Our intent is to ensure that we support and develop SEND and Inclusion in all schools and settings across Surrey. We work to implement effective operational practices and to guide and support longer term strategic development that will improve whole school practices leading to better outcomes for SEND and Disadvantaged learners across the county.
As Surrey’s education partnership, SAfE’s role is to support our school-led self-improving system: where leaders are challenged, inspired and supported to create inclusive environments where learners flourish, enjoy learning and achieve the best possible outcomes through excellent education.
Working with our strategic partners Whole School SEND, Whole Education SEND and Surrey County Council, SAfE is delivering a series of projects, events and networks designed to meet the needs of schools across all phases.
Part of our work with WES is project based focusing on ‘Developing a self-improving SEND system’ so that improvements in schools are linked to context and consider several key areas of SEND. The ‘Developing a self-improving SEND system’ is a year long project supporting schools to evaluate SEND in their setting, developing an action plan with the support of a coach and working in a triad engaging in discussion to challenge and support ongoing developments. Action plans are quality assured by leading SEND expert David Bartram MBE.
We will be looking to run this project for the coming academic year 2022 -23, further details to follow.
Whole education has developed a series of online expert CPD webinars to support reflection and identify key actions to further develop SEND and Inclusion. These national experts provide professional challenge and support, looking at how learners can be supported in all education settings. The online seminars complement and reinforce key messages for the ‘Developing a self-improving SEND system’ project and cover the following topics:
• An introduction to supporting children with anxiety in your school
• Working with learners and families
• The role of the SEND Leader in High Quality Teaching
• Provision Mapping
• Maximising the impact of Teaching Assistants Matthew Parker (MITA)
• Intent: developing a strategy to improve outcomes the most vulnerable
• An inclusive approach to assessment
Booking details for the CPD seminars can be found via our Booking Portal
New to Role SENCo training: This training event will provide information about Surrey’s policies and procedures on Special Educational Needs and Disability, in a period of constant change and challenge. There is also guidance for new SENCos on strategies and approaches that will help them manage their role.
SENCo Leadership: A series of five online leadership sessions, which are interactive and explore how SENCos can adopt different leadership styles to influence SEND practices. There is also a focus on leading change and the steps to make sure new practices are embedded across the school. Key areas covered are:
• Leadership styles and a reflection on those adopted by SENCos
• SEND identification and the Graduated Approach
• Time management and strategic planning for the academic year
• High Quality Teaching
• Coaching and mentoring to lead sustainable development
Advanced SENCo Leadership - A series of five sessions building upon the SENCo leadership programme. These interactive sessions explore how SENCos can lead strategically to influence SEND practices. Key areas covered are:
• Leadership, management and leading change
• Self-evaluation driving improvement
• Commissioning services and support
• Leading Teaching and Learning
• Planning for success
SENCo updates: These termly update meetings run online and provide an opportunity for SENCOs to be informed about local and national developments, building better communications between schools and other partners. These updates also help to share good practice and solutions to common challenges. ensuring school SENCos are kept abreast of key developments and support in Surrey in order to support positive outcomes for the disadvantaged and learners with SEND.
Recordings of previous meetings can be found here in our media library.
Booking details for all the SAfE events can be found via our Booking Portal
SAfE shares regular thought leadership blogs with its whole school community.
Articles and blogs written by SAfE's Inclusion lead Kenny Wheeler (@KennyInclusion) include;
'Different from....and Additional to''
'High Quality Teaching: Are we on the same page?'
'A guide to The Teacher Handbook - an essential companion'
Visit our News and Views page to find the full catalogue of blogs and articles, alongside our bulletins and updates.
Surrey Local Offer – Surrey Local Offer Website run by the Local Authority outlining Surrey’s approach to supporting SEND, this contains information for practitioners, parents and learners.
SEND Gateway – SEND Gateway Home Page | SendGateway A useful website for learning about different events that support SEND practitioners as well as being home to several useful documents ranging from SENCo induction toolkits to review guides. This website also shares the latest developments and news from Whole School SEND.
SEND data from the Department for Education - Special educational needs in England For further information provided by the DfE.
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