“The Whole Education SEND project clearly links with other school priorities and is part of what we are already working on. It’s pulling things together for us.”
Delivered in partnership with David Bartram OBE, Whole Education SEND works with local authority leaders, school leaders and SENCOs to establish self-improving systems for SEND.
Whole Education SEND places collaboration and the mobilisation of local knowledge at the heart of improving SEND provision by embedding an effective model for peer review over the course of three years.
Why Whole Education SEND?
Sustainability and scalability
WE SEND utilises expertise that already exists within local schools. Areas of good practice are identified through an initial self-evaluation and schools with the strongest provision are trained to become coaches, supporting participating schools to improve in identified areas for development.
As relationships are built and a culture of peer review developed, the model becomes increasingly sustainable. SEND leaders that have participated in the project often progress to a coaching role the following year, meaning there is a greater number of local coaches to support schools. The project can therefore be progressively scaled year on year.
SEND leaders have appreciated the increased capacity they have as a result of the work. The simple and specific action plan helps streamline priorities and enables those involved to spend time refining their school’s SEND strategy.
Those involved benefit from high-quality training in self-evaluation, action planning, peer review and coaching. In addition, webinars are delivered throughout the year by national SEND experts on specific focus areas such as maximising the impact of teaching assistants and provision mapping. Previous speakers have included Natalie Packer, Marc Rowland and Gareth Morewood.
Evidence progress over time
Whole Education SEND collects qualitative and quantitative data at each stage of the project so that progress can be accurately tracked over time.
Self-evaluations are carried out online at EvaluateMySchool. After self-evaluating against a series of statements across seven focus areas, school and SEND leaders can immediately identify strengths and areas for development. Scores can be updated at any time so the self-evaluation becomes a working document and not completed then forgotten about. Local authority leaders can easily analyse data across groups of schools, which is also used to inform school groupings and coaches.
Quality assurance is carried out by a national expert, who reviews all action plans and meets with each school individually to review their experience.
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