SEND Leadership - Digital - Programme

Wednesday 3 Feb 2021 - Tuesday 9 Feb 2021

09:15 to 13:30

09:15

09:15
Leadership affirmation

Looking at the importance of wellbeing and being a positive role model

Anita Devi, SEND Consultant

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09:35

09:35
Policy updates: reflecting back

A look at relevant SEND updates within the last 12 months and the impact of Covid-19 and the SEND regulations amendments made during this period

• Further knowledge of current national SEND policy and practice
• An overview of the impact of Covid-19 on pupils with SEND over the last 12 months
• An update on the DfE SEND review

Natalie Packer, Education Consultant

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10:05

10:45

10:45
SENCO wellbeing

Practical tips for SENDCo wellbeing and supervision

  • Why wellbeing matters
  • Quick fixes
  • Long term improvements
  • What is supervision and why is it relevant for SENDCos?

Jenny Bowers, Director, Purplemoon Supervision and Coaching

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11:25 to 11:35

11:25 – 11:35
Break
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11:35

11:35
Support staff development

The importance of continued support for support staff. From high quality inductions, to relevant training and development opportunities, and the need for constant and productive communication.

Sam Garner, Education Consultant, Speaker and Trainer

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12:15

12:15
Empowering class teachers

• Ideas for embedding key messages for class teachers on their responsibilities towards pupils with SEND
• Knowledge of the latest research into effective ways of meeting needs in the classroom
• Practical ideas for SEND CPD to empower class teachers

Natalie Packer, Education Consultant

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12:55

12:55
Virtual roundtable sessions

An opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation to you as well as knowledge share and provide a platform for support and progression. Led by one of our experienced consultants.

Early career SENCOs (1st or 2nd year in post)  Sam Garner

Experienced SENCOs (4 years in post and beyond) Natalie Packer

SENCO career trajectory Anita Devi

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09:15 to 13:30

09:15

09:30

09:30
SEMH - Spotting the signs

How to recognise behaviours that may be indicative of a need for social, emotional and mental health support, and the best ways to provide that support

Sam Garner, Education Consultant, Speaker and Trainer

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10:10

10:10
Working successfully with carers and families

The importance of building positive relationships between home and school through an open, honest relationship built on trust

• How to build positive relationships through practical tried and tested methods
• The role which empathy plays in fostering trust between home and school
• Learning to listen to carers as they educate the educators

Ginny Bootman, Special Needs Co-ordinator

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10:50

10:50
Managing and reducing workload
  • Provision models & the triangulation approach: being able to use your time to work with children and families is key to ensure access to provision is sound and robust. A look at ways to reduce workload to ensure this more manageable
  • Time management & consistency: build a team of support and allocate administration tasks. 
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11:30 to 11:40

11:30 – 11:40
Break
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11:40

11:40
Developing robust quality EHCPs

Best practice and advice surrounding the production and implementation of high quality EHCPs that enhance the social and learning experience

  • How to apply for EHCPs successfully
  • What a GOOD EHCP is (we will be myth busting!)
  • Your rights as a school and managing the EHCP process

Ruth Bright, Founder and Lead SEN Advocate, Bright Futures Consultancy

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12:20

12:20
Mainstream and Special Schools : the importance of partnership

We will discuss the importance of creating a culture of professional honesty, how Special School practice can be transferable to mainstream settings, and why it is vital that we work together to raise the complexity threshold in schools.

Simon Knight, Joint Headteacher, Frank Wise School

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13:00

13:00
Looking ahead: what's on the horizon?

What's on the horizon?: A look forwards to the publishing of the government's SEND review, the National SENCO Workforce Survey and areas for potential policy development

  • An exploration of the policy developments Adam would like to see in the government’s SEND Review
  • An analysis of the findings of the most recent National SENCO Workforce Survey and implications for SEND leadership
  • The importance and significance of every leader being a leader of SEND

Professor Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, nasen

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