April 2018

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.


Our Q&A workshop on GDPR on Wednesday 18th April was exceptionally well attended – everyone
was aware of the imminence of the new Data Protection Regulations and were keen to find out how they would apply to their work. Two GDPR experts very kindly gave up their evening to advise us, waiving their fees in exchange for a contribution to the William’s Fund. James Stone is a GDPR Consultant from Salufen Ltd, and Leah Waller is a specialist solicitor from Lennons Solicitors.

Some tricky issues came up as our colleagues have such a wide range of careers, some working in schools or Local Authorities, others entirely free lance. It is all a little scary but, as James said in the end, if you were compliant with the old Data Protection Act you’ll just need to make a few changes.

We have all the questions with James’s and Leah’s answers and will be publishing these on our website in the next few days, well before 25 th May, when the GDPR becomes law.

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.

Anita Devi

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.

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