Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs
Helping SENCOs maintain a work/life balance, 2nd Edition
By Jean Gross
Routledge – 2013 – 240 pages
Series: David Fulton / Nasen
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork that SEN generates in your school?
Would you like to spend more time actually improving the quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEN or disabilities?
If so, this is an essential book for you.
Government are asking schools to identify fewer children with SEN and place less reliance on Individual Education Plans - but at the same time ensure that children get the help they need. This and the new Ofsted framework challenge schools to find new ways of enabling all children to make progress – those with ‘true’ SEN, and those who may just be lower-achieving or needing help with behaviour problems.
Fully revised and updated, the new edition of this best-selling, practical text contains helpful and achievable strategies to meet these policy challenges. It will provide support for school leaders, SENCOs and anyone undertaking the national SENCO award.
Through school case studies, Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs shows how to increase pupil progress by using existing systems for class and subject teacher target-setting, tracking and planning. It lists the intervention programmes that really work and describes successful partnership with parents. A toolkit of ready-to-use pro-formas, also available online, includes:
The book shows how to put responsibility for supporting children with most types of additional need firmly back where it belongs – with class and subject teachers. It will help you – in the words of one SENCO – ‘get your life back’.
1. The SEN paperchase 2. Case studies 3. Doing SEN differently 4. Setting targets and monitoring progress 5. Achieving targets: adaptations to everyday classroom teaching 6. Achieving targets: mapping additional provision 7. Working in partnership: parents, pupils and outside agencies 8. Making the change 9. Beating bureaucracy toolkit
Jean Gross, CBE, is a national expert on special needs, most recently holding the role of England’s Communication Champion for children.