Willow Tree Learning is proud to promote the work of its Director, Judith Carter who is an author with Routledge Speechmark who have published “SEND Assessment: A Strengths based Framework for Learners with SEND.” 

This is the first book in the “Essential SENCO Toolkit” series of books, with the second book “SEND Intervention: Planning Provision with Purpose due for publication in November 2021.  The third book in the series “SEND Quality Assurance: Intent, Implementation and Impact" will follow. 


If you have read any of these books or wish to ask a question or share an aspect of work inspired by these books, please email:


SEND Assessment:

A Strengths based Framework for Learners with SEND.

Book 1 of The Essential SENCO Toolkit series, this invaluable resource offers practical ideas and materials to allow SENCOs and SEN practitioners to capture learning, demonstrate the impact of SEN support, and analyse whether the provision is effectively tackling barriers to learning.


Chapters introduce a shared language of learning and move through seven key components: cognition, communication, creativity, control, compassion, co-ordination and the curriculum.

Key features include:

  • A framework for the holistic assessment of skills and attributes that contribute to accessing the curriculum, and a framework for intervention that is additional to, or different from, the differentiated curriculum

  • A unique strengths-based progress tracker that establishes a baseline to inform intervention and determine progress over time

  • A photocopiable and downloadable programme of materials, trialled and tested in both primary and secondary settings, that can be shared with teachers, senior leaders and support staff, as well as with parents/carers and pupils

Providing a framework to create a holistic profile of the child and their needs, SEND Assessment empowers professionals to confidently demonstrate progress for barriers to learning that are otherwise difficult to measure. It will support SENCOs in their day-to-day roles and become a vital tool for those interested in providing effective SEN provision in educational settings.