SEND Reference Group

26 Feb 2019   |   David Mills, Executive Vice Principal   |   Phoenix Park Academy, Sevenhills Academy

I was thrilled to represent Phoenix Park and Sevenhills (as well as Wellspring Academy Trust) as a member of the Expert Reference Group for Whole School SEND and NASEN in London. This is part of a DfE project to raise the profile of SEN in schools and academies Alarmingly, NASENs research suggests not enough professionals understand SEN and too often schools believe it is just one person’s responsibility – the SENCo. The general scope of the project is to provide tools to audit knowledge, raise awareness and skill-up staff.

One of the interesting outcomes of this first meeting was to discover how inter-connected we are. NASEN and Whole School SEND knew about our good work in N E Lincolnshire and the wider network of Wellspring Academy Trust, specifically around SEN. This is a real badge of honour for us all and I was proud to be the representative to give us a voice at a national level. I will keep you posted on how the project develops throughout the year.

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