Our Toolkits

Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is an important part of your role. High quality teaching and support, through planned and targeted differentiation, is essential to supporting any child or young person with special educational needs.  

Our toolkits offer a range of practical strategies that can support settings with devleoping their inclusive classroom practice and wider school approaches.  Take a look to find out more about each of our toolkits and how they can support you in your role.


Our Quality First Teaching Tips Toolkit is a fantastic resource of top tips to support all staff in using Quality First Teaching strategies when meeting the needs of learners. Quality First Teaching and the graduated response to SEN is embedded in the SEND Code of Practice and the toolkit has been developed by members of the SEN Support workstream to support this in school settings.


This toolkit pulls together 10 teaching strategies for each primary area of need within the SEND Code of Practice as well as 10 Quality First Teaching strategies to support Early Years and strategies for developing an inclusive classroom.


Click here to download a copy: Quality First Teaching Tips Toolkit

Our newest toolkit 'Supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs' gives a wide breadth of whole school approaches and classroom strategies to support children and young people with SEMHS needs.

This has been developed members of the BELS Inclusion Advisory Team in consultation with our SEN Support Workstream, the Barnet Parent Carer Forum and an independent Behavioual Specialist.


Click here to download a copy: Supporting SEMHS Needs: A Toolkit of Strategies


Early identification of special educational needs is an important part of ensuring that the best provision is made for all children and young people. Where a child or young person continues to make less than expected progress, despite high quality differentiated targeted teaching, it is important to understand whether there is an underlying need that is acting as a barrier to learning.

Within Barnet we have developed the SENCO Toolkit which is there to support SENCOs with the early identification and assessment of special educational needs. The toolkit consists of the following sections:

  1. Section 1: Introduction
  2. Section 2: Identification of Need (EYFS and Primary) and Identification of Need (Secondary)
  3. Section 3: Assessment Tools
  4. Section 4: My SEN Support Plan
  5. Section 5: Setting Outcomes
  6. Section 6: Useful Links

If you would like further guidance or support with using any element of the toolkit, do get in touch with one of our Inclusion Advisory Teachers who would be happy to help.


Here are some practical tips and strategies to help you support learners with special educational needs.