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. 

Below are some helpful resources that offer a range of practical strategies that can support you in your daily classroom practice.  


Your SEN Jargon Buster 

Within your role, you will encounter many jargon terms related to special educational needs and disabilities; to help you, we have created a Jargon Buster which explains many of the terminologies you’ll come across. This can also be shared with other people in your setting.

Jargon Buster


Areas of Special Educational Needs 

The SEND Code of Practice (2014) identifies four broad areas of need and support: 

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It’s important to remember not to define a child or young person by any category of SEN, as they will often have needs that fall into two or more of the areas. However, the categories can be helpful for thinking about some general areas of special needs that you will need to plan and support within your own classes. 


Tips for supporting learners with SEN

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


Ordinarily Available Guidance Document (updated April 2019) 

Practical Strategies 

Our Barnet Ordinarily Available Document sets out what can be reasonably expected of schools, early education settings, colleges and sixth forms within their provision for children and young people with special educational needs. 

Section 5 of the document has been designed to offer practical strategies for each category of special educational needs and disabilities. It includes the following categories of SEN: 

  • Cognition and Learning 

  • Autism 

  • Specific Learning Difficulties 

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health 

  • Physical Difficulties and Complex Medical Needs 

  • Speech, Language and Communication 

  • Visual Impairment 

  • Hearing Impairment 

  • Multi-Sensory Impairment 


Training that’s on offer  

Our Inclusion Advisory Team offer a wide range of training related to SEN and Inclusion; look out for our training courses in Upcoming Events in Barnet