Special Educational Needs (SEN)

As a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Centre of Excellence, our main focus is to improve the provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) students through active research and pilots.

Much of this work is led by our large team of Super SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators), SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) and Thrive Approach Practitioners.

We undertake a range of action research projects in all areas of SEND practice and particularly Social, Emotional and Mental health (SEMH). We develop materials for schools to carry out strong self-evaluation and diagnostic reviews and provide materials and training packages for teaching schools to deliver in their localities.

This creates mainstream school settings that are better equipped to meet the needs of more complex SEN students, reducing the need for referrals to Alternative Provision and improving the training, awareness and confidence of staff in dealing with students with SEMH needs.

Overall, this leads to improved outcomes for SEND students as a result of better tailored provision and confidence of staff and will create a network of practitioners sharing best practice and working across the county.


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