Workshop 1 Title: Inclusion V Exclusion for SEND pupils
Presenter: Ellen Wilkinson
This workshop will include a brief overview of Ellen’s role in the LA, followed by an analysis of the recent work she has been doing around exclusions (fixed term and permanent). The workshop will then address Derby city Behaviour Strategy and analysis of behaviour in terms of categories. The focus will be directed specifically toward the exclusion of pupils with SEND and will include a consideration of reduced timetables, followed by a discussion of relevant support and intervention.
Ellen Wilkinson started with the Local Authority in September 2020 after spending over 17 years at The Bemrose School. Having senior leadership experience in an All-Through school in Derby has given Ellen the opportunity to appreciate the challenges schools face when making decisions regarding excluding vulnerable children and young people. Being a teacher, a Governor and a mum of two children in Derby schools, she is passionate about the journey our Derby children and young people are on and is grateful to be a part of helping them achieve their best outcomes.
Workshop 2 Title: Strategic Distributed SEND Leadership
Presenters: Kate Browning and Geraldene Codina
This workshop will focus on the key features of strategic distributed leadership for SENCOs. Focussing on the SENCO’s strategic direction and vision for SEND in their setting, attention is first directed towards the SENCO’s engagement with the school’s senior leadership team and its governing body. This will then lead into a consideration of the SENCO’s role in relation to the Subject Leaders role; attention will be given to the concepts of children’s access to and participation/achievement in the school’s curriculum offer. The topic of the curriculum will then be discussed in relation to inclusive high-quality first teaching and the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum.
Kate Browning is a well-regarded lead professional both locally and nationally in school improvement for children and young people with SEND. She has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, SENCo, Local Authority School Improvement Officer for SEN and interim Education Development Officer for NASEN, where she supported the delivery of nationwide training on the 0 – 25 SEND Code of Practice with the DfE. She is currently involved in project work on ‘Mastery in maths for children with SEND’. She is an Associate Consultant for NASEN, an expert advisor for The Key and has been a Chair of Governors of a large junior school.
Dr Geraldene Codina is the Programme Leader at the University of Derby for the National Award for SENCOs, and a number of other inclusion focussed Masters degrees. She also supervises six doctoral students. Geraldene Chair’s the Derby City Opportunity Area (OA) SEND Project Management Group and sits on the OA SEND Inclusion committee. Geraldene recently co-edited the book Leading on Inclusion: The role of the SENCO and co-authored the SENCO Induction Pack: Supporting your school as the start of your journey. Prior to working in Higher Education, Geraldene worked as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), senior leader and school teacher in both special and mainstream settings.
Workshop 3 Title: Over the Rainbow: Exploring remote learning and its potential beyond the pandemic
Presenter: Alistair Crawford
The workshop will focus on the challenges, barriers and opportunities working remotely has brought school communities over the last 12 months. We will share learning, silver linings and look to move the conversation forward as to how technology and our newfound skills can turbocharge recovery and reconnection, helping to shape inclusive, accessible and aspirational provision for students with SEND.
Alistair Crawford currently leads St Martin’s and St Andrew’s Teaching Schools in Derby. Prior to this, he worked in a range of specialist schools across the East Midlands as a teacher and senior leader. As an experienced Specialist Leader of Education and School / Multi-Academy Trust reviewer Alistair has supported many schools and colleagues to develop their SEND provision and improve outcomes for young people with additional needs. A big passion for Alistair is raising aspiration for the amazing young people we work with, and he is currently working with a range of national partners to support pathways to employment and participation in elite sports. More recently, Alistair has joined the regional team for Whole School SEND (North & EMSYH) and has taken on the role of Specialist lead for Oak National Academy.
Workshop 4 Title: Leading on Behaviour Support
Presenters: Lia Copestake and Amanda Fower
The aim of the workshop is to reiterate the role that the SENCO has in supporting and challenging all staff to better understand behaviour and its function. The SENCO must be the advocate for the pupil whilst also supporting staff to understand what challenging behaviour might indicate:
o Questions for SENCOs to use with staff to reflect upon concerns with challenging behaviour
o Building positive and meaningful relationships with all pupils
o Consistency of language used around challenging behaviour
o Trauma and shame – how this affects all people (especially pupils)
Lia Copestake is the Headteacher of Primary at Newton’s Walk Primary PRU and leads at Castle Hospital Medical Provision (Kingsmead). She has been teaching for 25 years across primary and secondary with 11 years of leadership experience. As a qualified SENCO, Lia has a genuine interest in Autism, Behaviour and Special Educational Needs.
Amanda Fower is the Deputy Headteacher of Primary (SEND) at Newton’s Walk PRU and Deputy (SEND) at Castle Hospital Medical Provision (Kingsmead). Amanda is a primary school teacher with 15 years of experience as a SENCO; she has a genuine interest in SEND, behaviour, Trauma and Attachment.
Workshop 5 Title: Developing the SEND team: Collaborative working
Presenter: Kim Smith
This workshop will emphasise the SENCO’s role as the advocate for inclusion making SEND everybody’s business. It will identify a link between behaviour and SEND, sharing ideas to develop collaboration. It will demonstrate how working together as a school team can improve the provision for pupils and develop a culture of inclusion. Information on the use of research circles and how these can deepen collaboration between parents and practitioners will also be shared.
Kim Smith is a Vice Principal and SENCO of a large inner-city mainstream school. She has a BA (Hons), PGCE and MA Education (SEN&D). Kim has experience of teaching and leading in both mainstream and special school. In her role as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for SEND, she has delivered training and provided school-to-school support to practitioners in both mainstream and specialist settings. As a doctorate student, Kim is researching the use of research circles to develop an intervention to support sign accuracy of pupils who use Makaton signs.
Workshop 6 Title: Reflections on EHCP Covid Risk Assessment: What features were strong, and what can we develop moving forward?
Presenter: Shaheen Parekh
During the lockdown, there was an expectation (although not a statutory requirement) that schools completed COVID RA for EHCP learners. In Derby, excellent documentation was produced by school SENCOs focusing on the needs of SEND learners during a turbulent time. This workshop will look at the strengths of this type of work and also developmental areas moving forward.
Shaheen Parekh worked in several roles in an all-through school before taking on a city-wide Opportunity Area coordination role focusing on reducing mobility in secondary schools. Her educational roles have involved Inclusion and English. During her time working in schools, Shaheen completed a Master’s in Education (MA Ed), a two-year leadership course with Ambition School Leadership and a level 7 Attachment qualification with Brighton University.
Now, as a member of the Education and Skills team, Shaheen works as the Responsible Officer for ECTs (Early Career Teachers), is supporting SEND Peer Challenges and is coordinating the Derby Holiday and Activity Food programme for the DFE.