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Research School Network: NEW GUIDANCE to Support SEND Provision in Mainstream Schools The report reviews the best available research to offer mainstream schools five recommendations to support pupils with SEND.


NEW GUIDANCE to Support SEND Provision in Mainstream Schools

The report reviews the best available research to offer mainstream schools five recommendations to support pupils with SEND.

by Doncaster Research School
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Pupils with SEND are too often thought of as a separate stream of work. The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) latest guidance report – Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools – instead highlights the importance of prioritising familiar but effective strategies to support pupils with SEN, rather than creating burdensome new programmes.

Recommendations highlight the importance of understanding students’ individual needs in order to use evidence-based strategies to address them, ensuring that all pupils have access to high quality teaching. Rather than looking for strategies specifically created for pupils with SEND, effective teaching for pupils with SEND is effective teaching for all pupils.

Effective classroom teaching strategies highlighted build on the EEF’s previous guidance reports, include scaffolding, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, explicit instruction, flexible grouping, technology and the effective use of teaching assistants.

The report – which is free to download from the EEF’s website – is aimed primarily at school leaders (including the SENCO) and classroom teachers across mainstream primary and secondary schools.

This guidance report sits alongside the EEF’s other reports – focused on literacy, social and emotional learning, metacognition, effective implementation and making best use of teaching assistants

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