Half termly updates

Tuesday, 13th August 2019

SNIP will publish brief half termly updates on anything noteworthy in relation to special educational needs until the Summer of 2020.

SEND Myths

Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Here are nine SEND Myths and responses indicating the true facts behind them as well as references to gain further information.

Understanding Attachment

Tuesday, 12th February 2019

This information was produced in November 2018 aimed at raising awareness of: what attachment difficulties are; how they adversely affect pupil and school success and what schools can do about this.

Teaching Strategies to support learning for all

Monday, 11th February 2019

This information identifies the action that schools can deliver to ensure all staff are enabled to make their teaching accessible to the grear majority of pupils.

Measuring Progress for Pupils with SEND

Sunday, 13th January 2019

Since levels have been discarded schools need to base their ideas of individual pupil progress upon the curriculum they have devised and the assessment policy they have produced.  A guide to the process is now available on the website.

SEND Funding and Website digest

Sunday, 10th December 2017

In December 2017 we have placed two downloads onto the website.

The SEND Funding article aims to identify the responsibilities in this area as described by guidance and legislation.

The website digest is a collection of useful sites mentioned in SNIP during 2017.

SEND Development Plan

Friday, 3rd March 2017

This SEND Development Plan aims to support SENCos to reflect upon the impact of provision in their school rather than maintaining the staus quo.  The sections included have been taken from the SEND Review (DfE Aug 2016).

Accessibility Plan and PSED

Monday, 19th September 2016

This information provides proformas for an accessibility plan, evidence of compliance with PSED and the identification of equality objectives.

SENCo Calendar

Tuesday, 30th August 2016

This is a calendar of ideas and activities which SENCos may consider for completion during the academic year.

SEN Information Report proforma

Wednesday, 15th June 2016

We have updated the SEN Information Proforma as two sections were omitted in the original.  One asked schools to report on how they evaluate the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEN and the other asked about the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education.

2015 data attainment results for SEN pupils

Sunday, 3rd April 2016

These are the data attainment results for 2015 for pupils with special educational needs, receiving Free School meals and those who are disadvantaged (FSM and Looked-after).

Interim Pre-KS Standards

Sunday, 7th February 2016

This briefing identifies action taken by the Rochford Review to ensure that attainment and progress is measured for pupils who will be working below the standard of the National Curriculum tests at the end of KS1 and KS2.  These will be referred to as Interim Pre-Key Stage Standards; there is one Interim Pre-Key Stage Standard at KS1 and three Interim Pre-Key Stage Standards at KS2; each one containing a number of positive 'pupil can' statements. 

Times Tables and SEN

Sunday, 7th February 2016

From Summer 2016 all pupils at the end of KS2 will undergo an online test of their ability to recall their times tables up to 12 x 12. Not all pupils will find committing their times table to memory to be an achievable task, particularly those with special needs and/or disabilities.  This article explores ways to make the task easier.

Websites 2015

Sunday, 7th February 2016

A digest of useful websites mentioned in SNIP during 2015.

KS4 Access Arrangements for 2015-16

Sunday, 7th February 2016

A briefing on KS4 Access Arrangements for 2015-16.  Schools are advised to check the full document to ensure that pupils meet the published criteria.

KS2 Access Arrangements for 2015-16

Sunday, 7th February 2016

A briefing on KS2 Access Arrangements for 2015-16.  Schools are advised to check the full document to ensure that pupils meet the published criteria.

SNIP Literacy Programme Part 4

Tuesday, 26th May 2015
This literacy intervention programme is the second half of the two beat words found in Part 3 of the SNIP Literacy Programme. It uses secondary curriculum and high frequency words to support the recognition and spelling of words which pupils will need to know in order to read and spell fluently.


Wednesday, 20th May 2015
An updated readability briefing has been added to the website on 20th May 2015 to replace the previous version.

Pupil Premium spending

Tuesday, 24th March 2015
This document is a ten-point plan for spending the Pupil Premium successfully as identified by Sir John Dunford, national pupil premium champion.

Assessment Book 2015

Wednesday, 18th March 2015
This assessment book updates the 2012 version and aims to support the monitoring of pupil attainment, knowledge and skills by using standardised tests, checklists and other tools to measure progress.

Pupil Premium Calendar

Wednesday, 21st January 2015
This calendar aims to provide a prompt for the actions that may be needed by a school to respond to the needs of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.

The SEN and Disability Code of Practice (Final)

Monday, 1st September 2014
This briefing aims to identify the main aspects of the SEND Code of Practice as they relate to schools.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy and SEN Information Report Sept 2014-15 DRAFT

Sunday, 13th July 2014
This is a combined SEND Policy and SEND Information Report that has been produced for schools to use as a proforma for developing their own school policy in line with the SEND Reforms taking place in Sept 2014. The proforma includes statutory and non statutory statements followed by ideas regarding a response. It will require careful amendment to match school practices and then consultation with parents, and if appropriate pupils, to ensure the final document answers the questions they want answering. Once verified by the Governing Body, the document will need to be published on the school website and updated annually.

Schools statutory duties in SEND Code of Practice

Saturday, 21st June 2014
This information identifies the statutory duties placed on schools and included within the SEND Code of Practice (June 2014)

Providing special educational provision in schools

Sunday, 1st June 2014
This is a chart that aims to support SENCos in considering the action they may consider taking in order to prepare for the changes to SEND provision in Sept 2014.

Revision to the SEN and Disability Code of Practice

Sunday, 27th April 2014

The DfE issued a revised draft SEND Code of Practice on 16th April. This briefing picks out the main points for schools in order to provide an overview of the changes that are due to be implemented from Sept 2014. Download here.

The Children and Families Act

Sunday, 16th March 2014
The Children and Families Act was published on 13th March 2014. This briefing identifies its contents and also provides a précis of the main clauses to impact on SENCos.

Draft Code of Practice consultation

Sunday, 6th October 2013

This briefing has been prepared for the use of SENCos by Carol Smart, Editor of SNIP.  Selected excerpts have been lifted from the originating documents that appear to be of the most significance to the selected audience,  The text in bold is the editor's own emphasis.

National Award for SEN Co-ordination update

Saturday, 1st June 2013

The Education (Special Needs Co-ordinators) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 made it law for every new SENCo in a mainstream school to gain a Master-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within three years of taking up the post.  On 23rd May the DfE announced that a further round of funding, for an additional 800 places for the 2013 to 2014 academic year, on the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. The website states "We will shortly announce further details on how interested individuals can apply for a funding place. In the meantime please contact your chosen training provider."

Evidence Based Teaching

Sunday, 5th May 2013

This is an examination of strategies and interventions that help to improve pupil achievement.

The Pupil Premium

Sunday, 5th May 2013

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding for three groups of disadvantaged pupils, those registered for free school meals or those who have been looked after children or children of service personnel.

Support and Aspiration; next steps

Tuesday, 29th May 2012

This document outlines the Government's Green Paper proposals and releases the results of consultations, progress made towards achieving the objectives and the next steps Government intends to take.

Assessment Book 2012

Sunday, 15th April 2012

This assessment booklet has been updated and now contains current information and prices for a range of assessments.  Some assessments mentioned previously are unfortunately no longer available, but some new ones recently published are now in the 2012 book.

Research on the SNIP Precision Teaching pack

Friday, 24th February 2012

Dr Mary Nugent has conducted research on five interventions for struggling readers at the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in Ireland.  One of the interventions was the SNIP Precision Teaching pack. Here are her findings from four years of action research.

Updated A-Z of SEN

Sunday, 4th September 2011

During 2011 the A-Z of SEN was updated and the current version is now available to view on the website.  This most recent version runs to 29 pages.

Support and Aspiration

Tuesday, 26th April 2011

 A new approach to special educational needs and disability. A consultation DfE. This Green Paper, launched by the Department for Education in March 2011, sets the direction of travel for SEN and disability provision for at least the next decade but potentially much longer. As such, all those with an interest in SEN need to be aware of its contents to be able to respond to the consultation that concludes on 30th June.

Progression Guidance materials 2010-11

Tuesday, 12th October 2010

An extended version of the article on Progression Guidance which appeared in the October 2010 issue of SNIP has been added to the website to facilitate easy location of specific tables and to promote awareness-raising with colleagues.

New Sample Issue

Saturday, 7th August 2010

June's issue of SNIP has now been made available as a sample issue.

Articles include increasing SEN pupils' compehension and understanding, Supporting Early Years Foundation Stage pupils through the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), Cerebral Palsy, Asthma and more.

Get it from the downloads page.

Literacy Programme

Friday, 30th October 2009

Parts 2 and 3 of the SNIP Literacy Programme have been added to the downloads section.

Open Source Software

Monday, 12th October 2009

The list was originally developed to identify downloadable software to promote home access to computers for pupils with a disability. It includes information on read aloud software, utilities for keyboards, mouse cursors and toolbars, adaptations for screens etc. Available on the downloads page.

Literacy Programme

Thursday, 30th April 2009

The first part of the SNIP Literacy Programme (KS1/2) is now available on the downloads page.

New IDP Information

Wednesday, 29th April 2009

A new article on the Inclusion Development Programme (2nd Strand) has been added to the downloads page.

New Access Arrangements Checklist

Saturday, 31st January 2009

As promised in February's issue, a new checklist (Access Arrangements for National Curriculum assessments - KS2) is now available on the downloads page.

Inclusion Development Programme

Saturday, 11th October 2008

Staffordshire's Local Authority has placed its Inclusion Development Programme toolkit on its website. Here's the link.

New Information on IDP

Monday, 2nd June 2008

A new article on the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) has been added to the downloads page.

New Information on Readability

Tuesday, 6th November 2007

The information on readability that was promised in November's SNIP has been added to the downloads page.