Back to School Planning: Suggestions for SENCOs

Back to School Planning: Suggestions for SENCOs   As leaders continue to plan for all pupils to return full time to school from the beginning of the autumn term, one of the challenges they face is how to ensure pupils with SEND return successfully. The government...

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Provision Map – New Features April 2020

We are pleased to announce the following features are now available within the Provision Map software. Please refer to our Knowledgebase on how to use these new features. Safeguarding Features Allow the main DSL to access the “Staff Details” page We now allow the main...

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Finance during School Closures

In these unprecedented circumstances we ask that all payments and invoices are paid for electronically where possible via BACS. Please do not send cheques where at all possible, contact support@edukey.co.uk if our bank details are required. We thank you for your...

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Pupil Premium

Did you know that Edukey’s suite of products can be used to support your Pupil Premium (Deprivation Premium) Pupils? On ClassCharts, you can add the Pupil Premium status to the cards so that your eligible students are easily spotted in the class.  This can help where...

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Abigail Hawkins, nominated for a NEXUS award

Nexus Awards Our resident SENCO, Abigail Hawkins, was recently nominated for a NEXUS award.  Under the category of Curriculum Innovation, her blog post about SEN Funding has been viewed many times.  (See the NEXUS post here:...

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WEEK 5 – Staff SEN CPD

WEEK 3 – Staff SEN CPD SEN CPD session - SEN graduated response for our school and the differences in the different phases followed by a session on where they can find SEN information Where did last week go?  This week I’m delivering staff SEN CPD.  I was dreading...

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Week 4 – How to tackle Open Evening as a SENCO

How to tackle Open Evening or Parents Evening as a SENCO: Week 4: So, the second week into the post. I’m pretty lucky that this is a non-teaching role as I have lots of students on the register. I need lots of time to get to know them, to advise staff and to liaise...

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Week 1 – How to set up Provision Map in a new school

How to set up Provision Map in a new school: Week 1 at the new school - An Admin Day.  I’ve just walked into a new school as their SENCO and as promised they bought me Edukey’s Learning Plans and Provision Maps to use.  So, follow me as I set it up for use in the...

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Transitions…

This used to send a cold chill down my spine every year.  When I was a Primary SENCO it was making sure I’d passed on all relevant information, as a Secondary SENCO it was making sure I’d got everything I needed and hadn’t missed anyone out.  And what about those...

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The SENDCO Year

(An adapted extract from The SENDCO, by Abigail Hawkins, Consultant SENCO @ Edukey) There are a great many tasks that the SENDCO has to undertake throughout the academic year.  Some are related to the whole school calendar like parents’ evenings, whereas others are...

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What does an SEN file look like?

What does an SEN file look like?

What does an SEN file look like?There are two uses of the phrase SEN file. The first refers to the file that contains all a child’s information about their SEN and provisions in place.  The second is the file kept by a SENCO ready for an OFSTED (or other) visit.  ...

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SEN Money

There are two main sources of SEN funding in schools. The first is the SEN delegated budget (also called element 2 or the notional budget) and it usually comes as a shock to discover that it has nothing to do with SEN nor is it ringfenced to that area.  The second is...

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Data Collection

If you don’t know what to do with the data you’re collecting,  you probably don’t need it. This is an excellent mantra for SENCOs when faced with the mountain of data we inevitably end up with.  Education as a whole collects a lot of data and the role of SENCO is no...

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5 Steps to Effective Interventions

5 Steps to Effective Interventions

The term ‘intervention’ is often used to describe a short-term, focused teaching programme with specific intended outcomes aimed at individuals or small groups of pupils with particular needs.  Interventions are provided in addition to high quality teaching in the...

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All Change for ALN – update

All Change for ALN – update

Reading time: 3 minutes The long-awaited Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 12 December 2017 and after receiving Royal Assent became an Act on 24 January 2018. The Welsh Government...

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Statements of Special Educational Need

Statements of Special Educational Need

Reading time: 3 minutes A question being asked by many is ‘are Statements going?’ The answer is ‘yes’. The next question is ‘when will this happen?’ and ‘what will take its place?’ These answers will follow shortly but first, if you are reading this...

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Person Centred planning (PCP)

Person Centred planning (PCP)

Reading time: 3 minutes One of the key elements of the ALN Transformation Programme is: “To improve the planning and delivery of support for learners from 0 to 25 with ALN, placing learners’ needs, views, wishes and feelings at the heart of the process.”...

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Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Innovation Funding

Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Innovation Funding

Reading time: 2 minutes As part of the implementation of the ALN Reform Programme the ALN Innovation Fund made available across all Welsh regions is supporting to develop and promote innovative, multi-agency and cross-sector working to support learners...

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Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

A key feature of the ALNET Bill is to provide an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for all pupils aged 0-25 with Additional Learning Needs. This also includes replacing all existing Statements of Special Educational Needs with IDPs. Reading time: 3 minutes Individual...

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