Welcome to SENCo Zone.

SENCo Zone is a bank of free resources for SENCOs and professions with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs. 

Resources on theses pages include information, downloadable content and useful links. 

Click the category links on the left to view the range of freely available resources. We add more resources frequently so please visit regularly to find our latest downloadable materials. 

Please email us for more information about our services pssinfo@birmingham.gov.uk

 

Are you a SENCO working in Birmingham? If so, please contact us for access to Birmingham SENCO Zone, available by clicking the purple button in the top right of this page. 

Online courses for SEND professional development

Our Online Courses website provides settings with a range of FREE online learning packages to support professional development and knowledge of areas related to supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

Click the link below to sign up and take courses with no charge for many of the courses on the site.

 

Click to visit our Online Courses Website

Toolkit Progress Tracker

The Toolkit Progress Tracker is an online tool using the Birmingham SEN Language and Literacy Continuums and the Mathematics Frameworks that enables schools to: track and analyse individual, group and whole school toolkit data to demonstrate and report progress for those pupils working below their year group expectations. Produce documents at the click of a button to report to SMT, Governors, Ofsted.

For more information about training and to purchase the tracker, visit our Courses and Resources section and search for ‘Tracker’.

Already subscribed to the Tracker? Click below to access your school’s Tracker site. 

 

Looking for your Tracker site? Click here to go to the Progress Tracker website

Here you’ll find a collection of resources and documents supporting SENCOs in their roles as leaders of whole school improvement and development of strategic practice.

These resources can be used to support SENCOs in creating a robust plan for the strategic development of SEN in their schools. Strategic SENCO Audit Tool coming soon!

Downloads:

  • SENCO Year Planner – This is designed to help you to plan by giving you information about the types of tasks that occur each term.
  • Data Dashboard Pack – When populated, provides an overview of your school’s SEN cohort.

Documents

Here you will find all downloads and resources from the Strategic SENCO Conferences held in Birmingham.

The workshops cover a range of subjects and are designed to support SENCos or Inclusion leaders in their strategic role.

Resources from the most recent conference are limited in the first 12 months of publication to delegates who attended the conference.  After that time access becomes open to all.

For more information on upcoming conference please visit the Courses and Resources tab or email Terri Cawser at terri.cawser@birmingham.gov.uk

Documents

Here you’ll find a useful resources that will help you to support your understanding of person-centred practice and help you to write person-centred outcomes.

The ‘Outcome Sandwich’- The model for writing PfA Outcomes gives you a structure to support writing person-centred outcomes. The model is recognised by the Preparation for Adulthood Team (https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/) as an example of good practice and and be used by anyone helping to write outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

PfA and the Golden Thread – This poster is a useful reminder of the key principle that, when planning and preparing support for a child or young person with SEND, aspirations, needs and planned outcomes should be clear throughout a SEN Support Plan or EHCP as a ‘Golden Thread’.

Annual Review Guide (Year 9+) – This checklist sets out key topics to cover at Annual Review and has been designed around the four life domains that are
widely used to think about planning for an adult life in the community (PfA). This document can be used to support Annual Review meetings from Year 9 onward.

Documents

Here you’ll find a collection of resources that will help to increase parental involvement and engagement. 

Parent Leaflets (Interventions Pack) – This download contains the first series of parent and carer information leaflets.They contain information about interventions that their child is to receive as part of your graduated approach to meeting their needs. 

Documents

Nasen Sharing Practice Flyer

Useful links to for SENCOs to find information and guidance

Local Offer – Birmingham City Council’s SEND Local Offer 

CRISP Online – Birmingham’s CRISP Online system. You may use this system to create and edit existing CRISP records for pupils within your school.

Foundation Years – A broad range of information developed by government, professionals and the voluntary and community sector. It is continually updated with the latest news, information and resources.

DfE Publications – Publications by Department for Education

AET Website – The Autism Education Trust (Resources and Information)

Autism West Midlands Site – Find out more about the services and support AWM offer

Action for Children Site – Help for disadvantaged children across the UK

Contact a Family Site – For families with disabled children

SENDIASS – Help and advice for children with SEND 

Nasen – Support for practitioners

Managing Transition Article