Cultural change in SEN provision – a call to action for schools

Leading CPD

Following last September’s revision of the SEND Code of Practice, there is now the expectation that every teacher should be a teacher of pupils with SEN, and this has led to much talk of a ‘cultural change’ in SEN provision. Moving from a system that was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ by the Education Select Committee in 2006, schools are in search of an effective replacement tailored to the needs of their young people with SEN. Many teachers share the belief that, amongst other things, cultural change is central to that process, if not an inevitable product of the reforms themselves.

We spoke to Gareth Morewood at our recent Supporting High-Quality SEND Teaching in the Classroom conference. As a SENCO and SLE at Priestnall School, Stockport, Gareth believes that this ensuing cultural change can provide a unique opportunity for schools to change how they operate. We asked him to define…

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