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Issue eight: The SEND Practitioner

The SEND Practitioner
Issue eight
Channel Four’s Educating the East End and the SEN landscape
November 2014
A Q&A with Frederick Bremer’s deputy head and SENCO

Editorial

Towards the end of October, my partner and her teaching colleagues were crestfallen when Educating the East End aired its final episode. I hadn’t seen it, but I had been aware of it. I had read heart-warming reviews about the brilliance of this Walthamstow comprehensive school in the national press; and had been told by a producer friend that this is how fly-on-the-wall TV should be made. So, when my director mentioned that he might just be able to wangle an interview with one of the stars of the show, I jumped at the chance.

It was a revelation and a joy to discover that Educating the East End is the most wonderful antidote to reality TV imaginable and a break from the go-getting obsession with ‘self’ that is the mark of much of this genre. In contrast, this series celebrates the vital importance of schools, pupils, and the communities that they serve. From senior management, to school staff; from pupils, to parents; Educating the East End is a singular triumph that champions the nurturing power of a school that really does place the pupil at the heart of everything. To bear witness to the school’s holistic approach and to see the joy that its staff and pupils gleaned from each other was a rare privilege. To see the progress that each pupil made whatever their background, ability, or disability was remarkable.

Against a landscape of ever-present change in education, it is genuinely inspiring to see what a pupil-centred approach really looks like. To speak to Frederick Bremer’s deputy head (Emma Hillman) and SENCO (Francesca Richards) and realise that this has also enabled them to navigate the SEN reforms relatively easily was instructive. I hope that you find this piece illuminating. I also hope that, if you haven’t already seen the series, then you might take a little time over Christmas to sit down and watch an episode or two. Believe me, it’s worth it.

Kind regards,

Edward Farrow
Editor
editor@realgroup.co.uk
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Jane Friswell answers your questions about SEN reform

‘Keep calm and don’t panic. If you’re confident that you’re providing good quality provision for all children in your setting, then the new SEN requirements should not be a great challenge for you. Whatever you do, make sure that you use this year as an opportunity to review and reflect on your good, and maybe not so good, practices. Take stock and remember that you’ve only got this year to do that, so make sure that you do it well.’ Jane Friswell

The seventh issue of The SEND Practitioner published today – over six weeks since the SEN reforms ‘kicked in’. Given such degrees of change, we were delighted when Jane Friswell – CEO of nasen – agreed to speak with us. Jane has been instrumental in setting up nasen’s Gateway with the DfE and has in-depth understanding of the SEN reforms.

If you want to know what you really need to know, then Jane’s responses will enlighten, inform and ground you in the year ahead.

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Issue seven: The SEND Practitioner

The SEND Practitioner
Issue seven
In the wake of September
– the post-SEN reform landscape
October 2014
A Q&A with nasen’s Jane Friswell

Editorial

The SEN reforms ‘kicked in’ over six weeks ago. Since then, teachers and settings across the country have been trying to make sense of the myriad of changes sweeping through education. With this in mind, we held off publishing a September version of The SEND Practitioner. We thought that, given the raft of changes, it might be a trifle premature. Fittingly, during this brief hiatus, we received a number of emails from our readers focusing on a range of queries from the accountability and funding transparency of local authorities, through to questions about the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Given such degrees of change, we were delighted when Jane Friswell – CEO of nasen – agreed to speak to us. Jane has been instrumental in setting up nasen’s Gateway with the DfE and has an in-depth understanding of the SEN reforms. If you want to know what you really need to know, then Jane’s responses will enlighten, inform and ground you in the year ahead.

As ever, 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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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

The SEND Practitioner
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

The SEND Practitioner
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.

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