Whole School SEND Consortium covers all of England with SEND Expertise (Guest Post – nasen)

Our friends at nasen have made the following announcement, which we are thrilled to share with readers of the Axcis blog:


Whole School SEND is delighted to confirm the appointment of Regional SEND Leaders for every Regional School Commissioner area across the country.


The new appointees are all based in schools and will bring a wealth of experience in special educational needs to support the Whole School SEND Consortium to deliver the Department for Education-funded Schools Strategic Support to The Workforce In Mainstream And Special Schools contract 2018-2020.


The project will build on existing work undertaken by the Whole School SEND Consortium to train over 500 practitioners in the use of the SEND Review and will see a number of school improvements and specialist organisations come together to build on an existing community of practice of more than 4000 schools, which aims to reach at least 10,000 schools over the next two years through the creation of eight school-led regional hubs across England.


The Regional Leaders will build networks of best SEND practice in their local areas and form links between mainstream and special schools to share knowledge and resources, as well as ensure that SEND provision is prioritised within school improvement plans.


Whole School SEND Regional Leaders will meet with headteacher networks, SENCo forums, teaching school alliances and other groups. The Regional SEND Leaders will highlight regional priorities for SEND provision improvement, share good practice, and signpost to SEND expertise, resource, training and research – so that every educational professional can increase the knowledge and confidence around SEND provision.


The Whole School SEND Consortium brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can achieve their potential at school.


Anne Heavey, National Director of Whole School SEND, said, “I am delighted that we have appointed such strong teams across England. Our Regional SEND Leaders will together drive best practice in their areas and are all well placed to make a difference for children with SEND.”


Joining the team are:

 Esther Brooks Regional SEND Leader for East of England and North East London Headteacher Chestnut Park Primary School
Cormac O’Neill Deputy Regional SEND Leader for East of England and North East London Assistant Headteacher and Trust Executive SENCo Beacon Academy Trust
Geraldine Grady Deputy Regional SEND Leader for South East England and South London Director of Teaching School Alliance Whitefield Academy Trust.
Caroline Parker Deputy Regional SEND Leader for South Central England and North West London Acting Deputy Headteacher and SENCO Gloucester Road Primary school.

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