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*Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Coping in a Crisis & SEND information for schools

Staffordshire County Council
Coping with a Crisis in Schools - advice and guidance for headteachers, teachers and governing bodies. Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND information and updates for schools. Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities

*Graduated Response Toolkit: Guidance Early Year Settings and Schools

The Graduated Response Toolkit has been produced in line with the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2015.  The SEND Code of Practice (2015) provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and…

Afasic - The Communication Chain

The processes involved in understanding and conveying a message between a listener and a speaker are complex and interlinked. Afasic's Communication Chain is a very simplified representation of what’s involved and highlights some of the key skills required to communicate verbally.  Visit their website for more information.…

Autism Education Trust (AET) - Tools for Teachers & Schools Resources

The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Established and supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access,…

The Communication Trust - Communication Leaders

Communication Leaders is a peer-mentoring approach to supporting the language and communication development of primary and secondary pupils. It allows children and young people to take on a unique leadership role in communication within their schools and homes. You can choose how to implement this…

Education Endowment Foundation - special educational needs in mainstream schools

The Education Endowment Foundation has developed this guidance report which offers five evidence-based recommendations to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.  It provides a starting point for schools to review their current approach and suggests practical ideas which schools can implement. Please visit the…

Get Hackney Talking

The Get Hackney Talking website has downloadable factsheets for parents of children aged 0-5 years.  They provide information on: Down's Syndrome Glue Ear Encouraging clear speech Play and language Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Gesture and signing Dummies English as an Additional Language Speech sound development…

iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

See the Call Scotland website to view an interactive guide to selecting AAC apps that will support communication. In the electronic version, App names are ‘clickable’ links, taking you to information about the individual App on the iTunes site for the UK.

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia, Reading and Writing Difficulties

See the Call Scotland website which attempts to identify relevant, useful apps and to categorise them according to difficulties faced by people with dyslexia, reading and writing difficulties. In the electronic version, App names are ‘clickable’ links, taking you to information about the individual App on…

Social storiesTM and comic strip conversations - National Autistic Association

Social storiesTM and comic strip conversations can help autistic people develop greater social understanding and stay safe.  Visit the National Autistic Society website for more information on how to use them and how to write or make your own.