SEN Support: a survey of schools and colleges

A research report into SEN support has been published by the DfE, which looks into how students on SEN Support are currently supported, and how this practice can be shared, improved and developed.

The research was conducted by surveying staff in primary and secondary schools and colleges across England; these staff included SENCos, teachers, SLT and TAs. They were asked about identification, support, issues and barriers, deployment of TAs, and what sources of information are used to develop understanding.
There was a range of key findings, including:
 - a third of staff said they did not have responsibility for identifying students with SEN
 - the most common support action was to make a referral to Speech and Language Therapy
 -  individual or small group teaching was frequently used to support students with reading or spelling difficulties
 - the majority of schools reported that TAs provided in-class support
 - lack of time to plan with TAs was a common factor
nasen is mentioned as one of the most-often referred to sources of support for staff, alongside specialist websites and books.

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