Sharing Good Practice: Partnership Between Specialist and Mainstream Settings

  • Online
  • West Midlands
  • 25 Jan 2022 16:00 - 15 Mar 2022 17:00

This three-part series will explore how partnerships between Specialist and Mainstream settings can be developed and used to benefit both and support all students with SEND.

This series is suitable for practitioners across primary and mainstream from all settings.


Part 1: Tuesday 25th January 2022, 16:00-17:00 

In this session, Phil Harrison, Regional Director of Shaw Education Trust (SET) will be joined by Berni Pearce, SET IofE , who runs a Hub for both special and mainstream English teachers and a Hub for Teaching and Learning Leads from mainstream and special schools to discuss in detail how cross-sector working brings benefits to both mainstream and special schools in order to support students with SEND.

Part 2: Tuesday 1st March 2022, 16:00-17:30 

The second session in the series will explore pedagogical strategies frequently used in special schools which can also support students with SEND in mainstream. The session will cover engagement and disengagement, in-class strategies to support sensory needs and how to capture qualitative data and evidence for annual reviews. We will be joined by Alistair Crawford and Alan Wood, pioneer of  ‘Evidence for Learning’.

Part 3: Tuesday 15th March 2022, 16:00-17:00  

In the final session, colleagues from across special and mainstream schools will discuss a range of assessment and accreditation opportunities for students who are working below expected levels or for whom traditional assessment methodologies are not capturing their progress.


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Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, Newly Qualified Teacher, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher, Teaching Assistant

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Phil Harrison

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Philip Harrison

Phil works at Shaw Education Trust as the National Director of Education: Specialist. He joined the trust from Ofsted where he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Phil had a regional lead responsibility for special educational needs and disability. Prior to working for Ofsted, Phil gained extensive senior management experience as a headteacher and executive headteacher of special schools, residential schools and colleges. He has worked as a local authority school improvement partner and as a leadership trainer for the National College. During his time as a National Leader of Education he led and managed a National Support School and Teaching School. He has a postgraduate qualification in special and inclusive education and has worked internationally to support school improvement.

Phil has significant experience in governance having been a school governor in primary, secondary and special schools, including roles as Chairperson and safeguarding lead. Phil regularly supports local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to improve their offer for children and young people with special educational needs. He is currently an independent chairperson to an improvement board in one of these areas in England.

Phil is a trustee of the national charity Equals which is committed to improving the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through supporting high quality education.

Alan Wood

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Alan Wood

Alan Wood is Co-Founder and Director of Evidence for Learning. Evidence for Learning (EfL) has transformed how more than schools, colleges and provisions are able to evidence, assess, review and plan for meeting the unique needs of learners. It is an app which supports an inquiry-based approach to education and provision, allowing all stakeholders in a child's learning to quickly and easily gather photo and video evidence, linked to the individual’s learning goals. Observations can be annotated and tagged to reflect a school’s basket of indicators. EfL has also changed how parents/carers, external stakeholders and the learner themselves are engaged and empowered to be involved in the entire learning process and journey – a multi-agency approach. In 2018 EfL launched the LearningShared SEND community which brought together more than 80 specialist SEND leaders and practitioners across the UK. The community has since developed into a professional learning community comprising more than 2000 practitioners from that support learners with SEND.