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11 May 2020   |   David Mills   |   Phoenix Park Academy, Sevenhills Academy

You may recall two pieces from previous Wellspring newsletters where I outlined my involvement in work undertaken by Whole School SEND and NASEN on behalf of the Department for Education to produce two documents regarding Inclusion and SENCo deployment; both close to my heart and something that I think will resonate with Wellspring colleagues. Well, after a lot of long trips to meetings in London and seemingly endless drafting, those resources have finally been published and I wanted to share them with you.

The first details guidance for Effective SENCo Deployment and its aim is to “help line managers of SENCOs feel confident that leadership of SEND is well-supported, purposeful and progressive; and, ultimately enhance educational outcomes and personal developments of children and young people with SEND.”

Its blurb says: “This guide has been designed for SENCos and their line managers. It covers how key operational and strategic elements of role can be structured and enacted, and offers frameworks for determining areas of priority to develop.”

The second is a resource for Demonstrating Inclusion and its ambition is to “allow leaders at all levels to be able to convincingly ‘tell the story’of SEND provision in their individual settings and, by working collaboratively with colleagues, to understand and demonstrate inclusion.”

Its blurb states “This guide can be used by Senior Leadership Teams to consider inclusion within their setting, and explores how inclusion is communicated through policies, enacted in practice and experienced by stakeholders. Each section can be taken alone, or all five combined together. This guide has been designed with self-reflection in mind, but can also be used as part of a professional dialogue across settings.”

I hope that you find them useful and thought provoking.

Both can be found on the NASEN SEND Gateway here: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/find-wss-resources.html

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