For the attention of Headteachers, Senior Leaders and SENCos
We are delighted to announce that Northumberland County Council is going to be working in partnership with Whole Education and David Bartram OBE to build a sustainable community of SEND learning that will use local knowledge to develop SEND provision and improve outcomes for learners with SEND across the region.
The project centres on a structured and quality assured process of peer review, in which schools are grouped into triads, with one taking on the role of coach. Those involved will benefit from high-quality training, self-evaluation, action planning, coaching and peer support. Participants already involved in the work have commented that the process allowed them to ‘focus and reflect more closely’, find a ‘better balance between operational and strategic aspects of the role’ and ‘provided a springboard to support improvement’.
This is a timely piece of work for Northumberland: a recent report into the impact of Covid-19 on primary school aged children found that the recovery pace of learners with SEN has been slower nationally, with fewer working at expected levels than their peers. The self-evaluation and action planning aspect of this project will enable those involved to identify the specific needs of learners with SEND moving forward, whilst the peer review element will ensure schools collaborate effectively, making the most of local expertise.
More information about the Northumberland WE SEND project, including the timeline, can be found in the attached flyer. The key to optimal benefit is for Headteachers and Governors to be involved to an extent; the requirement is that you attend a half hour session on the launch day, and then facilitate time for your SENCo to attend meetings with their Coach and within Triads (frequency to be determined by them) once your school action plan has been created and approved by your Senior Leadership Team.
For information about how the project has influenced SEND provision in other areas, please read Whole Education’s blog HERE.
We are anticipating that the project will run for three years, and in year 1 the first 30 places on this project will be fully funded by Northumberland CC, the cost is otherwise around £1000 per school. If your school would like to participate in year 1 please express an interest here. We hope over the three-year period to expand the reach to as many schools as possible. This is the model in other areas.
If you have any questions about the work, please contact Verity from Whole Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online SEND CPD from Whole Education
In addition to the above project, all Northumberland schools will be able to access Whole Education’s SEND CPD webinars.
Each webinar is delivered by a national expert and focuses on a specific area of SEND provision. They are open to all phases and types of school and we encourage all colleagues that would benefit from this professional development opportunity to join the sessions. More details on this will follow.
Northumberland WE SEND Network flyer can be found here.