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Issue seven of The SEND Practitioner will publish in October

We have put The SEND Practitioner on hold for this month. Why, you may ask? We’re waiting for the dust to settle and looking forward to interviewing a big name in SEND this coming October. We’ll keep you posted!

Natalie Packer answers your questions on SEN reform

‘Don’t panic! Remember, 1 September is the start of the process. To that end, schools, local authorities and the DfE are all anticipating at least a three-year transition period. It’s an organic process, so we aren’t expected to do everything at once.’ Natalie Packer

The sixth issue of The SEND Practitioner published today – on the eve of the 1 September SEN reforms. After a long and lovely summer, a September to trump all Septembers is almost here. To that end, we have interviewed author and education expert Natalie Packer and trawled through the past five issues of The SEND Practitioner to bring you a ‘pep talk’ of expert quotes to spur you on into September and beyond.

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Issue six: The SEND Practitioner

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Issue six 
When September comes – a few final words on preparing for SEN reform

August 2014
A Q&A with Natalie Packer  with key quotes from previous contributors

Editorial

The time has come, the holidays are drawing to a close and every town, village and city echoes with the urgent bustle of August’s last hurrah. After a long and lovely summer, September is almost here. And yet, this isn’t just any old September. For many a teacher, parent and pupil, this is a September to trump all other Septembers a September defined by some of the most seismic reforms to education in recent memory.

So, as you linger in the shadows of the ‘back to school’ feeling that always casts shade this time of year, we hope to shed light on what you should do and what you should expect when September comes. To that end, and to allay your fears, we are delighted to feature a Q&A with author and education expert Natalie Packer. Not only that, we have trawled through the past five issues of The SEND Practitioner to bring you a ‘pep talk’ of expert quotes to spur you on into September and beyond.

The new school year is always an exciting and daunting time, but it’s also one that offers real opportunity. We wish you the best of luck for the new academic year and hope that this helps you on your way.

If you have any thoughts, queries, comments or concerns, please do get in touch.

Kind regards,

Edward Farrow
Editor
editor@realgroup.co.uk
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Hundreds of education professionals commence CCET and CPT3A

Over the past academic year, we have provided CCET and CPT3A training pathways for around 550 national and international education professionals. Taking one of three unique routes (online, bespoke or intensive), these candidates are currently navigating the programme and will be eligible to join the British Psychological Society’s (BPS’s) Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) upon completion. This official record of all test users who have been awarded qualifications in educational test use is globally recognised and is applied for by the majority of our graduates. Last year, for example, almost 400 of our CCET/CPT3A alumni joined the BPS Register.

With education facing one of its toughest years of change this September, we look forward to preparing a record number of educationalists to meet that challenge in the coming academic year.

Find out more about CCET and CPT3A.

We pose your questions on SEN reform to Gareth D Morewood

‘There was a real need for change. However, some of the processes supporting the trials and development of the legislation could have been more effective. We can’t go back now but, as SENCOs, we can have a real impact on the future through our practice.’ Gareth D Morewood

The fifth issue of The SEND Practitioner published within days of the new Code’s approval by both Houses on 29 July. With the Act and the new Code coming into force on 1 September, the pressure is on for all SEND practitioners. As before, we asked you to tell us what you wanted to know and Gareth gave us some really practical answers to your questions. This issue has been received well and is a really good port of call for any SEND practitioners who have any questions or doubts about what do and how to prepare as the new academic year draws ever closer.

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Issue five: The SEND Practitioner

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Issue five
A Q&A with Gareth D Morewood – adapting and preparing for SEN reform
July 2014

Editorial

On Tuesday 29 July, at 15.29, with a clarion call to arms, the DfE tweeted that: “our new Code has been given the seal of approval”. One could almost hear the cheers and roars of approval break, like a wave, across the country. Finally, after many weeks of ping ponging between the Houses, this lengthy rally – of which the Commonwealth Games would most probably be proud – had reached its natural conclusion. With the Act and the new Code in place come 1 September, the proof and the pudding will take centre stage in under five weeks.

With that in mind, and with such a short time between now and September, we want to do our best to help SEND professionals prepare. We were therefore delighted when Gareth D Morewood – SENCO, author and all-round SEND guru – agreed to answer your questions. We collated your questions, put them to Gareth and he has really shed light on this complex area.

This is truly a bumper issue. However, with the changes in September being so significant, we wanted to create something that you can refer to in the coming weeks. To that end, and because there is so much useful practical information here, we have created a clickable contents list with abridged questions just below this editorial to help you navigate this tome.

We hope that you find this month’s e-zine particularly useful. If you have any queries, thoughts, comments or concerns, please do get in touch.

Kind regards,

Edward Farrow
Editor
editor@realgroup.co.uk

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The new Code received parliamentary approval today (29 July)

With this in mind, the fifth issue of The SEND Practitioner free-zine will publish 31 July. Gareth D Morewood – practising SENCO and respected author – will give detailed step-by-step guidance and comprehensive answers to 15 key questions that our practising SEND professionals want to know.

With only five weeks to go until the new term, it’s an issue that SEND practitioners really can’t afford to miss.

The SEND Practitioner is five months old

Edward Farrow

This month, The SEND Practitioner will be five months old. And if you said in response: ‘that’s not old’, well, you’d be absolutely right. It is, however, a milestone that we’re rather pleased to have reached. Why? Because in the deepest darkest depths of winter, when the germ of The SEND Practitioner was being discussed in our London office, we knew one thing – that we wanted to produce a monthly free-zine for SEND practitioners containing informative guidance from some of the best SEND practitioners and experts around.

To date, we think that we’ve done that. Just a few short weeks past the summer solstice – and many months from the winter one – we’ve produced four free-zines packed full of insights from some of the leading SEND experts in their fields. We’ve asked our experts the questions that our SENCOs want to ask and have looked at the prospective SEND reforms from a broad range of perspectives. Not only that, hundreds of SENCOs and SEND professionals have joined our list since we first published The SEND Practitioner – which we like to think is a pretty good ‘thumbs up’.

To mark The SEND Practitioner’s fifth month – equal to the lifespan of the dragonflies that flit around Greenwich Park just a stone’s throw from our London office – we are pleased to include a few choice quotes from the marvellous experts who have graced our pages. Thank you to our SENCOs, to Brian Lamb OBE, Lorraine Petersen OBE, Stephen Kingdom, Steve Huggett, and our loyal band of readers – we couldn’t have produced it without you.

From the author of the influential Lamb Inquiry 2009, to the former director of nasen; from the DfE’s most senior SEN civil servant, to the director of the Autism Education Trust, The SEND Practitioner has featured the voices of a host of SEND luminaries.

I’ve jotted down a few author grab quotes from each of our issues to give you a taste of their thoughts. If you want to find out more, simply click on the link that follows each quote to read the actual issue.

Brian Lamb OBE on preparing for the new Code of Practice (Issue one)

‘The Code of Practice is about a change in culture. It sees children with SEN as the school’s responsibility, delivering a personalised approach that recognises that they might need additional specialist support.’

Read the first issue of The SEND Practitioner.

Lorraine Petersen OBE on the Children and Families Act 2014 (Issue two)

‘It’s a time of great opportunity and yet it’s a long journey that we’ve been on since 2011. It will probably be 2016-2017 before we start to see the fruits of this. However, in the long term, I really do feel that it will be better for our children.’

Read the second issue of The SEND Practitioner.

Stephen Kingdom on SEN reform (Issue three)

‘This isn’t a big bang, a lot has been going on over time to help the teaching profession increase its capacity and capability to support children with SEN.’

Read the third issue of The SEND Practitioner.

Steve Huggett on SEN reform (Issue four)

‘The proof of the pudding will be in the eating. It’s what we do about it – rather than what we say about it – that will be critical.’

Read the fourth issue of The SEND Practitioner.

We’ve got a couple of interesting summer issues lined up – and we’re also arranging discounts to a key SEND reform conference this autumn for all of our readers.

So, if you’ve stumbled across this blog and would like to receive it in your in box every month, you can sign-up here. Or, if you have any comments, queries or suggestions, do get in touch.

We talk to the Autism Education Trust’s Steve Huggett about SEN reform

‘The proof of the pudding will be in the eating. It’s what we do about it – rather than what we say about it – that will be critical.’ Steve Huggett

We published the fourth issue of The SEND Practitioner shortly after the SEND Code of Practice was laid before Parliament on 11 June. We were particularly pleased to feature a Q&A on the prospective SEND reforms with Steve Huggett – director of the Autism Education Trust. Steve answered a broad range of your reform questions. Ultimately, reflecting, that the new legislation has a lot of potential to maintain and develop the principles of good practice.

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Issue four: The SEND Practitioner

 

The SEND Practitioner
Issue four
A Q&A with Steve Huggett – director of the Autism Education Trust
June 2014

 

Editorial

On 11 June, the SEND Code of Practice was finally laid before Parliament – where it will be subject to scrutiny from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. With so much happening in such a short space of time, we thought that it would be a good opportunity to speak to Steve Huggett – the Autism Education Trust’s (AET’s) director. Steve, formerly a principal educational psychologist and teacher, has directed the AET since 2011 and provides some particularly illuminating insights into the SEN reforms and the Code of Practice at a prescient time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this e-zine. I hope that you find it useful and, as ever, would welcome any comments or suggestions that you might have.

Kind regards,

Edward Farrow
Editor
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