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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.

Read the seventh issue of The SEND Practitioner.

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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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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.

Read the fifth issue of The SEND Practitioner.

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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.

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