Date of press release: 
14th October 2015

Press Release  

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

About London Leadership Strategy

  • London Leadership Strategy is taking forward the legacy of London Challenge. Run by Heads and School Leaders, LLS have an extensive network of school improvement reaching across all London Boroughs as well as offering support in specific projects and partnerships across England.
  • London Leadership Strategy offer programmes at primary, secondary and within SEN and their network includes all school sectors – maintained and non-maintained, members of multi academy trusts (MATs), independent schools, free schools and Non Maintained Special Schools (NMSS).
  • LLS’s programmes support schools at every point of their development journey – from needing improvement through to maintaining outstanding provision and supports leadership from entry to the profession through to outstanding heads supporting each other.
  • London Leadership Strategy have a lead school in each London Borough; a network of National Leaders of Education (NLE), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and outstanding heads and teachers and teaching school partnerships.
  • Over 200 London schools access services each year.
  • David Bartram is Director of SEN for London Leadership Strategy, Assistant Headteacher at Lampton School – a DfE Outstanding Academy and Teaching School
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About SEN Leaders

  • Since 2009 LLS has supported over 100 inclusion and SEND departments. Under the leadership of David Bartram, Director of SEND for LLS, the organisation deploys outstanding SEND practitioners, with a track record of success in SEND, from mainstream and special schools across the UK. The team includes Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), SENCOs, senior leaders with expertise and responsibility for SEND and teachers with a proven track record of excellence in SEND.
  • Part-funded by the Department for Education, the SEN Leaders Programme helps schools to identify areas for improvement within their SEND provision; equip those supporting school improvement to review and create improvement plans for SEND provision and help embed a focus on SEND into normal school improvement practices.
  • Working with key partners, including SEN SLEs, we offer an SEND Review, similar in scope to the existing Pupil Premium Review, and deploy SLEs and other leading practitioners to schools across the UK to offer support and advice.
  • The SEN Leaders Programme will support the development of a Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Review, similar in scope and quality to the existing Pupil Premium Review. This will be available in the public domain.
  • Case study of the SEN Leaders Programme was featured in the DfE Green Paper ‘Support and Aspiration – A new approach to special educational needs and disability’.


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