London Leadership Strategy (LLS), an organisation run by experienced Heads and School Leaders providing an extensive network of school improvement support, has today (14th October 2015) welcomed the findings of ‘Joining the dots’, a report examining recent reforms for those with SEND commissioned by the Driver Youth Trust.
Undertaken by education and youth development think tank LKMco, the report outlines recommendations for policy-makers, Local Authorities, schools and Ofsted to ensure that those with SEND are able to access and have the best quality provision available to them. Key recommendations are for Ofsted to require schools who are not making expected progress with SEN pupils to require a SEN review and for Regional Schools Commissioners to signpost schools needing support with SEN to specialist organisations that can help them.
Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director for London Leadership Strategy, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as a best practice case study in the report and wholly support the recommendation that Ofsted can commission SEN reviews. Our SEN Leaders school to school improvement programme has shown that a number of schools have developed fantastic SEN practice – sharing this practice in the system prevents the fragmentation that this report shows often provides difficulties for those with SEN.”
David Bartram, Director of SEN for London Leadership Strategy, said: “We are currently ignoring our greatest resource in raising standards for children with SEND – teachers and school staff. The SEN Leaders Programme addresses this by using key staff from schools in need of support to shadow outstanding SEN practitioners – improving provision and building a sustainable model for the future at the same time. We are delighted the report recognises the importance of knowledge sharing and the importance of leadership in SEN provision.”
This model underpins the work of London Leadership Strategy, where Heads and Senior School Leaders are working on the ground in schools across the country. LLS believe that the knowledge for school improvement is both within, and can be shared between schools. They have shown that focusing on developing the school leadership and collaborative through careful brokering of school relationships improves outcomes for kids.
Part DfE funded, the SEN strand of LLS’s work includes an audit and data analysis, a report on areas to develop and opportunities to secure appropriate brokering support from other schools.
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For further information, or to speak to Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director or David Bartram, Director of SEN please contact Charlotte Rains at London Leadership Strategy on 020 3096 7705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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