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We’re at London’s Autism Show (16-17 June), ExCeL London

We’re at stand B9 of London’s Autism Show at the end of this week (16–17 June).

This Friday, Dr Sue Sheppard speaks about challenges and opportunities in supporting the needs of students in schools: current issues and research.

Our very own Sue can be found at The Hub: Theatre 2 on Friday 16 June 2017 (12.50–13.10).

In the words of Dr Lorna Wing, Lead Consultant at the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism:

‘Sue combines her extensive psychological knowledge with considerable problem-solving skills to devise unique, creative paths for each individual. Her flexible and pragmatic approach is at the heart of her practice and ensures achievable outcomes in each context.’

Find out more about the Autism Show.

Find out more about Sue.

Issue 19 of The SEND Practitioner published Sunday 21 May

Issue 19 of The SEND Practitioner published on Sunday and features in-depth interviews with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr Sarah Hendrickx about autism and its diagnosis.

In this month’s issue, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen discusses how the social pressure on girls to fit in and conform can mask their autism, making it difficult for teachers and practitioners to identify. Dr Sarah Hendrickx also explores the issue of autistic girls ‘hiding in plain sight’, and what she feels are the advantages and disadvantages of the expansion of specialist support for girls. Dr Wenn Lawson draws on his own experience of gender dysphoria and autism, discusses the links between the two conditions and the ways in which he overcame barriers.

Issue 19 also includes an interview with Ruth Deutsch (educational and child psychologist, and co-author of CAP) about the foundations and history of CAP, and how the course has developed since its inception. We also speak to two CAP users, Dr Yehuda Marshall and Deborah Smith (a specialist teacher), and learn how the use of CAP has impacted on their practice and professional lives.

Read issue 19.

Read previous issues of The SEND Practitioner.

Why the CAP fits! We interview two CAP delegates about the course’s impact on their professional lives

With our upcoming CAP course on the horizon, we were delighted to speak with some of our previous course delegates about how using CAP has benefitted their practice. Dr Yehuda Marshall (consultant clinical psychologist) and Deborah Smith (specialist teacher) discuss cognitive profile analysis, and how the domain structure of CAP has deepened their understanding of a client’s strengths and weaknesses. Head to our People page to read the interviews in their entirety, or find them in the forthcoming issue 19 of The Send Practitioner.

Read the interviews.

Thinking CAP? Find out more about the course.

An update on issue 19 of The SEND Practitioner

By Edward Farrow

Towards the end of March, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr Sarah Hendrickx took part in two key interviews for April’s forthcoming gender and autism issue of The SEND Practitioner, while Dr Wenn Lawson penned an important piece on autism and gender dysphoria. Issue 19 will also feature an overview of Brian Lamb’s recent webinar for our MEd and SEND Programme delegates and an in-depth interview with Ruth Deutsch (co-creator of the Cognitive Abilities Profile).

It will publish towards the end of April.

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The SEND reforms, the new curriculum and the Rochford Review – in issue 18 of The SEND Practitioner

In the most recent issue of The SEND Practitioner, we discuss a range of pressing SEND issues with Edward Timpson MP and Dr Adam Boddison. Brian Lamb OBE also offers his progress analysis on various topics, including education, health and care plans (EHCPs), the local offer, and strategic engagement.

We speak to Edward Timpson MP (the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families) and Dr Adam Boddison (CEO of nasen) about what has been achieved and what has yet to be achieved since the SEND reforms published. They give us their thoughts on the advisory nature of the Rochford Review and how far they think the government will heed its advice. They also answer our readers’ questions on the Code of Practice, early identification, nominal budgets, the new national curriculum, SEND and teacher training courses, and 2017 and beyond.

Brian Lamb OBE is a renowned expert in the development of SEND legislation. His progress analysis focuses on EHCPs, how objectives are being met (such as greater parental confidence) and how local authorities are coping with the new plans. He looks at the DfE survey figures, sets out what they tell us about parental engagement with strategic planning and examines the National Autistic Society’s findings in relation to parental satisfaction when it comes to children’s SEND provision. Brian also considers the SEND reforms and how we can continue to build on the positive changes that have already begun as we move to the next stage of implementation.

Issue 18 also contains some valuable insights from a survey of hundreds of delegates who have successfully completed our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A). We ask them about their experience of our specialist assessor course and feature two interviews with previous CPT3A delegates on the positive impact that it’s had on their careers.

Read issue 18 of The SEND Practitioner.

Our MA with MU: New modules in the pipeline as delegates learn to lead

Two new 30-credit modules are in the pipeline for our jointly developed Leading Inclusive Education MA with Middlesex University (MU). Learning Differences and Communities and Culture will launch in 2017, and will complement the 60-credit Leading Inclusive Practice module that delegates started in October 2016.

These two modules are aimed at teachers who are, or aspire to be, leaders of inclusive practice in educational settings. As such, they will be of interest to senior leaders, inclusion managers, heads of year and pastoral leads, and will build on the core learning that delegates encounter in Leading Inclusive Practice. Each module contains thematic strands, each strand contains learning experiences, and each learning experience is made up of a range of activities.

NB: While both modules are aimed at teachers who work in SEND, Learning Differences may not be appropriate for fully-qualified SENCOs – as they may encounter content that they have previously covered.

Learning Differences

This module will enable delegates to get to grips with a broad range of learning needs – including SEND, EAL, gifted and talented, and pupils with literacy difficulties. It will allow them to focus on needs that are useful to their practice and setting. Delegates will understand how contemporary thought, guidance, legislation and research in this area apply in their setting. They will evaluate, understand and apply their learning, and will think about how best to lead staff to make a difference to children and young people with learning differences.

In the first strand, delegates will understand learning differences and inclusion. The second strand will encourage them to review their provision for a particular area of learning difference. While the third and final strand will enable them to apply their learning to lead change in their setting.

Find out more about Learning Differences.

Communities and Culture

This module will allow delegates to develop their understanding of the impact of culture and community on pupils and their families, and the implications of these for education settings. They will encounter a range of cultures and communities that are relevant to them and will get to grips with vital issues around community, culture, identity and multiculturalism. They will learn about the community-based resources that can support their practice and will think about how best to lead staff and evolve a cohesive approach for a diverse pupil population.

In the first strand, delegates will examine community and culture. In the second strand, they will look at understanding practice. In the third strand, they will be able to apply their learning by developing an action plan for change in their setting.

Find out more about Communities and Culture.

Middlesex University launches MA in Leading Inclusive Education with Real Training

In September of last year, we were delighted to launch a brand-new MA in Leading Inclusive Education, jointly developed by Real Training and Middlesex University.

One of the most significant challenges that education professionals encounter, is the long overdue need for developing and supporting inclusive education practice in order to meet the needs of all learners. To cover this broad and ever-changing subject, our multifaceted course consists of a selection of modules that delegates can choose from. Among these are modules focusing on subjects such as gender and sexuality, communities and culture, and migration and language acquisition.

The MA in Leading Inclusive Education is a distance-learning package that is delivered entirely online. Using our state-of-the-art online learning platform, Campus Online, delegates are able to access the course from anywhere in the world. We’ve combined our extensive knowledge and expertise in delivering online courses with the physical resources of a major London university to produce a truly unique learning experience.

Ron Sergejev is the course leader for the MA in Leading Inclusive Education. Ron’s years of experience in the education sector, have given him great insight into the difficulties caused by the lack of training in inclusive education.

When asked what he believes makes our course unique, Ron had the following to say:

‘The modules that comprise this MA, cater for many professional requirements within education. Whether a student is aiming to become a head of department, or even head teacher, or solely seeks to gain a greater understanding of learning, social, and emotional difficulties, they will find that the course is thorough, and covers a great many aspects of inclusive practice.

‘This course is designed around sound learning principles, is practice-based, and can be done from anywhere in the world. The modules are designed to be part of the whole Masters programme, but they can also stand alone to enable education professionals to upskill in specific areas, without completing a full Masters.’

For more information, or to book a place, visit Middlesex University’s MA in Leading Inclusive Education web page.

Read every issue of The SEND Practitioner in our archive…

Earlier this month, issue 18 published. Our first 2017 issue features Edward Timpson MP, Dr Adam Boddison and Brian Lamb OBE.

In the past 18 issues, we’ve interviewed a host of nationally and internationally respected experts about the essential topics that matter to our readers.

If you’d like to read a particular e-zine, simply click on the blue text below:

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Corrections and clarifications

An article by Brian Lamb OBE in issue 18 of The SEND Practitioner has been amended.

One sentence of Brian Lamb’s piece (‘The SEND reforms: Where are we now?’) was changed and an additional sentence was added as follows.


‘A survey carried out by the parent carer forums found that 84% of parents were fully or largely engaged in the strategic planning and co-production of SEND services…’


‘A DfE survey of local authorities found that 84% of parents were fully or largely engaged in the strategic planning and co-production of SEND services and that 83% of parents were fully or largely engaged in making decisions about their own SEND provision. The DfE survey of parent carer forums found lower satisfaction: 64% felt that parents were fully or largely engaged in strategic planning, while 51% felt that parents were fully or largely engaged in decisions about their children – the latter an improvement on the previous survey.’

Read issue 18 of The SEND Practitioner.

If you have any questions about this amendment, please contact the editor.

The government confirms funding for SEN support

The government has recently announced a new multi-million pound fund to support children and families with SEN.

Edward Timpson announced this news on [Monday] 9 January at the Department for Education. The funding, totalling almost £60million, will be available from April of this year.

The government’s recent SEN support press release

‘The funding announced includes:

  • £15 million for the Independent Supporters programme in 2017 to 2018, run by the Council for Disabled Children, this has been a real driver of change for families navigating the SEND system and improving the experience for them
  • £2.3 million for Parent Carer Forums in 2017 to 2018, who bring parents together and provide a voice to influence local decision-making
  • £1.8 million to Contact a Family, to support individual Parent Carer Forums and their National Network, and to run a national helpline for families

The package also includes funding for councils worth £40 million, which the minister wrote to them about shortly before Christmas. This investment, an increase of £4.2 million from last year (2016 to 2017) will support them to make effective plans for this important final year of the transition to the new SEND system.

Minister Edward Timpson said:

“These reforms are the most significant we’ve made to the support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in a generation and we know that they are making a difference, thanks to the passion and dedication of all those involved.

“As we enter the final year of the transition, I know there are still challenges to overcome, to ensure that the inspiring work going on in many parts of the country is shared with areas where improvements still need to be made.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to confirm this additional funding for councils and for the groups playing such a vital role in supporting children with SEND. All children, no matter the obstacles they face, should have the same opportunities for success as any other.”‘

Editor’s note

Read the government’s press release in full.

In addition to this, our recent interview with Edward Timpson MP appeared in issue 18 of The SEND Practitioner.

Read the latest issue of The SEND Practitioner.

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