I am delighted to now be part of the Central Team supporting our Academies to be the best that they can be. I join you from Talbot Specialist School in Sheffield, where I worked for 20 years, the last 14 as Executive Head. As well as being an NLE for Fusion TSA which we established within Talbot in 2013, I am also the Regional SEND Leader for Whole School SEND/Nasen, as part of a DFE funded commission. My region covers East Midlands, South Yorkshire and the Humber. This role has allowed me to work with mainstream and specialist colleagues in building capacity, sharing knowledge and liberating the talent to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population. I am looking forward to using this knowledge and opportunity for the benefit of all pupils but especially those attending Wellspring Academies. I will be working to develop the SEND offer as part of the TSA and in support of Dave Whittaker and Chris Jessup, in addressing school development needs.
Sendgateway.co.uk – there are a mass of FREE resources available to all schools on this website. There is also a forum through which you can share ideas and resources. All schools have free membership at Bronze level and whilst this does provide only basic access, schools can upgrade to silver or gold or an additional cost. Take a look!
Real Group – they have recently developed a course on subject leadership and pupils with SEND.
Pdnet – there is now free online training available (pdnet.org.uk) plus toolkits for evaluating your provision with physical disability in mind.
Natsip – they have on line a range of free downloadable resources you might want to check out (NatSip.org.uk)
Potential Plus focus on pupils identified as gifted and talented and have a number of free resources on their web – potentialplus.org.uk
If you have others, please let us know and we will share in the next newsletter.
13 February 2020
FREE Conference on “Ofsted – lessons learnt from the new framework on Leadership of SEND” 9.30 – 3.00, Holiday Inn, Junction 28, M1. To book your FREE place, go to nasen.org.uk/events and select the date from the calendar.
12 March 2020 – FREE Conference, “EYFS and Autism” – a working title! Tankerlsey Manor, Sheffield, 9.30 – 3,00, TBC
16/17 March 2020 – Engagement Model training for SLE’s. Please contact Alison Ley at Penine TSA to apply.
SENCo Network Meeting
If you know of other events, please let us know so we can share these with colleagues