- Distributed leadership of SEND – Wed 6th November 9:30-12:30
- Developing a graduated approach – Thursday 28th November 9:30-12:30
- Measuring progress of pupils with SEND – Wed 29th January 9:30-12:30
- Pupil and parent voice – Thursday 27th Feb 9:30-12:30
SIP & SAOS ACTION Research: June 2017
This short piece of action research seeks to identify the characteristics that ensure impact from external interventions delivered by Southampton Advisory Outreach Service for SEND can be sustained over time.
It considers how the service can work with schools to establish self sustaining systems that reduce dependency, thereby freeing the service to focus resources where there is greatest need.The research suggests that sustainable progress is dependent on the continued setting of specific targets that allow progress to be measured and evidenced over time. However, it also suggests that schools need to consider the wider progress made by pupils that cannot be captured by narrow progress measures. Furthermore, the research identifies some key factors that ensure pupils continue to make progress once external support is withdrawn. These include consistency in how support is delivered and effective communication systems that help to maintain consistent approaches to support and allow for adaptation as part of the cycle of ‘assess, plan, do and review’. Furthermore, the research considers how schools retain motivation to continue with recommendations once external support is withdrawn and the conditions that are needed to foster ongoing commitment.
A joint inspection of the 0-25 SEND provision within Southampton took place at the beginning of February. The letter was published at the end of term and identifies the significant impact of the SAOS team upon the quality of SEND provision within mainstream schools. The work of SAOS was identified as the second of seven main findings and attributes their work as a ‘key factor in implementing (0-25) reforms’. During the week of the inspection SAOS received high praise from mainstream settings and overall the work of SAOS has been celebrated as being significant to the positive outcome of the inspection. Thank you to all those mainstream schools who were involved in the inspection and who highlighted to inspectors the difference the service makes to outcomes for pupils with special educational needs.
Following the outcomes from the research carried out last year, SAOS are currently carrying out case studies to examine successful outcomes and sustainability over time.
- Do pupils who exceeded their targets continue to make progress once outreach intervention is concluded?
- What are the factors that impact on sustainability?
The service will carry out 5 case studies of pupils who exceeded their targets during 15-16. The mainstream school will receive a follow up visits at 6 months, following the conclusion of the outreach intervention. Data will be collated by Outreach Advisory Teachers as follows:
- An observation of the pupil in class (qualitative)
- Staff questionnaire (quantitative)
- Structured interview (qualitative)
SAOS ACTION Research 2015-2016
Maximising pupil progress and building school capacity
The research sets out to investigate the challenges for SAOS in measuring the impact of short term interventions for pupils with special educational needs, seeking to identify the factors that contribute to successful intervention. It also highlights considerations for enhanced partnership working between the Southampton Advisory Outreach Service for SEND and city schools in order to ensure that pupils with special educational needs achieve the best positive outcomes.
The complete research and a summary document of key findings can be found in resources or below: