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Exciting and innovative happenings within the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND)!

It has been one year since Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) was created, by moving the regional SEND work from the former Eastern Leadership Centre to set up its new home, within Herts for Learning.

It has been a busy and productive year and much has been achieved, thanks to the hard work and good will of key people within HfL and all the partners across the eastern region.

A quick run-down of important happenings:

The National Award for SEN Coordination programme, which starts each October, is approaching its last teaching day. We are bracing ourselves for the 298 Masters-level assignments showcasing action research projects, which will be submitted in August ready for marking. The Hertfordshire group was again a lively and dynamic gathering of new-to-role and aspiring SENCOs. Seven other groups were run concurrently across the region, providing this brilliant and practice-changing course for SENCOs in “far-away” places such as Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Redbridge.

Registrations are open for the National Award programme for 2017–2018 so make sure that you secure your place in the Hertfordshire group. The great news is that at least two more regional groups will be joining the partnership, bringing the total number of places the Award is taught to an impressive ten.

The Advanced SENCO and SENCOs as Leaders Award programmes can be accessed as stand-alone certificated or accredited courses or as part of the full SEN Masters suite journey. In addition, celebrations happened in December for yet another cohort of SENCOs who successfully gained their MA in Educational Leadership, many of them having started as new-to-role SENCOs intending only to “get through” their National Award as efficiently as they could.

Advanced Skills for TAs level 4 (SEND focus) continues, and several groups of TAs are about to hand in their portfolios ready for assessment via this innovative and practical course. With many schools now reviewing the impact of TA work, there has never been a better time to consider engaging with this programme. There will be a group running in Hertford starting in the autumn term, and details of the training commitment and the expected outcomes can be found on the website (below). aptGO goes from strength to strength, and this unique audit and planning tool continues to be used successfully by many schools in Herfordshire and across the region.

Coming soon!

A new level 4/5 qualification for inclusion leaders is to be piloted in the autumn term, ready for a full roll-out in the spring of 2018.

The amazing Regional SEND Forum is on its way, with a trial currently taking place. This eagerly anticipated website, when fully launched in September, will provide national, regional and local updates, the latest research, a “big ideas” area and a resources section. Most important of all, it will host a discussion platform, which will enable leaders of SEND, including SENCOs, to connect with others across the region, to ask questions, and discuss and debate the things that matter most to them!

If you have any questions about Eastern Partnership UK (SEND), feel free to contact Angela Scott, Regional Lead for SEND at: easternp.send@hertsforlearning.co.uk

By Angela Scott, Regional Lead (SEND)

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