Every Teacher is a Teacher of SEND

This is an exciting opportunity for teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to access a programme of webinars, which will be delivered by highly experienced SEND education experts and professionals from a range of educational backgrounds. Providing teachers with a clearer understanding of what is meant by the term Special Educational Needs and not only their statutory obligations as teachers, but also aimed at building their confidence in how to meet the various special educational needs of the children they teach within the everyday context of their classrooms.

These webinars will be an opportunity for teachers to reflect on and explore the components that support the inclusive classroom – meaningful curriculum sequencing and delivery; inclusive pedagogy; an enabling learning environment; embedded universal approaches; adaptive expertise.

Throughout the webinars the graduated approach (assess-plan-do-review) and its application within the classroom setting will be shown as a platinum thread.

Each webinar will focus on a particular aspect of Special Educational Needs, which when experienced with the others on offer will empower practitioners to feel fully able to support students in their classrooms.

Facilitator – Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove is the author of the book, ‘Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell’. Rachel Cosgrove is an education consultant (Director of ScaffoldEd) specialising in inclusion and SEND. She has over 25 years of experience in schools as a teacher, SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher and is passionate about improving inclusive practise in education.
Rachel will be providing practical examples of how Teaching Assistants can meet the needs of the children that they support in classes through, various techniques and strategies, including; scaffolding, modelling and questioning through a Teams webinar lasting an hour and a half. (3:45pm-5:15pm)
At the end of the session Teaching Assistants will have several practical strategies which they can then take away and use to when supporting the children that they are currently working with within the context of their classrooms and educational settings.
This session will also promote Teaching Assistants awareness of the need to be inclusive and to meet the needs of all the children that they teach.
Strategies to support children within Early Years settings who have SEND, with a focus on those children with communication and interaction difficulties

Session 1 – Monday 10 July 2023 3.45-5pm

Setting up for new classes

-Pupil information – brief explanation of SEN categories and abbreviations. What to look for. Talking to the SENCO?

-Transition visits- reducing anxiety by planning in visits to new class or making contact with key pupils if in secondary.

-Planning the sensory and physical environment – what works for children with physical or sensory needs – things to bear in mind, practical strategies.

-Classroom displays and seating options – what to bear in mind.

-Setting the culture of the class- classroom cohesion, inclusive practice, expectations – link to research.

-Classroom routines and learning routines- why are they important in particular to pupils with SEN?

-Planning ahead re curriculum – eg visuals, concrete resources, different pathways? Prepping the TA if you know who is supporting you? Sharing resources and advice with colleagues in transferring class or within dept.

Session 2 – Monday 18 September 2023 3.45-5pm

Trauma and how it impacts in school

-What is trauma (both individually but also collectively). Adverse childhood events and what the research says.

-How we react to distressing events physiologically – biology of the brain.

-Physiology of trauma – how it is stored in the body and how it may present in our pupils.

-How can we support pupils in school – what can staff do to help pupils manage their emotions? Strategies to include teaching emotion words, grounding techniques, breathing, nurture activities etc.

-Reflecting on our roles and responsibilities – boundaries, safeguarding, seeking support, looking after staff.

Session 3 – Monday 20 November 2023 3.45-5pm

Adaptive teaching – planning lessons with SEN pupils in mind.

-Revision of house model

-unpicking comprehension and how we can support pupils to understand more of the lesson

-vocabulary teaching

-language and how to make it clearer for pupils with SEND and EAL

-using visuals and props

-scaffolds for literacy and numeracy

-what to do when pupils are working well below their peers

Session 4 – Monday 22 January 2024 3.45-5pm

Adaptive teaching strategies

  • Questioning
  • Peer support
  • Grouping models
  • Prompts
  • Using stories and games

Accessible assessment – unpicking what we measure and how

Session 5 – Monday 18 March 2024 3.45-5pm

Literacy and reading

-How do we learn to read and write and why is it complex

-What are literacy difficulties and what does the research say?

-What sort of interventions can be used to improve literacy?

-Supporting pupils with reading across the curriculum.

-Using text in the classroom – ways to help pupils access text. Ways to help pupils work round text.

-supporting writing and alternatives to writing.


Session 6 – Monday 22 April 2024 3.45-5pm

Working with pupils with complex needs – a toolkit

  • A detailed look at the most common identified needs – how each might be identified, key features, common barriers to learning, strategies that work to support the pupil.
  • ASD, SEMH to include ADD and ADHD and anxiety, SLCN, Significant learning difficulties, emotionally based school avoidance.
  • Chronic fatigue and pain and diabetes.



Session 1 – Monday 10 July 2023 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual
Session 2 – Monday 18 September 2023 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual
Session 3 – Monday 20 November 2023 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual
Session 4 – Monday 22 January 2024 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual
Session 5 – Monday 18 March 2024 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual
Session 6 – Monday 22 April 2024 – 3.45-5pm – Virtual

Location: All session are facilitated virtually

All sessions will be 3.45-5pm

Cost: £75 per delegate per session/Associated Members 1 unit per delegate per suite of programmes

Book a Place

Please note bookings for this online session will close at 12 noon the working day prior to the session taking place.  This is to ensure we have time to contact you with the relevant information and links.