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Securing Success following Lockdown: Behaviour Strategies

16 Jun 2020   |   Judith Smith   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

As the Regional SEND Lead for East Midlands, South Yorkshire and the Humber region for Whole School SEND/Nasen, I organise regional CPD events together with the Deputy (Jane Starbuck). Traditionally these free events (funded by DFE) have been held across the region and have engaged and strengthened our Community of Practice by attendance of colleagues from all sectors and phases of schools, LA’s, parents and carers.

Given the difficulty of planning for these events in the current climate, we decided to take a big breath, and a very scary dive into the world of webinars. On Tuesday 16th June, Luke Mitchell delivered a webinar for us, focussed on re-engaging with pupils as they transition back into school following lockdown. Over 500 colleagues from across the region signed up for this event and 390+ logged in for the hour long event and what a success!

We were delighted with this record number (the largest sign up so far nationally) and everyone agreed it had been a roaring success. Luke said: ‘I feel honoured to be able to put on these sessions for so many schools. The response from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. It was a privilege to share thoughts around how we can support children and young people upon their return to school. I’m very much looking forward to the next session’.

All in all, we are very proud to have taken this massive leap forward and are now planning further webinars focussed on SEND issues. Please get in touch to share ideas of focus for these and any contacts you might have to contribute to our programme of events.

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