Whole School SEND in 2019/2020
Anne Heavey, National Director of Whole School SEND, shares an update on the Whole School SEND Consortium for 2019 - 2020:
How time flies! The last year has been a busy one for the Whole School SEND Consortium and our Community of Practice.
To support every school to deliver an inclusive education for all children and young people the Whole School SEND Consortium is delivering work to meet the following four contractual aims:
Aim 1: Drive education institutions to prioritise SEND within their CPD and school improvement plans including facilitating greater links
between mainstream and special schools.
Aim 2: Equip schools to identify and meet their training needs in relation to SEND.
Aim 3: Build the skills of teachers working in mainstream and special schools and of SENCos and teachers of classes of children and young people with sensory impairments by promoting best practice.
Aim 4: Identify and respond to any gaps in the training and resources available to schools.
One of our main achievements has been the introduction of a new regionalised approach to delivery and the introduction of the 16 strong Regional SEND Leadership team. The Whole School SEND Consortium regions mirror the eight Regional School Commissioner (RSC) areas. In each of these regions we have seconded two experienced school-based professionals for one day each week. The Regional SEND Leadership team have spent the last year undertaking the following activity:
• Identifying key networks and stakeholders within the region to drive the prioritisation of SEND in schools
• Contacting and building relationships with these key networks and stakeholders
• Meeting with representatives from the Teaching Schools Council, Regional School Commissioners, Ofsted, MAT Leaders, Opportunity Area Leaders, and Local Authority leaders – to identify priorities for improving SEND provision locally and disseminating good practice
• Encouraging schools to join the Community of Practice
• Raising awareness of the free Whole School SEND Consortium resources, such as the SEND Review Guide, to support school-based professionals to reflect on the strength and weaknesses of SEND provision within their settings
• Providing bespoke support to selected Local Authorities with Written Statements of Action following and an Ofsted/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection
• Raising awareness amongst regional networks of research and engagement opportunities across the wider contract – for example the trial of the SEND Review in school-based early years and sixth form settings
• Providing regional intelligence to research activity undertaken by Consortium Partners
• Commissioning CPD events to address regional SEND priorities
• Representing the Whole School SEND Consortium at national and regional stakeholder events and in the media
You can read a summary of everything we achieved last year in our Annual Report.
This year we are building on this regional success by:
- Introducing 48 free SEND CPD events for the Community of Practice (6 in each region)
- Training 40 SEND Reviewers in each region
- Expanding the SEND MAT Review – so that every region has two MAT reviews across the contract
- Training three MAT SEND Reviewers in each region – so wherever you are in the country there are trained reviewers nearby to support the process
- Launching a Leadership of SEND Guide, which covers both inclusive leadership and SENCo deployment
- Publishing examples of research undertaken from SENCos completing the NASENCo
- Introducing regular SEND Research blogs on the SEND gateway
- Continuing our partnership with #SENExchange – where we co-host the last Twitter chat each half term
- Launching a suite of videos for new teachers which introduce common SEND conditions
- Sharing case studies of good and promising practice around supporting pupils with SEND who are at risk of exclusion or who have been included
- Expanding the evaluation of the Consortium by partnering with Driver Youth Trust and Teacher Tapp
- Undertaking a user review of the SEND gateway to ensure that our resources and research is easy to access and clearly presented.
In addition to the elements outlined above we are also introducing new projects to address gaps identified in the last year by UCL. This includes four new training programmes for classroom teachers, SENCo and Middle Leaders on:
- Supporting pupils with physical disability
- Supporting pupils with sensory impairment
- Understanding and identifying Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (DME)
- Providing effective provision for pupils identified at SEN Support
We’ll also have some further new projects around Preparation for Adulthood, career progression and SEND, and SENCo and Specialist workload coming soon – so watch this space!
If you are interested in finding out about what we’re doing in your region, taking part in our free training offers, trialling the new SEND Leadership Guide, have a MAT SEND Review, becoming a SEND reviewer, contribute to the user review of the SEND gateway or just want to stay in the loop then do join our Community of Practice.
We’ve done a lot in the first year – but we’ve got so much still to do to make sure every child gets the support they need to achieve their full potential at school.
National Director, Whole School SEND
Whole School SEND
Whole School SEND is a community of practice bringing together over 4000 schools, practitioners, parents and third sector organisations, committed to improving outcomes for learners with SEND. It is hosted by nasen and draws together work funded by the Department for Education and other investors.Find out more about the Whole School SEND See all Whole School SEND documents on the gateway