nasen launches new report on identifying SEN in the early years


nasen, a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences, has launched a new report, Identifying special educational needs in the early years: Perspectives from special educational needs coordinators.

The research, which was carried out by Dr Helen Curran, explored the process of identifying SEN in early years settings, from the perspective of the SENCO including their working relationship with children, parents, staff and other relevant individuals.

The research findings highlighted that whilst over 70% of SENCOs were either extremely confident or very confident in identifying SEN, there was concern that less experienced members of staff were receiving no specific SEN training.

One in 10 SENCOs reported that they were allocated no time to their role and almost a quarter (22%) were only given time on an adhoc basis. Almost three in ten SENCOs in state-maintained settings admitted to finding it difficult to meet the government's SEND Code of Practice requirements, stating time and funding as contributing factors.

In addition, some SENCOs raised concerns that children presenting with ‘low levels’ or ‘less complex’ SEN could be being ‘missed’ due to a tendency to focus on those with more complex needs.

Read the full article here.

Author: nasen