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  • Isle of Wight SEN Support Toolkit

    This toolkit is designed to help Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) and other school staff navigate the range of resources and support available.  Feedback has told us that it’s not always easy to find what you need, or to be confident that what you have found is everything that is available.  We hope that you will find the toolkit a useful source of both signposting and support whether you are new in post, or an experienced professional.  You can work through it consecutively or jump straight to the section that answers your query today.  

    Early intervention is in everyone’s best interest, so this toolkit is focused on supporting school staff to meet the needs of pupils who may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) but do not have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), ie those identified at SEND Support (SEND K).  You may find resources which help even where a plan is in place, but it is our intention that this toolkit supports settings in fully exploring SEN support options appropriately.  Where a statutory assessment remains needed, having worked through this toolkit will ensure that you have a quality evidence base for assessment.  In some cases, it may enable your setting to meet needs in a timely manner without the assessment being needed. 

    This toolkit works hand in hand with our new SEN Support Line where experienced professionals are available to discuss issues, work collaboratively to find solutions and offer further advice and signposting.  You can access them via the webform HERE, but do look through the toolkit first.

     If you have feedback or find things that you feel are missing, please do let us know via as we will be constantly reviewing and adding to the content to ensure that it best meets the needs of SENCOs. 


    Quick Links

    Communication & Interaction


    Cognition and Learning


    Social, Emotional and Mental Health


    Sensory and/or Physical


    Strategic Knowledge Base

    Local Authority Support

    Understanding need

    Wider Guidance

    Other Vulnerabilities

    Specific Interventions

    Working in Partnership


    SEN Finance

    Next Steps

    • Isle of Wight SEN Support Toolkit