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Annual SEN Conference 2019 "A whole school approach to SEND cultural change"

SENCO LA Programme 2019-2020


  • Please note that in order to book onto this training you must have purchased the SENCO LA CPD Programme 2019/20

Annual SEN Conference – "A whole school approach to SEND cultural change".
We welcome Head teachers/Senior Leader, Chair of Governors or Governors with SEND responsibilities and SENCos to this conference. The morning will involve focussed workshops led by well recognised national SEND Leads. The afternoon will give an opportunity for school representatives to have quality time to together strategically plan, explore solutions to barriers that they may face both within schools and across Southend as a local area.


Workshops will be lead by well recognised SEN Leads:

Head teachers/SLT: Malcolm Reeve, National Leader of Education and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND, will lead on a whole school approach to culture change. This is in the context of national data which shows the number of pupils with SEN has increased year on year. Nationally and across Southend the numbers of school age pupils with an EHCP and at SEN support has increased. Mainstream schools will need to meet the needs of an increasing number of pupils and more complex SENs. For Southend the number of special schools is expected to remain the same.

SENCOs: Cormac O’Neill, Deputy SEND Lead for the Eastern Region, will lead on the concept of embedding sustainable change. This will be in the context of ‘Southend SEND: What we need to do’ and link with the ‘SEND Reflection Framework’.

Chair of Governors or Governors with SEND responsibilities: Chris Rossiter, CEO of the Driver Youth Trust, will lead on giving Governors the tools to better review their SEND governance practice and impact on the effectiveness of the school, linked to the ‘SEND Governance Review Guide’. The guide draws on the six features of effective governance, sets out a framework for how to ensure that learners with SEND access high-quality provision and provides opportunity to begin to plan for or re-evaluate current practice against this or equivalent tools.


By the end of the Conference you should be familiar with:

  • principles linked to whole school SEND sustainable change and importantly in the context of Southend
  • the rationale for 'Southend SEND: What we need to do’
  • the most up to date SEND data headlines
  • the Whole School SEND offer and support tools for example SEND Governance Review Guide’

Booking Information

Workshops will take place in individual rooms which will be confirmed.

Additional places may become available in due course should schools wish to access these.


Head teacher (1 place), Chair of Governor/Governor with SEND responsibility (1 place) or and SENCOs or equivalent (1 place).

13 Nov 2019 08:30 - 15:30

Closing date: 06/11/2019
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Date and Time

13 Nov 2019 08:30 - 15:30


The Tickfield Centre (DARWIN / Darwin Room), Tickfield Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LL


Julie Hollingsworth
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