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
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