SEND Peer Challenge Project

Derby City Opportunities Area in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

This team will be delivering important work for the Derby City Opportunities Area in Special Educational Needs and Disability. This project will involve the hosting of events (conferences and forums) and an evaluation study. The project also includes a rolling programme of whole school reviews which will involve 50 primary schools and 14 secondary schools. Teams of reviewers (from Derby City and the University of Derby) will visit schools to carry out peer challenges that include preparation and monitoring visits. Reviewers will also write summary reports.

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Training information

Future training dates

  • Tuesday 7 May 2019, 9.30am-2pm, St Martins School, The Derwent Campus, Bracknell Drive, Alvaston, Derby DE24 0BT

Project Launch Event

Date: Monday 17 September 2018

Location: St Martin's School, The Derwent Campus, Bracknell Drive, Alvaston, Derby

Project Launch Event Presentation

Whole School SEND Conference

Date: Tuesday 9 July 2019

Location: University of Derby

Title: Effective Practice for SEND: A Whole School Approach.

Theme: Ensuring positive outcomes for pupils with SEND: Strategy and Practice.

This enlightening Conference has been designed as a bespoke offer for schools in Derby City. It includes a diverse and relevant set of briefings, keynote speeches, workshops and network events to support professional development in ways that fit with the needs of our City.

Each school can send up to two delegates at a rate of £50 per school. Headteachers will be invited to the keynote and the head-teachers forum without extra charge.

The day begins at 8.30am with the arrival of attendees, and finishes at 4.30pm. Professor Keith McLay, Pro Vice Chancellor/Dean - College of Arts, Humanities and Education - has agreed to open the Conference at 9.15am.

The timetable for the day will be available along with the booking process.

Details and useful documents on how to make a complaint will be available in the very near future. In the meantime, if you wish to make a complaint, please email the Project email at

How do I become a SEND Peer Challenger/Reviewer?

If you are interested in being involved in this Project as a Peer Challenger/Reviewer, please complete the attached SEND Peer Challenge Expression of Interest form and return to Once approved, you will be invited to attend a training session.

How does my school get a Peer Challenge/Review?

Please email to express your school's interest in being involved in the Project.

What does the School Self Evaluation Report look like?

You can view the report here: School Self Evaluation

You can contact the Project team at

Pip Betts, Project Administrator, can be contacted on 01332 593259.