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Leadership conference: SEND and Inclusion

ODST Leadership conferences are always a highlight in each term's calendar, and the Autumn event on 10th November was no exception, bringing both headteachers and SENDCos together for a day focused on Inclusion.

The day included ten different seminar options, each led by senior leaders and SENDCos from across ODST schools:

  • Leading an effective curriculum for children with SEND – Hannah Forder-Ball, Lauren Arbour Menna Milosevic-Powell  and Ian Frost 
  • Working with children with Dyslexia - Amanda Edwards-Day 
  • Making the most of your SENDCo – Rebecca Patchett 
  • SEND specialist base case study - Blossom hub (John Henry Newman/St Christopher's Cowley) - Katie Screaton and James Veness 
  • SEND specialist base case study – The Nest (New Town) - Polly Cornish and Kate Rex 
  • Working therapeutically with children and Boxall profiles - Katrina Haig and Emma Knipe
  • Provision Mapping and making the most of your TA team - Sara Bailey and Grace Challans 
  • How to deliver the tricky ‘section F’ (of an EHCP), & building tracking profiles - Jess Broome and Rachel Weston 
  • Getting the most out of your EP - Laura Riberzani 
  • Building a great culture for SEND – Tim Edwards Grundy 

Ian Frost, deputy CEO, reflected on the conference and next steps:

'As well as some really high-quality inputs from colleagues, there was a really collaborative feeling of learning and getting to know each other. Thank you to all who so generously shared ideas and resources. Feedback has been excellent, and we want to convert the buzz in the room into something long-lasting.'

SEND and inclusion is a priority for the trust as a whole, and next steps include: 

  1. Schools implementing fresh ideas shared at the conference
  2. Spending further time thinking more deeply about the Trust Inclusion strategy, and the Headteachers' Forum in January
  3. Holding a SENDCo Conference on January 29th, looking at our Trust Inclusion strategy, next steps for SEND specialist bases, training support for SENDCos, and support and training for Teaching Assistants.
  4. SENDCos sharing ideas via short videos, so that we can build a resource of good practice to share.