SW SEND Conference: 7th November 2019

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Over 150 delegates attended the South West SEND Conference last week at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.  The first of its type, the purpose of the conference was to encourage supportive joint working between special and mainstream schools and to advance our understanding of teaching schools and the ‘school led system’.

The day got off to a superb start with a keynote address from Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation ofSchool Trusts (CST) and a very strong advocate of the teaching school agenda.  Leora challenged all delegates to take full advantage of the opportunities that now exist for schools to take responsibility for their own development and to put aside the tired notion that we must wait to be told by others what is best for our schools.  Leora’s address set the tone perfectly for the suite of workshops that formed the rest of the day’s programme, shaped as they were around the theme of schools sharing expertise and supporting each other.   All eight of the SEND teaching school alliances in the South West and representatives of SWALSS were in attendance throughout the day and were kept very busy explaining to delegates the range of SEND support they can offer to mainstream schools throughout the region.

Evaluations from delegates at the end of the day were universally positive about all aspects of the conference, from the keynote address to the catering and from the workshops to the venue.  The conference was co-ordinated by the Network of Special Teaching School Alliances (NeSTSA) and the South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS) on behalf of the Teaching School Council SW.

Please use the following link to view Leora's presentation: http://bit.ly/SEND7thNov


System Leader Event Wash Up

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Please note that booking is now open for the wash up regional training event for NLEs and Teaching School Heads who are eligible to help us deliver the 19-20 school improvement offer in the South West. This event is specifically for those NLEs and TS Heads who were unable to attend the original event on Oct 1st.

You can book your place here: https://www.cpdportal-sw.org/index.php/18-19-sic/system-leader-training-entitlement-events/wash-up-training-for-designated-nles-and-teaching-school-head

Please ensure that your booking is made by 21st November. We are grateful for your support of the offer in our region and for your attendance at this event. We are also very aware of how busy our system leaders are which is why we have compressed this training into a half day event, which we hope enables as many as possible to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there. Coffee and refreshments will be available from 9 am with training starting at 9.30 am, with a planned finish for before 12.30 pm.

School Improvement 19/20 Guidance for NLGs

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A pack has been produced for National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) to support their role in the School Improvement Offer 2019/20.   It is designed to accompany a webinar and forms part of the briefing materials for NLGs.  If you would like to view this NLG guidance document, you can view it here.

Developing the Strategic SENCO Conferences

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Whole School  SEND and NASEN are holding a Developing the Strategic SENCO conference on 2nd December at SBS House, Poole and on 9th December at Oakhurst Primary School, Swindon.  This training day will lead delegates through the process of developing the SENCO as a strategic leader.

For further details please view the attached flyer.

Please use the following links to book your place:

 2nd December at SBS House, Poole

 9th December at Oakhurst Primary School, Swindon