The Inclusion Consultants are responsible for school improvement for vulnerable learners, predominantly in supporting special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and Gifted and Talented (G&T) practices in school, working with senior leaders and SENCOs.
How the team makes a difference
- Helping school leaders to be confident that self-evaluation is robust for pupils with disabilities and /or SEN including helping to prepare data on vulnerable groups
- Preparation for OFSTED and whole school review of inclusion using our updated SEND Review for Supported Self Evaluation
- Training, support and development of SENCOs, including brokering the support required.
- Supporting new SENCOs with frequent and regular visits throughout their first year in post
- Setting up effective systems and processes that focus on pupil progress
- Setting up interventions and supporting the monitoring and evaluation of interventions through provision management.
- Monitoring and effective deployment of teaching assistants and inclusive teaching and learning.
- Improving confidence and skills in using Assessment for Learning approaches.
- Teaching on the Brookes National Award for SENCOs and Literacy Difficulties Course
- Sign posting SENCOs to the right support where issues are related to individual children or young people.
- Supporting strategic developments, SEND practices and provision and work force development for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs and senior leaders.
- Providing up to date information for schools on local and national developments.
The impact of the team
SENCOs are well trained and confident. In particular new SENCOs who have completed the National Award with our support have become extremely confident and competent. They are able to support their colleagues and are forging effective partnerships. They have a clear focus on pupil progress and narrowing the gap.
Senior leaders have found our SEND review extremely helpful in establishing a baseline of current practice regarding vulnerable groups in their schools. For example one school requested a review which then resulted in a complete restructure of SEND practices in the school. Pupils with SEND have made more progress as a result and parents are much more confident in provision.
Developing provision management across the county has had a significant impact on the progress of pupils with SEND. Interventions are now very focused and time limited. SENCOs are seeking the team’s advice before purchasing resources to ensure they use interventions that work.
There are now a core number of SENCOs and teachers who have excellent awareness of literacy difficulties including an in depth knowledge of assessments throughout the county as a result of the Literacy Difficulties Course at Oxford Brookes University which is co taught by a member of the Inclusion Team.
Our recent focus on inclusive teaching and learning has resulted in improved classroom practice for SEND and AG&T. Several schools we have supported intensively have moved out of special measures recently with the progress of vulnerable groups and the inclusive practice being highly praised.
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