Who to ask for SEND help

There is no need to blindly struggle on for fear of admitting a gap in your SEND knowledge. Instead, ask for help

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At some point in their career, every teacher will come across a child with a learning need about which they know nothing (or next to nothing). More regularly, teachers will encounter learning needs that they have a good idea about, but with which they need some support around assessment, practical strategies or interventions.

In both cases, you may feel guilty, because it is something you ‘ought’ to know. But there is no reason why you should know everything and this is especially true of SEND. So don’t blindly struggle on for fear of admitting a gap in your knowledge. Instead, ask for help. ...

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