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Leading CPD for Inclusive SEND Provision

  • Online
  • South Central England and North West London
  • 03 Feb 2022 15:45 - 10 Mar 2022 17:30

Funded by the Department for Education, this series of three webinars will explore evidence-informed, effective strategies that SENDCOs and school leaders can use to build a culture of professional growth - one that permeates the entire school community and secures the best outcomes for all.


Part 1: Thursday 3rd February 2022, 15:45-17:30 - Planning Effective SEND CPD

This session will be led by Gary Aubin, Content Specialist for SEND at the Education Endowment Foundation. It will focus on contextualising the EEF Guide to Support School Planning, and the new Effective Professional Development Guidance Report. It will be followed by a school case-study.

Part 2: Thursday 17th February 2022, 15:45-17:30 - Creating a Culture of Reflective SEND Practice

This session will be led by Dr Kulvarn Atwal, writer of The Thinking School and headteacher of two large east London primary schools. It will focus on principles for developing a dynamic learning community that drives school improvement. It will be followed by a school case-study.

Part 3: Thursday 10th March 2022, 15:45-17:30 - Coaching for Improved SEND Practice

This session will be led by Dr Matt Silver, CEO of Pathways Education, a national group of SEND re-engagement schools, post-19 social enterprise colleges and deliberately developmental coaching and consultancy services. The webinar will focus on approaches for coaching individuals and groups to grapple with SEND research and new ideas in a manner that meaningfully and sustainably improves their practice.


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Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Governor, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, SENCO, Senior Leader

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Meet your trainer

Gary Aubin

Gary joined the EEF on secondment in September 2021. In his Content Specialist role, he aims to support schools to be evidence-informed in their practice for students with SEND. Alongside this, he leads on SEND provision for a Multi Academy Trust in London and Hertfordshire. He is a secondary Drama teacher and former SENDCO and Head of Year.

Gary authors the SENDMatters.co.uk blog and has recently written The Lone SENDCO, a handbook for SENDCOs.

Kulvarn Atwal

Meet your trainer

Dr Kulvarn Atwal

Dr. Kulvarn Atwal completed his PGCE at the University of East London in 1999 and has worked in 4 East London schools. He began studying for his Masters in Education in his NQT year and has been a passionate advocate of teacher engagement in research. In 2016, Kulvarn completed his Professional Doctorate in Education, and his thesis investigated the factors that impact upon teacher engagement in professional learning activities. His conceptual framework included a model designed for school leaders to implement in schools to maximise teachers' formal and informal learning opportunities.

For the past nine years he has been Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School and is currently also Head Teacher at Uphall Primary School. In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Highlands was recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as one of the highest performing primary schools in London for pupil progress. He has just published his first book, The Thinking School – Developing a Dynamic Learning Community. He tweets at @thinkingschool2.

Matt Silver

Meet your trainer

Dr Matt Silver

Dr Matt Silver is the CEO of Pathways Education, an education group that creates equitable communities that thrive from serving each other and our planet. Pathways runs re-engagement schools, hybrid college/social enterprises supporting learners with additional needs into employment. They also run a Development arm that consults and lectures internationally on a host of topics in leadership and SEND, whilst also coaching with Complete executive group.