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Past Ofsted reports have often raised concern that a large proportion of underachieving pupils have been labelled as having SEN.

Under the SEND Code of Practice 2014, there are stricter guidelines about what is classed as SEND. There are also greater expectations on the role classroom teachers play when identifying SEND.

It is therefore important that you are able to confidently distinguish the difference between SEN and underachievement, and meet pupil needs.

Aims and outcomes

  • Identify and use a variety of different ways of identifying SEN needs in the classroom.
  • Clarify the difference between SEN and underachievement.
  • Identify different ways of removing barriers to learning.
  • Know when to ask the SENCO for help.

Unit content

Unit 2: Identifying SEND need