What Works resource for working with pupils and students with Special Educational Needs

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An interactive ‘What works’ resource for those working with pupils and students with SEN is available.

The resource – ‘SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges’ – provides school and college leaders, teachers and practitioners with information and evidence-based practice that can be effective for SEN support. 

School and college leadership teams, SENCOs and classroom teachers are encouraged to review their provision against the seven key features of effective support.  Practitioners can look at the detail of interventions and approaches and consider what would be most beneficial for meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs in their settings.  

Who developed the resource?

Both the development of the resource and the underpinning research were undertaken by ASK Research and Coventry University. The resource is hosted on Nasen’s SEND Gateway and the Education & Training Foundation Excellence Gateway

Examples of effective practice include:

  • Reorganising lesson structure, learning environments and curriculum
  • Measures to address attendance issues
  • Effective transition support and preparation for adulthood
  • Effective progress monitoring


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