The Academies Show, ExCeL Centre, London, 25 April 2018
Our CEO Barbara Ball and Anita Devi – a highly respected special educational needs consultant, policy developer, strategist and trainer – spoke on the theme of “Better SEND Outcomes : Moving Towards SEND Efficiencies”. The SEND open theatre area was packed with SENCOs, Inclusion Managers and Head Teachers. We were joined by Rebecca Mottershead, a primary school Head Teacher in Barnet and Yvonne
Maguire, Inclusion Lead in a Lewisham school, who talked about how they have used their limited funds effectively to improve the progress and wellbeing of children witha diverse range of needs. We all had a great time – and hope the audience did too.
London SENCO Network
This Pan-London SENCO Network will be led by Barbra Ball and Anita Devi. Their aim is to support and develop SENCOs / SEND Leaders, including both those new to post and the more experienced. Line Managers of SENCOs are also welcome to attend.
Each session will focus on relevant updates and implications for policy and practice, as well as training SENCOs to better lead and manage their workloads; ensuring the needs of children and young people are met in order to make progress, and enhancing their wellbeing.
Open to SENCOs and SEND Leaders from early years to FE.
We’d like to draw your attention to two initiatives by Anita Devi, who co-presented with our CEO Barbara Ball at the Academies Show this week and will be facilitating the London SENCO network meetings with Barbara.
Firstly, Anita has produced a very useful SEND Leader Planner, available at https://www.anitadevi.com/ADL-Shop.php
Anita is also coordinating a new Research Interest Group (RIG) at BELMAS, the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. The remit for this SEND Leadership and Management RIG is to consider a professional development pathway for leaders of SEND (beyond the National SENCO Award) to ensure sustainability and retention of trained practitioners. To find out more about how you
can get involved, go to https://www.belmas.org.uk/Rig-SEND/Overview
ASEND Tuition Services
One service that ASEND is increasingly asked to provide is tuition for children and young people with SEND who are either permanently excluded from school, or waiting for a specialist placement or needing some one-to- one tuition within school. We also tutor some children who are looked after (LAC) and have additional needs, when tuition may be funded through the Pupil Premium.
Some of our tutors are also qualified Arts Therapists, who are able to help bring a troubled child to a point where they can begin learning and deal sensitively with their needs.
You can find out more here. If you are interested in becoming a tutor with us, or would like to talk to us about providing a tutor, we would love to hear from you.