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We are currently recruiting school membership to our free Professional Development groups working on improving practice and outcomes for learners with SEND.
School improvement for SEND
Whole School SEND works with schools and colleges to share and embed good practice within CPD and improvement plans for your setting, and to build capability within the education workforce.
In this section you will find examples of projects, across phases and settings, which evidence suggests have resulted in positive outcomes and impact for children and young people with SEND. You could use these to help you to undertake similar projects in your own setting.
More resources will be shared soon - watch this space!
Preparation for Adulthood from the Earliest Years
It has been nearly nine years since the ideas around Preparing for Adulthood from the Early Years (PfAEY) emerged and the expectations on schools to prepare all young people for adult life through personal development have grown in that time.
Preparing for Adulthood is what all schools do for all young people – but that offer is not always drawn together and recognised. Our refreshed ‘Preparing for Adulthood from the Earliest Years’ Review Guide was trialled with schools in Oxfordshire who found that taking part in the process resulted in:
- A clear focus and drive for school improvement
- More widely shared expertise and good practice
- Better understanding of the rationale of PfAEY
- A clear and strategic vision for embedding PfAEY
- A named PfAEY governor.
As part of the Universal SEND Services programme, we will be recruiting 80 nursery, primary, secondary and school sixth form settings to carry out a review in the Autumn term of 2023. Settings will receive training and support to carry out the review, and will be encouraged to produce an analysis report and action plan. Participating schools will also have an opportunity to cascade PfAEY training and support to a partner school the following year.
To find out more about what's involved, you can read a new blog from Regional SEND Leader, Becky Jones, in which she talks about her own experience of carrying out a PfAEY review as part of the Oxfordshire trial.
Find out more from previous participants
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Resources
Many participants used the EEF resources as a starting point for their projects. Some of the most useful documents and pages are listed below:
- Putting Evidence to Work: A School's Guide to Implementation
- Special Education Needs in Mainstream Schools
- Teaching and Learning Toolkit
More information resources and supporting materials can be found on the EEF website.