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WSS - Regional SEND Teams

Find your Whole School SEND region and connect with your team of Regional SEND Leaders. 

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Our Impact

The latest results and statistics from Whole School SEND:

Whole School SEND Annual Report 2019/20

Whole School SEND Annual Report 2018/19

 

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Contact us

Follow Whole School SEND on twitter: @WholeSchoolSEND

Contact the Whole School SEND team by email: info@wholeschoolsend.com

Write to us: Whole School SEND, The Sandbox Workspace, 37 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB

Our values

Our values arose from a consultation exercise that sought views from children and young people, parents, education professionals, consortium partners and other interested stakeholders. This was formed of an online survey, focus groups with children and young people with SEND, and phone conversations with stakeholders.

The values that underpin our work at Whole School SEND are:

We believe that every child is entitled to an education and opportunities that enable them to enjoy, achieve and thrive at school and beyond into adulthood. As well as being enriching and enjoyable for its own sake, education must prepare all children for independent living, fulfilling employment and happy relationships. The children and young people who took part in our consultation exercise stressed that they want their teachers to place their views and wishes at the centre of decision making and to hold high aspirations for them.

We believe that our best solutions are found from a diverse pool. We aim to bring education professionals together from across the broad continuum of provision. We value the contribution of those working in specialist and mainstream settings, be they support staff, teachers, SENCos, or leaders, we equally value and seek the views of parents, carers, and children and young people, as well as other stakeholders with something to contribute to the discussion.

We know that there is much good practice in the education system, but we also accept that SEND provision is not yet good enough everywhere. We want to identify and disseminate good practice and empower education professionals to feel able to develop and refine their approach to SEND provision.

Research and evidence lie at the heart of the work that we do – so that we can be confident that resources are invested effectively, and we can measure the impact of our work. We respect that the experience of every learner is unique and that every education setting has a unique context – we do not believe that one size fits all.

If you want to improve your SEND provision, then our suite of free resources can help you identify your strengths and areas for growth as well as the next steps you can take.

We believe that human connections and relationships are important. We aim to support local networks of education professionals to drive sustainable improvement to SEND provision. Our Regional SEND Leaders are working with existing local networks and influencers to create opportunities to reflect honestly on SEND provision. We create opportunities to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. We believe that we achieve more when we work together, and that collaboration is essential to deliver effective bespoke support to every child.

We believe in innovation and creative approaches to challenges; and in investing our resources wisely to achieve meaningful impact.

We are optimistic about the future of SEND provision, and realistic about the hard work that must be undertaken to achieve the improvements our children and young people deserve.

What We Do

As a Department for Education funded contract, all of our work and resources are free to access. Below is a selection of the work we do and the support we can offer.

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Community of Practice e-newsletter

The Community of Practice newsletter is designed to give you monthly updates on the work of Whole School SEND, the new resources available both from WSS and externally, updates from the Department for Education, and opportunities to get involved and contribute to our work.

The e-newsletter is an easy and efficient way to keep up-to-date and you can choose to receive this newsletter by editing your Communication Preferences.

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Consortium expertise

Whole School SEND runs as a consortium with a variety of different organisations, in order to bring you the most relevant and trusted expertise. Our Consortium Partners feed into the work we do, including developing resources and delivering events, and can be the best port of call for specialised information relating to specific conditions, setting types or areas of focus.

Find out more on our Consortium Partners page.

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SEND Reviewer Training

SEND Reviewer Training builds on the concepts explored in our SEND Review Guides, giving you the skills to carry out reviews of SEND provision both in your own setting and on a peer-to-peer basis. The process is designed to be supportive, non-judgemental and accessible, to allow every setting to confidently and accurately evaluate their current provision.

A free, online SEND Reviewer Training course is currently available, provided by our Consortium Partners Real Group.

Upcoming events and the latest blogs & resources

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Involving families in provision for students with DLD

Online
09 Mar 2021
FREE
mainstream
primary
secondary
DLD

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at SENCos in primary and secondary mainstream settings to help improve provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

Understanding the difference between SEND and Disadvantage in schools

Online
09 Mar 2021
FREE

A thought-provoking session based on evidence and experience which challenges the understanding of SEND and Disadvantage in schools.

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The graduated approach at the heart of distributed leadership for SEND

Online
10 Mar 2021
FREE

A webinar looking at distributed leadership, aimed at SENCOs, Headteachers and Senior Leaders, Governors and CEOs.

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Empowering Staff to Provide SEN Support: The Role of Leaders

Online
11 Mar 2021
FREE
secondary
send support

This webinar aims to support secondary SENCOs and all other leaders to empower teaching staff to effectively meet the needs of pupils at SEND Support.

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Evaluation of a Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) pathway

Online
16 Mar 2021
FREE
primary
secondary
mainstream
SLCN
DLD

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at senior leaders in primary and secondary mainstream settings to help improve provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

I CAN - helps children communicate

Building effective practice to support students with DLD

Online
18 Mar 2021
FREE
DLD
mainstream
primary

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at teachers in primary mainstream settings to help improve provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

I CAN - helps children communicate

Building effective practice to support students with DLD

  • Webcasts
  • 04 Mar 2021
Free
DLD
mainstream

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at teachers in primary mainstream settings to help improve provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

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Webinar: Inclusive Curriculum through the Ofsted Lens

  • Webcasts
  • 02 Mar 2021
Free
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In this recorded online conference, speakers including Professor Barry Carpenter, WSS National SEND Leader Malcolm Reeve and a representative from Ofsted explore how school leaders can implement an inclusive curriculum for all learners.

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Webinar: PE, Inclusive Sport and Wellbeing

  • Webcasts
  • 24 Feb 2021
Free
PE
sport

This webinar focuses on how to ensure your PE and school sport offer is Inspiring, Accessible and Meaningful for all your pupils during and post the national lockdown period.

Webinar: High-Quality Teaching - Targeting Areas of Need

  • Webcasts
  • 23 Feb 2021
Free
HQT
QFT
mainstream

This two-part webinar series will focus on how high-quality teaching, also known as quality-first teaching (QFT), can be targeted at identified areas of need.

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Webinar: Inclusive Maths - Bridging the gap between abstract and concrete

  • Webcasts
  • 18 Feb 2021
Free
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This webinar focuses on recently updated KS1 and KS2 Maths guidance and introduces principles and practical strategies that can be used by teachers to ensure Maths lessons improve outcomes for all learners.

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Webinar: Using data sources to inform best practice

  • Webcasts
  • 11 Feb 2021
Free
data

Too often data collection is excessive, unreliable, confusing which gives staff less time with children; when used well data can have a profound and positive impact in SEND departments.