Being aware of the changes outlined in the Draft SEN Code of Practice

A number of changes in provision have been outlined in The Draft SEN Code of Practice including the need for provision for children and young people from 0-25 years of age. This will have an impact on all providers of education in this age range. There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood.

The draft code has introduced a new category of Social, Mental and Emotional Health (SMEH) which identifies specific syndromes and conditions including anxiety, depression, conduct disorders, self-harming, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, attachment disorder, autism and bipolar disorder.

Keeping staff up to date with these changes can be challenging but these syndromes and conditions, together with others, are included in the three volumes of Behaviour Solutions: A Guide to Syndromes and Conditions.

Each volume gives a guide to a wide range of conditions (64 in all, over 3 editions) and looks at definitions, symptoms and characteristics, causes, treatments, strategies to use in the classroom and a list of useful references including websites.

One particular benefit is that the books come in a photocopiable format so that if you wish to circulate details of a condition to several colleagues, or indeed to provide information to concerned parents, this is easily achieved.

Further details of the volumes and their contents are to be found on

Cost of the 3 volumes is £60 (a saving of £15 on normal price) plus £6 postage and packaging.

To order please contact us at:

Behaviour Solutions Limited
15 St. Marys Close
Newton Abbot
TQ12 5QF

Phone / Fax 01626 366161

What is the simplest way to record and retrieve the improvements achieved for each month in the school?

Underlying all appraisal and professional development programmes is a fundamental problem.

How can all the evidence that is recorded and gathered be collated so that it can be used not only as a portfolio of evidence of current practice, but also as a way of showing how practice is developing and improving?

As we know, to be recorded fully so that evidence is available for the inspectors, professional development programmes generate large numbers of documents, reports, videos recordings, and pictures.

Trying to collate them and arrange them can be as complex and time consuming as actually gaining the evidence in the first place.

Which is why, as schools take on board the new appraisal and professional development requirements related to the pay and conditions regulations, storing and retrieving evidence has become a key issue.

What is particularly useful in solving this problem is a purpose-built approach which not only handles all the data but also fits in exactly with DfE and teaching union guidance.

An approach which links lesson observation with objectives and standards frameworks and allows you to collect evidence using one unified system throughout the school.

A system that gives you and your colleagues in the leadership team up-to-date observation reports and data for the whole school, all for a very modest cost of £975.

This not only enables you to make decisions and focus attention on issues as they emerge, but also means that when Ofsted comes calling you can show at once what you have been doing to abide by the new regulations.

Such is the thinking behind Filio – an approach to the 2013 pay and conditions regulations that works across the whole school, allows everyone to understand that they are all being treated in the same way and fits perfectly in both primary and secondary schools, with both teaching and non teaching staff.

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