New EEF funding round to improve outcomes for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is launching a new funding round testing different approaches to improving attainment and other outcomes for children with SEND.
Official figures show there is a larger attainment gap for pupils with SEND than for any other group. Pupils with SEND are also twice as likely to come from disadvantaged homes, (27% of pupils with SEND are eligible for free school meals compared to 12% of all other pupils) so often face a double disadvantage in the classroom.
To date, the EEF’s funding has focused on improving the outcomes of socio-economically disadvantaged pupils. Much of this work – particularly around the effective use of teaching assistants – has generated evidence schools can apply to support the teaching of pupils with SEND. However, this is the first time the EEF has focused a funding round specifically on improving outcomes for pupils with SEND. This round will aim to generate both useful evidence for practitioners, and insights about how to conduct rigorous evaluation in this area.
Successful projects might include whole-school programmes, teacher training programmes, or targeted interventions for pupils with particular needs. The EEF is also hoping to fund pilots of interventions working in special schools, to find out how feasible it is to evaluate approaches in these settings using the EEF’s approach.
The funding round will be open from 17 October until 14 January 2019 at 5pm.
For information on how to get involved, visit the EEF website
Tool - 30 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
A useful tool for silver and gold members in the EYFS, primary, secondary and post-16 settings. This resource is designed to help teachers work their way through the graduated approach for those pupils that haven’t necessarily yet been identified with SEN but for whom there are initial concerns.
Information - 29 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
Available to silver and gold members, this information based resource will be suitable for SENCos and leaders in Early Years settings, Schools and Colleges. The resource can be effectively used as part of the self review and improvement process, key benefits of this resources is to gain a concise overview of the Education Inspection Framework and implications of practice.
Tool - 29 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
Available to silver and gold members, this useful person centred working tool is suitable for those supporting pupils in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post 16 settings. The resource can be used to outline a pupil’s key strengths, needs and the strategies and key adjustments to teaching that are needed every day. It can provide a useful vehicle for meaningful discussion around learning between the teacher and the pupil, involving them positively in discussing effective approaches to enable better engagement. Working in a person-centred way (across the whole setting), including the use of person-centred tools, is essential for not only populating the passport but also for getting the most from using it.