SEND Terminology - overview

Each of the 4 nations of the UK has its own system of Education which means that as well as differences in language there are also differences in terminology, particularly around SEND. This handy table provides a good starting point for translating terms from each nation to make research, reports, practice etc. accessible regardless of your national context.

Handy, quick reference tool for key SEND vocabulary across the 4 nations of the UK.

The Language of SEND Across the UK

Recent resources

  • Top tips for pupil passports

    Tips - 17 Oct 2017 Paid Member Only

    Pupil passports are an important tool within wider person-centred working and lots of schools and settings use them. Have a look at these suggestions for how you can ensure that you are using them effectively, or to help you to start using them, so that they can contribute to improved outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

  • Developing Evidence Based Practice

    Guidance - 06 Oct 2017 Paid Member Only

    In this podcast, Michael Surr, Education Development Officer at nasen, talks with Hedi Elsmore about how her school used an evidence based approach to improve provision for their learners with SEN.

  • Strategic Workforce Development for SEND

    #Collaborative

    Guidance - 06 Oct 2017

    This is a cyclical, 9 step process which covers identification of areas for development, effective planning to address these area and then reviewing impact to identifying what will need to happen next. This process was created to support early years providers, schools and further education professionals to continue improving their approaches to professional learning.