SEND Forum – Autumn 2020

Welcome to the hidden web page of the autumn 2020 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 and speakers, microphone and web cam.

Printed handout OR e-handout downloaded onto your tablet:





The following resources printed:


FF Modes In Action

Functional Fluency Golds & Purple



Evaluation Form 





PowerPoint Online version of slides




Easy-read sketch-notes for quick CPD from Impact Wales

You can buy into their service by visiting their website: , or if you are signed up to Twitter you can follow them on @ImpactWales, where you will find many of their sketch notes listed in their tweets.


Putting spoken language in the spotlight

25th November 2020

No Pens Day Wednesday is an annual day of spoken language activities that takes place in schools, colleges and early years settings across the country.

Find out more and start planning your day by downloading their introductory pack at .  For full resources, you can sign up to take part. Resources are also available to support pupils with SEND and those who could go further with spoken language .


COVID – 19 SEND Review Guide from Whole School SEND

The COVID-19 episode has amplified the need for schools and other education settings to reflect on and refine provision in response to changing need and circumstance. To support teachers, SENCOs, other leaders and Governors to undertake this task Whole School SEND have collated review materials from across their materials into this new COVID-19 SEND Review Guide. For each group of stakeholders 10 statements have been pulled out to highlight the key areas pertinent to understanding and delivering effective practice for children with SEND during this pandemic.



National Tutoring Programme Announces Tuition Partners for Disadvantaged Pupils, Including those with SEND and in Alternative Provision

This week has seen the launch of the National Tutoring Programme’s approved Tuition Partners, from which schools can access tutoring subsidised at a rate of 75%. The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) will provide additional support to schools to help disadvantaged pupils whose education has been most affected by school closures. The NTP was developed to support schools in responding to the immediate challenge of school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap. 

Through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) Tuition Partners pillar, participating schools will be able to access high-quality tutoring from an approved list of tutoring providers, who have passed a set of quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards. Tuition Partners might be existing tutoring providers that have experience of working with schools or other organisations, such as charities, local authorities or universities who are able to design a new programme to meet the NTP standards.

The focus of the NTP is on supporting disadvantaged pupils, including those eligible for Pupil Premium funding. A range of tutoring models will be funded, including those that are suitable for pupils with SEND and in Alternative Provision, but it’s down to schools to decide which of their pupils would benefit the most from extra support. Any state primary or secondary school in England is eligible to receive tutoring through Tuition Partners.

Tuition Partners will offer a range of approaches, including online, face-to-face and hybrid models and small-group and one-to-one tuition. Participating schools will be able to decide which Tuition Partner in their area to work with and which of their pupils will benefit the most from additional support.

Schools may be thinking about how to make sure tutoring is effective. The NTP’s best tutoring practice briefing for schools covers how schools should pick pupils for tutoring, linking tutoring to classroom learning and effective feedback.

Updates have also been announced on Academic Mentors and the EEF’s  online tutoring pilot.


Coronavirus guidance: Lorraine Peterson explains what mainstream settings should do to ensure the inclusion of disabled children

Lorraine Peterson OBE, SEND consultant and former CEO of NASEN, explains to readers of Special Needs Jungle what’s missing from the mainstream guidance and why schools need to also read the specialist document to be able to support all the children in their school. It is well worth a read and can be accessed at


The future of Local Area SEND inspections

Ofsted and CQC began inspecting area SEND arrangements in May 2016; they have inspected 117 local areas to date. They plan to return to full area SEND inspections to complete the current cycle as soon as it is right to do so.


An evaluation of the framework for these inspections was published in July and can be found at


You can find a commentary on the future of Local Area SEND inspections from Amanda Spielman HMCI at



This may be the time to audit social and emotional learning

‘Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools’ reviews the best available research to offer school leaders six practical recommendations to support good SEL for all children. It stresses this is especially important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and other vulnerable groups, who, on average, have weaker SEL skills at all ages than their better-off classmates.


Visit for the guidance report and accompanying resources, including an audit tool to generate staff discussion around the issues.

Working with memory to enhance teaching and learning: Dr Niki Kaiser’s blog

Read the full article at



NASEN widens SEND support with free membership for all from January 2021

NASEN, a charity that supports and champions those working with, and for, children and young

people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and learning differences, has announced that NASEN membership will be free for all individuals across the UK from

January 4th 2021.

NASEN’s new free membership will replace the current tiered model, to ensure the organisation’s expertise in SEND is available to every school and setting across the UK.


For further information visit: or follow on Twitter @NASEN_org


PRU Outreach Support for Lancashire Schools

Stepping Stones Outreach Support 2020-21


SEND Training

FF Modes In Action

Functional Fluency Golds & Purple


My SEND issue is…


EEF Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools

EEF Improving Behaviour in Schools

EEF High Quality Teaching for Pupils with SEND

EEF Putting Evidence to Work – A School’s Guide to Implementation

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants


Next Steps in SEND


The benefit of foresight (Deans, 2020)

Adapting teaching practice for remote education

DfE Remote Education Webinars

EEF Best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap

Poster to support blended learning from Impact Wales

Online learning in a pandemic from Impact Wales



Inclusion Forum Spring 2021 Q&A with Nick Whittaker HMI Specialist Adviser SEND

Submit your questions here



Since recording, OFSTED have announced a revision of their plans for 2021.

Maintained schools and academies

From January, OFSTED will resume monitoring inspections of schools judged inadequate at their previous inspection and some schools graded as requires improvement. These will not result in a grade.

Emergency inspections of schools will continue as they have done throughout the pandemic, in response to any serious concerns raised with OFSTED.

Routine inspections, which result in a school being awarded a new grade or being confirmed in its current grade, will resume in the summer term.


OFSTED Education plans from September 2020

OFSTED Interim phase: maintained schools and academies

OFSTED Schools and early education inspection update: October 2020 special edition

OFSTED COVID-19 series: briefing on schools, September 2020

Amanda Spielman HMCI commentary: Our plans for the autumn

Nick Whittaker explains: Ofsted’s new way of reporting on SEND provision in education

Ofsted explains its new way of reporting on SEND provision in education


Action plan


Coming next – Spring Term 2021

Morning CPD Course:
Understanding Anxiety in Children

Afternoon SEND Forum:
Trauma and mental health

Plus….‘My SEND issue is’ …and ‘What’s new in SEND’


Dates/planned venues – 2021

Hull Grange Park Hotel – Tuesdays – 9 Feb – 18 May
Accrington Dunkenhalgh Hotel – Tuesdays – 2 Mar – 8 Jun
Garstang Garstang Golf Club & Hotel – Wednesdays – 3 Mar – 9 Jun
Newby Bridge Newby Bridge Hotel – Tuesdays – 9 Mar – 15 Jun
Penrith North Lakes Hotel – Wednesdays – 10 Mar – 16 Jun
Huddersfield/Halifax Briar Court Hotel – Tuesdays – 23 Feb – 25 May
Formby Formby Hall Hotel – Wednesdays – 17 Mar – 23 Jun
Warrington Village Hotel – Tuesdays – 16 Mar – 22 Jun
Rochdale Norton Grange Hotel – Wednesdays 24 Feb – 26 May
Online – Thursday 18th Mar – summer date tbc

For our Inclusion Forum Essentials dates in St Helens, Wakefield and Cheshire please visit here


Booking Form 2021





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