Special Educational Needs Audit Resource

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How can you plan effective CPD on SEND?

Key to planning effective professional development is knowing what your staff know and don’t know and understanding their level of confidence with it.

This resource is a clear and simple self-auditing tool which allows Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos) and other senior leaders to identify staff’s confidence with and understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), so they can plan Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to meet their staff’s needs.   

Why is it useful?

The survey is very quick and easy to use. It enables the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to identify patterns across a department or the school. By asking for evidence and comments you are able to consider levels of confidence and knowledge. The two do not always go hand in hand.

This can be used to group staff according knowledge and confidence to focus CPD or develop triads or study groups to share good practice across the school. 

Who is it for?

This is for use by the SENCo and other senior leaders to use with teaching staff and/ or teaching assistants and other support staff.

How do I use it?

  • Share the survey with staff or groups of staff either within a meeting or through the staff information sharing system.
  • Set a deadline for completion.
  • The responses quickly show patterns and are easy to analyse.
  • This can then be used to plan CPD.
  • The audit can also be used as a ‘before and after’ to evaluate the impact of training and other CPD.

Download the resource

Click the image below to download the two-page resource.

SEN training before after questionnaire

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This resource was created by Inclusion Expert. Inclusion Expert have worked with over a thousand schools to help them improve inclusion for every child. By developing collaborative action plans, updating school systems, providing bespoke resources and training for senior leaders to continue their work, they help schools achieve sustainable change.

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Daniel Sobel

Daniel Sobel MA Ed (Psychology) FCMI FCIC FRSA is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Inclusion Expert. An internationally respected leader in inclusive education, he has advised the Department for Education, the European Union and governments abroad. Daniel is a well-known speaker, and has written for publications including Headteacher Update, The Times Educational Supplement and The Guardian. He is the author of several works, including The Pupil Premium Handbook and The SEN Code of Practice Pack. Narrowing the Attainment Gap was published by Bloomsbury in January 2018. www.inclusionexpert.com

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