs.bfet.uk

Supporting Pupils with SEND in Mainstream Settings

There have been many changes to education for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the last few years. There is a very clear expectation that most pupils with SEND will be taught in a mainstream school, and that every teacher is a teacher of SEND. This can be rather daunting for some teachers, particularly early career teachers.

During teaching training, SEND training is only part of the process and teachers sometimes feel that extra training can be incredibly beneficial.  This course will increase confidence and will also help:

  • To provide an overview of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice
  • To explore roles and responsibilities
  • To share good practice in promoting pupil independence
  • To provide opportunity to observe good practice in a specialist setting
  • To provide you with practical advice you can take away and use in school tomorrow
  • To help you sign post to further support for your children and young people

Julie Barnett is Vice Principal at Melland High School (Outstanding special school) and an experienced SEND SLE for The Alliance for Learning. Julie is also strategic lead for Outreach for Melland as a Specialist Support High School for Central and East Manchester and across Bright futures Educational Trust.

George Roberts is an experienced teacher and curriculum leader at Melland High school. George is a valued member of the Melland outreach team and leads on curriculum development for learners who have severe learning difficulties. He has expertise in supporting pupils in special and mainstream settings who have a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities.

Julie and George support schools successfully through the SEND Diagnostic Review process supporting senior leaders, inclusion leads and SENCos in identifying areas of strength and development, building capacity and improving outcomes for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools.

Autism Awareness – Developing Provision for Pupils with Autism

If you are a teacher or work in a school we have a wealth of autism expertise to share with you, including practical tips on helping autistic children in your care.

Each autistic child and young person has individual needs and abilities. This course explores the challenges they may face and formal and informal ways you can help.

We will also talk about how they can benefit from more formal frameworks and strategies.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to autism
  • Supporting learning through communication and visuals
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour needs in children and young people with autism
  • Exploring the sensory needs of children and young people with autism including sensory processing difficulties
  • Communication friendly environments

Julie Barnett is Vice Principal at Melland High School (Outstanding special school) and an experienced SEND SLE for The Alliance for Learning. Julie is also strategic lead for Outreach for Melland as a Specialist Support High School for Central and East Manchester and across Bright Futures Educational Trust.

Ryan Shoesmith is an experienced teacher and curriculum leader at Melland High school. Ryan is a valued member of the Melland outreach team and leads on curriculum development for learners who have severe, profound and complex needs. He has expertise in supporting pupils in special and mainstream settings who have autism.

Julie and Ryan support schools successfully through the SEND Diagnostic Review process supporting senior leaders, inclusion leads and SENCos in identifying areas of strength and development, building capacity and improving outcomes for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools.

Alliance for Learning
Cavendish Road, Bowdon
Altrincham WA14 2NL
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