SEND Gateway Facilitates School to School Support for SEND

News - 04 Apr 2017

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New section of the SEND Gateway is now live: it will enable you to not only look for resources, information, providers and research, linked to the 8 areas of the SEND Review, but also share examples of your own effective practice.

SEND Gateway Facilitates School to School Support for SEND

With funding from the DfE and as a partner in the Whole School SEND Consortium, nasen has developed a new section of the SEND Gateway (an online portal providing free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training) which is based around the 8 focus areas of the SEND Review (www.thesendreview.com):

  • Outcomes for pupils with SEND
  • Leadership of SEND
  • The quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND
  • Working with pupils and parents/carers of pupils with SEND
  • Assessment and Identification
  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluation
  • The efficient use of resources
  • The quality of SEND provision

This new section pulls together a wealth of information, research, resources and providers from the field of SEND, to make accessing it as easy as possible. Matching this content to the 8 areas will enable users to be strategic and focussed in their browsing, locating content that addresses interests and areas for development, more efficiently.

School to school support and sector led school improvement is becoming increasingly more important.  Therefore, the main feature of the developments is the creation of a way for schools and settings to share their effective practice in SEND with other settings.  Not only will this help to avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’ but it also means that teachers will have access to strategies, approaches, resources and so on that have been developed in schools, by schools. Imagine how useful it would be to find out what has and hasn’t worked in other schools before trying it out yourself!

As a rule teachers are not good at ‘blowing their own trumpet’ but there is much good and effective practice happening in schools across the country. What might seem everyday or commonplace to one setting may be just what is needed to move things on in another, sharing practice has been made as simple as possible. Developed in conjunction with practitioners in schools, the submission process is easy and quick. Any kind of resource can be uploaded, from Word documents to videos, meaning that schools can use what they already have rather than creating something new for the purpose of sharing. Users of the Gateway will be able to comment on each example, creating a peer-maintained quality assurance process.

Settings that contribute their examples of effective practice to the SEND Gateway, will receive the Gateway Contributor mark to use on their website and printed materials to recognise the fact that they are an outward facing setting.

This is the aim of the new section: to enable schools to learn from each other and to share their learning, so that the whole sector can work together to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND. As the number of resources and school examples grows, the closer we come to achieving this.

To access your new resource click here: www.sendgateway.org.uk and follow the SEND Review link at the top of the page.

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