Inclusion Task Force

Inclusion Task Force

Improvement Programme

Improvement ProgrammeThe Improvement Programme is a support and challenge offer to Sheffield schools for 2019/20 that complements the Inclusion Task Force Training offer.

The graphic on the right hand side summarises the offer. Support and challenge are intrinsically linked as there is little point in providing challenge if it isn’t accompanied by the offer of support.

The range of SEND improvement opportunities below should provide options for all schools to engage with support that can be incorporated into school development plans.

School Requested SEND ReviewSchool Requested SEND Reviews

A school can commission a SEND review from Learn Sheffield for a number of reasons including:

  • Raising attainment and progress of pupils with SEND
  • Significant change in the demographic of the SEND population
  • Improving the quality of provision for pupils with SEND
  • Increasing attendance and reducing exclusions for pupils
  • Identifying SEND as an area for development through
  • Wanting a fresh perspective on provision from an
  • A change in leadership and management at the school
  • External validation of a school’s evaluation of its SEND provision.

The review is focused on 7 key areas:

  • Intent
  • Implementation
  • Impact
  • Identification
  • Provision Mapping
  • Working with learners and families
  • Effective use of teaching assistants
Your review will include an on-site visit and a written report with clear recommendations on next steps.

SEND Group ProjectsSEND Group Projects

The SEND group projects support groups of schools (including MATs, locality groups and identified school groups) to create a sustainable and self-improving community of practice amongst SENCOs and school leaders in relation to SEND and inclusion. Participating schools are supported through a process of peer review, working in triads with a designated coach over the course of a year.

SEND Group Projects

SEND SurgerySEND Surgery

The SEND Surgery offer is outlined below and will be bookable through the website (see above – 'ITF Training' tab) or via bookings@learnsheffield.co.uk.

Learn Sheffield will provide a SEND Surgery where SENCOs and Headteachers can receive advice and guidance from expert practitioners on a range of issues including those outlined on the right.

Surgery appointments can be booked through the website and be face to face or via Skype / telephone and last from 45 minute to one hour. The surgery will run by David Bartram.

  • Support for SENCOs that are new to the role
  • Guidance on the strategic development of provision in your school
  • Advice on research and best practice
  • Recommended interventions
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Assessment and identification
  • Monitoring and tracking

SENCO Networks (Primary/Secondary)

The SENCO networks can be booked through the subject networks page or via the 'ITF Training' tab above.

They offer a termly opportunity for SENCOs to network with colleagues from their primary or secondary sector.

Targeted SENDTargeted SEND Reviews

Your review will include an on-site visit and a written report with clear recommendations on next steps.

 

A Targeted SEND Review is commissioned when Learn Sheffield identifies there is a need to improve how your school provides for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. The review findings will help you improve your SEND provision and strategy so you can help learners to achieve excellent outcomes.

The review is focused on 7 key areas:

  • Intent
  • Implementation
  • Impact
  • Identification
  • Provision Mapping
  • Working with learners and families
  • Effective use of teaching assistants

Your reviewer will normally return after an agreed period of time to review progress with the recommendations.

Schools requiring whole school support ‘concern’ process

Data/Intel Analysis

The documents below describe what should be done by any professional or service who has a significant concern about a SEND or Inclusion issue. It places an expectation on the referrer to clearly identify concerns and complete work that is appropriate first as well as ensuring that where there is a concern it is addressed in a supportive way on a citywide level. It details the action that will be taken by the Locality Lead headteacher following the concern being raised, including occasions when it indicates that a school may require a package of support. The process was developed in partnership by the Inclusion Taskforce, Sheffield City Council and Learn Sheffield during the 2018/19 school year and has been launched in the autumn of 2019.

Referrals to this process will be considered alongside data analysis and other intel that has been received by the Inclusion Task Force Strategic group to support targeted improvement offers of the type that are outlined above.

Sheffield school requiring whole school support for SEND (September 2019)

Sheffield school requiring whole school support for SEND – Notification Form