As a SENDCO, I had hundreds of DfE files printed, hole punched and stored in folders. I have two problems with this.
1. The folders were too big.
2. They inevitably became tatty, dog-eared and fell out.
I have published the most commonly used DfE documents and sell them via my Amazon pages.
Exclusion from School
Exclusions are emotive and everyone has a viewpoint, me included. Then there is the law and of course, school rules. Sometimes, they all align!
This book assumes an exclusion has taken place or is on the horizon and advises on the lawful situation.
I’ve also written and published a few books myself.
Watch out for The SENDCO and Approach It, Map It, Manage It as a combined volume to be published by SENBooks around Easter 2019.
- The SENDCO
- Approach It, Map It, Manage It
- Dyscalculia and Maths Difficulties
- Dysgraphia and Handwriting Difficulties
I once started a CPD session on differentiation with a slide showing Granny how to suck eggs.
This must be one of the most difficult chapters I had to write in this series. Why? Because it really does feel like teaching Granny to suck eggs!
You have your job role because you already know what a SENDCO is and what your job is supposed to be. It should also be detailed in your job description.
There is much talk about the ‘strategic SENDCO’ one who plans and co-ordinates for the pupils identified which is a cold, clinical approach to the work. A SENDCO is more likely to have originally come from the nurturing and caring side of things and be drawn to the role from a desire to assist those pupils who need it the most. Balancing those two things will be one of the toughest challenges you face. Before you can become strategic you need to know your role and know your SEN and hopefully this book has helped with your understanding of the first of these.
Approach it, Map it, Manage it explains the use of the Graduated Response, taking you through the stages and neatly knitting in Provision Mapping and Management.
With a different style to most SEN authors the book is illustrated with examples from Abigail’s experience in the role rather than bogged down with technicalities. You will read and recognise the pupils, parents and staff she describes.
Rather than assuming your school is perfect she sets out from the stand point that it probably isn’t and that you are at the bottom of a seriously steep uphill climb wanting to know the first steps to take before moving onto SEN guides that will explain what ‘excellence’ looks like.
This quick guide to Dyscalculia and mathematics difficulties will help a SENCO or classroom teacher understand about this neurological difficulty. Offering advice on assessments, interventions, classroom strategies and wider reading it is a great starting point for the newcomer and a reference point for the more seasoned professional.
This quick guide to Dysgraphia and handwriting difficulties will help a SENCO or classroom teacher understand about this neurological difficulty. Offering advice on assessments, interventions, classroom strategies and wider reading it is a great starting point for the newcomer and a reference point for the more seasoned professional.