Last week, Gail and Rachel from the Axcis Liverpool office went along to the Manchester Metropolitan University conference on “Transforming the Role of the SENCo”. With some fantastic speakers and practical workshops, it was a day packed full of useful information for all in attendance.
“The main objective of national SENCO training is to increase the participation of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities and raise their achievement through developing SENCo’s professional attributes and improving their knowledge, understanding and skills (NCTL).”
Topics and Speakers
The conference this year had a strong focus on the implementation of the ‘Children and Families Act’ (2014) with a view to enhancing knowledge, skills, attributes and understanding. Speakers were Professor Sonia Blandford, founder and CEO of the national charity for All 3As. Professor Alan Dyson, from the University of Manchester, Co-Director, Centre for Equity in Education and final speaker was Jane Friswell, CEO of Nasen.
The workshops on offer were really useful and included topics such as Behaviour & Mental Health needs run by Janice Cahill – Head Teacher of the Pendlebury Centre PRU, and SEN Resourcing run by Kay Hill – an independent SEN Consultant.
On the Axcis stand
As always, Axcis staff were on hand to offer help and support to both delegates and speakers on the subject of recruitment. We recognise that it’s not always easy to find SEND Teachers and Support Staff with the right qualifications and skills when you need them. Especially when it comes to last-minute vacancies. Staff working in schools must undergo a rigorous set of background checks, and as any school or local authority can tell you – sometimes these can take a very long time to get through! That’s why so many schools come to us. At Axcis, we interview and vet a continuous stream of candidates with wide-ranging SEND skills and training – meaning that we will almost always have candidates suitable for working with a range of different special educational needs, such as SEMH, Autism, Moderate Learning Difficulties or those with more complex needs and who might need staff with a combination of education and care skills.
If you are seeking staff, or a job in the Manchester/Liverpool areas…
Axcis has offices covering the majority of the UK, but if you were at the SENCo conference and would like to find staff, or your next school position with SEND in the local area, why not get in touch? It’s completely free to register with Axcis and takes just a few minutes. Leave your vacancy with us and we will send you only the best, most suitable candidates for consideration – and you don’t pay a penny unless you decide we have found you someone you want to hire on a temporary or permanent basis. Not only that, but Axcis finds specialist staff at mainstream prices! So don’t be put off by the idea of using a specialist agency – it won’t usually cost you any more than your current supply staffing arrangements (and you might find someone far more suitably qualified, too!)
What if I am a SENCo looking for a more permanent role?
Axcis works closely with many special schools and leadership teams. We are often asked to find staff for permanent roles which offer excellent progression for those who are currently working as classroom teachers, department leaders, SENCos and Assistant/Deputy Heads. Despite being an agency, we don’t just offer short-term supply staff to plug your staffing gaps! So, if you are interested in seeking your next permanent post, get in touch for a confidential discussion with your local office. You’ll have an experienced, professional consultant supporting you who understands that this can be a sensitive time.