This is the first of a suite of materials designed to assist schools in the development of their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This Audit Tool aims to support schools to use their best endeavours to evaluate, build and enhance their universal offer of inclusive high quality teaching for learners with SEND within the day-to-day classroom context and enable a consistency of good practice. It has been developed primarily to support mainstream schools including academies and free schools in Kirklees, but will also be useful to other professionals across education, health and social care who work with schools in supporting learners with SEND.
It is focused on the inclusive high-quality teaching offer and not on the additional and/or different provision; updated guidance on this area of school practice is in development. There is a wide range of information and advice available for teachers on the SENDCO and Professional area of the Local Offer. Support is also available from the Inclusion Support Offer, who can help to discuss concerns you may have around SEND.
It is important to acknowledge that this Audit Tool has a value beyond learners with SEND alone; good teaching for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is good teaching for all. It can be used as a valuable tool for individual teachers, departments, key stages and whole-school monitoring and improvement activities. It can also be incorporated as a useful tool as part of school-to-school peer review and support activities.