Supporting students with SEND in mainstream vocational areas

Increasing the awareness of tutors in mainstream of SEND conditions and establishing what they need to support students in their settings. Project led by Philip Riches.

About the project

What is the project about?

  • How equipped do you feel to support a SEND student in your subject specialism?
  • What would help you feel more confident and more likely to accept them onto your course?

What is the benefit to students?

The college has around 300 students whose SEND conditions are significant enough to justify an EHC plan and many hundreds more who have SEND needs at a lower level.

How will the impact of the project be measured?

Start with a baseline of data for each area:

How many SEND students are there?

What are the retention and achievement %’s for the past three years.

What are staffs own perceived levels of knowledge/competence for dealing with SEND conditions?

Set targets (negotiated with subject areas) for recruitment, retention and achievement.

Set a minimum target of two training activities around SEND for tutors from these areas.

Set up a student focus group to meet regularly and feedback

What will the outcome be?

Short term (by project end)

The setting up of a specialist strand of training for staff that can be integrated into the overall training programme.

Attendance by participating staff at training .

Visit(s) by participating staff to Inclusive area for observations (this will also provide feedback for the Inclusive team on their practice)

Student satisfaction data from participating students

Medium term (i.e. at year end and beyond)

Improved retention and achievement rates, higher satisfaction for students with SEND, Increased levels of staff competence feeding into their teaching and learning for the benefit of all students.

Research findings

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