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staff:student ratios

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by heyrainbow, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. heyrainbow

    heyrainbow New commenter

    Hi,
    Can anybody point me in the right direction to find figures for recommended SEND teachers/specialists to student ratios in mainstream schools. I work in an independent school and am struggling to convince our leadership team that we need more Learning Support teacher/specialists, and need numbers!
    Thank you very much for any ideas, guidance, or pointing out obvious sources of information I have missed.
     
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I think you are coming at the is from the wrong angle ? If I were on the Leadership team I would want reassurance ( action plan / training audit / analysis of priority leaning need ) that the staff are delivering a quality first differentiated curriculum equipped with a range of strategies to accommodate most of the students most often of the time- they are your greatest ( expensive ) resource . You don’t state the kind of SEND you are trying to address ? I suspect that you need to be specific about the kind of outcomes you would be expecting to witness as a result of the specialist / additional support ? Having extra bodies is no guarantee for anything ? Sound rationale for deployment and evidence that their expertise will impact on ‘ progress ‘( however you define this ) is key . I doubt the figures you are seeking exist ?
     
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    What minnie me says ^^^

    I also do not believe there are any mandated or recommended staffing ratios for SEND in mainstream schools. But I'm not a SEND specialist or practitioner.
     
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  4. Jonesygirl

    Jonesygirl New commenter

    I believe you would need to audit individual EHCPs to determine what numbers of support staff needed for support in class, but most won't have in class support written into the provision plan, just TA led interventions. There are no set numbers, it is about who is able to meet need- class teacher, or additional support.
     
  5. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Engineer it the other way around. Evidence what you think needs doing, then use that to evidence the need for staff to do it.
     

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