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EEF Trial of the SEND Review in Mainstream Secondary Schools

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was established in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as a lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation) with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education (DfE).

The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.

The SEND Review is a structured, peer-to-peer evaluation of SEND provision across a school. The aim of the programme is to improve provision for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools by helping schools to evaluate the effectiveness of their provision, and then implement a bespoke action plan to target areas of priority and drive improvement.

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How the trial works

SENCos from participating schools will receive a day’s SEND reviewer training, then undertake a self-evaluation in their setting. Once the self-evaluation has been completed, Whole School SEND will pair-up the intervention schools, and a peer reviewer from the paired school will work with them to identify strengths and weaknesses in the school’s existing SEND provision.

The two SENCos will then work together to devise and implement an action plan with other school staff to address weaknesses and improve SEND provision.

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When the trial will take place

Whole School SEND will be recruiting mainstream secondary schools to take part in the trial between October 2019 and April 2020, and the programme will start in the summer of 2020.

The trial is funded by the EEF and is being evaluated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

If you would like to apply to take part in this trial, then please contact project directors Margaret Mulholland and Katherine Walsh