4th Edition

Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs Helping SENCOs Maintain a Work/Life Balance

By Jean Gross Copyright 2023
    304 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Are you overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork that SEND generates in your school? Would you like to spend more time improving the quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEN or disabilities? If so, this is an essential book for you.

    Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs shows how schools can tackle SEND bureaucracy by reducing the need for provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ that available to all pupils, through developing inclusive environments, curricula and teaching. This means placing fewer children on SEND registers and focusing SEND Code of Practice procedures squarely on those pupils with more complex needs.

    Fully revised and updated, the fourth edition of this bestselling, practical text demonstrates what can be achieved, with new case studies describing schools with outstanding SEND provision, inclusive teaching and successful partnerships with parents. The book also explores how SENCOs can effectively reduce their workloads by making the most of technology and by distributing responsibility to class and subject teachers and middle and senior leaders, rather than operating as a lone voice. A toolkit of ready-to-use proformas, also available as an online resource, includes:

    • a model policy to give to Ofsted;
    • information for parents, including the facts on ‘Velcro’ 1–1 support in the classroom;
    • strategy sheets for all the main types of SEND;
    • provision maps and proformas to help you plan, monitor and evaluate your provision.

    Full of helpful and achievable strategies, this book is an essential resource for school leaders, SENCOs and anyone undertaking national SENCO qualifications. It shows how to put responsibility for supporting children with additional needs firmly back where it belongs and will help you – in the words of one SENCO – ‘get your life back’.



    1 - The SEN paperchase

    2 - Doing SEN differently

    3 - Setting targets and monitoring progress

    4 - Adaptations to everyday classroom teaching

    5 - Inclusive environments and curricula

    6 - Inclusive teaching

    7 - Distributing responsibility

    8 - Planning additional provision

    9 - Using technology

    10 - Working in partnership: parents, pupils and outside agencies

    11 - Making the change


    Beating bureaucracy toolkit




    Jean Gross, CBE, is a national expert on special needs, formerly holding the role of England’s Communication Champion for children.

    "Bureaucracy is the bane of the SENCO’s life, leading to burnout; Jean Gross’ essential book helps SENCOs to streamline their activities whilst meeting the statutory requirements of the role, enabling them to fulfil the needs of students at the source – the classroom." - Abigail Hawkins, Director of SENDCOSolutions/SENsible SENCO

    Praise for the third edition