ASCL believes SEND should be at the heart of school leadership. It is not just the preserve of the SENCO. We encourage all schools to be inclusive and to take a whole school approach to inclusion and SEND, believing that every teacher is a teacher of SEND and every leader is a leader of SEND.
ASCL believes that the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice (CoP) were born out of positive and aspirational intentions. However, our members tell us that implementation of the CoP has been under resourced. This, alongside real term cuts to school funding, the unintended consequences of some of the changes to school accountability measures and a fragmented education system has led to many of the aspirations of the CoP not being realised.
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