Leading Heads welcome historic SEN reforms calling for strong Teacher involvement in implementation

Date of press release: 
29th July 2014

David Bartram, SEN Director for the London Leadership Strategy, says: “The legislation and the new Code of Practice provides an excellent foundation for schools to improve provision and outcomes for children with SEND. The passing of the legislation is the beginning, not the end of the journey.

“We must now work hard to ensure that the legislation impacts where it matters most, in the classrooms of children across the country. This will not be achieved by the legislation alone. It will be the drive and moral purpose of school leaders, outstanding teaching and strong parental engagement that will be key to ensuring a better deal for children, young people and their families.”

The London Leadership Strategy has supported over 100 schools across the UK utilising the expertise of outstanding SEN practitioners in both mainstream and special schools across London.

The SEND Inclusion Programme offers a unique and bespoke package of support including auditing of SEN / Inclusion provision, mentoring and coaching of staff alongside good practice visits and ensuring appropriate identification of SEN.

Schools involved in the programme have reported that this support has enabled them to improve behaviour, reduce exclusions, raise the attainment of vulnerable groups and improve the quality of provision for pupils with special educational needs.

Recently over 150 SEN professionals and school leaders came together to debate the new SEN reforms on classroom practice at the London Leadership Strategy’s Future of SEN Conference. The conference offered practical support for primary and secondary school leaders, special schools, SEN SLEs, Teaching School Alliances and SEN specialists.

The London Leadership Strategy has developed the 10 characteristics of SEN provision video, which is available from here

Notes to editors
About London Leadership Strategy

  • It is now 11 years since the London Challenge was launched by Professor Tim Brighouse and subsequently led by Professor David Woods.
  • In 2002 London was the lowest performing region in the country and it is now the highest performing. This is an unprecedented achievement and is a testimony of London teachers and school leaders who have worked hard to raise standards.
  • The London Leadership Strategy is the not for profit successor organisation, led by London Headteachers, which is keeping alive the spirit and mission 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.
  • The London Leadership Strategy recently released the 10 characteristics of SEN provision, available from here
  • For further information, visit londonleadershipstrategy.com
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