SEND Forum – Autumn 2021

Welcome to the hidden web page of the autumn 2021 SEND Forum. The aim is to provide all the necessary slideshows, handouts and resources to enable delegates to deliver, share or cascade the information to colleagues back in school; indeed, a number of delegates have successfully done this with our Forum materials. Furthermore, it makes accessing resources and web links much easier, with everything stored in one place. Our copyright terms are that attending delegates are free to use the materials within their own school only. We hope you find this helpful!


Preparation for taking part in the online session

Before you take part in the interactive online session, please ensure you have the following resources prepared.

  • PC or Mac with internet access, speakers, microphone and web cam
  • Printed handout OR e-handout downloaded onto your tablet


  • This hidden web page open on your screen or on a second device (phone/ tablet/ PC/ Mac). You will need access to this hidden page during the session to take part in the activities.

Links to use


Slides and handouts




PowerPoint Slides






At Inclusive Learning North, we are now well underway with our group consultations

If you haven’t discovered it yet, the Oak National Academy now have a specialist provision offer



Reference for Moving Forward with Inspection

Whittaker, N. (2020, January 17th). Ofsted explains its new way of reporting on SEND provision in education. (T. Tirraoro, Editor) Retrieved October 12th, 2021, from Special Needs Jungle

NASEN have produced a helpful mini-guide, Understanding Inclusion, for SENCOs, school leaders (including governors), teachers and support staff. Download the guide

The government’s national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England 2021 – 2026 has now been published.



The Mental Health Continuum and the Incredible 5 Point Scale is a useful model to help staff understand themselves, their pupils, and the people we connect with on a day-to-day basis


My Special Alphabet Book is a story and workbook for developing speech sound awareness for children aged 3+ at risk of dyslexia or language difficulties.



SEND Training


Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning | EEF (

Parents_and_carers_engaging_in_home_learning_-_A_checklist_for_schools (1).pdf (

Supporting_home_learning_routines_-_Planning_the_day.pdf (

Amygdala Hijack – YouTube:

Still Face Experiment: Dr. Edward Tronick:


My SEND issue…





Next Steps in SEND#



Juniper Education Making the impossible possible. (

OFSTED SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps – GOV.UK (

ASK Research Special-schools-during-lockdown.pdf (

Disabled Children’s Partnership research Then-There-Was-Silence-DCP-Report-10-September-2021.pdf (

Preparation for Adulthood Outcomes Tool yeded5wb636481748062535810.pdf (

Wellbeing Measurement Framework for Schools Wellbeing measurement framework for schools | Anna Freud Centre              

Please find below information on how to access the forms via the website links – once the forms are opened in adobe acrobat, they can then be edited:

For information on how to use measurement tools in schools and colleges, please find below a free guide, which covers information about using surveys with large groups of pupils (a cohort) to understand their needs; and information about using questionnaires with individual pupils to understand their specific needs.

For surveying young people in your setting, exploring the Wellbeing Measurement Framework [For Primary Schools / Secondary Schools / Colleges], it is recommended you read this short summary which tells you why and how the Wellbeing Measurement Framework was created and how it can be used in schools –  

It is a free resource, and it is up to the individual school on how to implement the surveys in each setting, including collation and evaluation. Information about the scoring of the different surveys included in the framework are provided, free of charge, by the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC): [select your age phase by filtering by ‘set’]

In collaboration with the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), CORC offers Wellbeing Measurement for Schools, a fully supported approach which includes:

  1. An online survey,
  2. A detailed and informative report including comparisons with other schools
  3. Support from an expert team through written guidance, instructions and templates for every step of the process.

As this is a supported approach, there is a charge associated with it to cover costs. 

Supporting SEND – GOV.UK (



Action Plan



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Coming in the Spring Term 2022

Morning CPD Course:

The Curriculum through a SEND Lens

Principles of planning and delivery for Primary subject leaders and Secondary Heads of Department

Presented by Cole Andrew

Aims of the course

  • To provide delegates with key training to share with their classroom practitioners
  • For curriculum leaders to understand how to evaluate the impact of their subject for pupils and students with SEND
  • Provide practical strategies for applying relevant research around metacognition to designing the content, pedagogy and sequence of learning in subjects

Target audience

Secondary Heads of Subject Departments

Primary Subject Leaders

Specialist Provisions

Curriculum Leaders

Head teachers



Headteacher standards (version 2020) and the Code of Practice (2015) reinforce the legal expectation that all teachers and leaders in schools/colleges share equal responsibility for the leadership of the curriculum for students and pupils with SEND. We have all got our heads around the research underpinning the current OFSTED Inspection Framework (Research and analysis overview: Education inspection framework (2019)).

Rather than practice Deep Dives, let’s get it right for all pupils first time.

How do you evaluate the effectiveness of your subject on learners with barriers to learning?

What is the impact of current perspectives on reading as the key to accessing learning across all subjects, increasing adult life chances and improving curriculum access for pupils with SEND?

This course will provide recommended strategies to apply back in schools/colleges to strengthen subject leadership in the light of the research base around metacognition and building impact on long term memory. It will give you the opportunity to reflect on the application to your setting and to engage in dialogue with other settings.

This course is for anyone with responsibility for subject leadership, design and impact!

Booking details, dates, venues & on-line here


Afternoon SEND Forum:

Myth Busting Sensory Strategies Big and Small

Are you getting the most out of your multisensory rooms and sensory strategies?

Joanna Grace, The Sensory Projects (virtual)

Facilitated by Zena Martin and Cole Andrew


Aims of the course

In this workshop, Joanna Grace, renowned specialist, trainer, researcher, TEDx speaker and author, explores current practice in multi-sensory rooms, improvised spaces and sensory strategies. Together, we will review the research and identify the fundamental principles and latent potential in these approaches. This is an opportunity for those working in specialist settings to reflect on and develop the quality of their sensory provision, and for those working in mainstream settings to establish strong provision for a school population with increasing levels of sensory needs.


Target audience

SENCOs & other leaders of SEND in mainstream schools

Teachers and leaders in specialist schools and settings


Joined virtually by Joanna, Zena and Cole will facilitate this exploratory workshop that challenges some of the myths surrounding sensory strategies.

The Sensory Projects run on the principle that with the right knowledge and a little creativity, inexpensive sensory items can become effective tools for inclusion.

The individual projects that make up The Sensory Projects have won awards and influenced practice nationally and internationally.

This course is for you if …

  • Your pupils use sensory strategies and multi-sensory spaces, but you feel there may be untapped potential in what they have to offer
  • You would like to develop these strategies and spaces and would appreciate some expert guidance
  • You would like to know more about what these strategies have to offer to pupils in your setting

You don’t know what you don’t know about multi-sensory rooms and sensory strategies


Booking details, dates, venues & on-line here



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