Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

From September 2014, the new SEND code of practice has become statutory and brings significant changes to the way schools support pupils with SEND. It places high emphasis on person-centred approaches - different ways of working with parents and pupils. Herts for Learning works with schools to ensure the code is embedded into practice and that outcomes for pupils with SEND improve.

SEND support includes:Eastern Partnership SEND

SEND check‑up – a half‑day school review of SEND systems, policy and practice
The SEND check-up is a light‑touch review that explores the principles in the code of practice and considers how they are reflected through the school systems, policies and practice.

Through the Eastern Partnership, Herts for Learning also offers a range of support services and awards.


aptgoaptGO full‑day facilitated audit and action planning for SEND

To support schools with their development planning, we offer a deep self-evaluation of SEND practice through aptGO, an innovative audit and planning school improvement tool focusing on SEND. On completion of the audit, schools will have a clear picture of their current practice, explored in detail through the Ofsted framework, plus a full report, summarising baseline judgement and the next steps for each area.

SEN Masters Suite

Through the Eastern Partnership, Herts for Learning provides SEN professionals with access to a suite of training programmes. These can be accessed individually or combined to create a Masters in Education and Leadership, or a Masters in Education.

The range of programmes available includes:

National Award for SEN Coordination a mandatory qualification for all new‑to‑role SENCOs in schools and educational settings. Successful completion of the programme ensures SENCOs have the high level of knowledge and skill required to lead on the development of policy and practice for children and young people with special education needs in school.

Advanced SENCO Award further develops the key learning outcomes set for the national SENCO award and expands beyond the core content.

Advanced SENCOs as Leaders Award provides SENCOs with the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership for SEN within schools and across schools.

Programmes are run each year in Hertfordshire, based on demand from SENCOs.

For further information and registration visit:

Or contact us on 01438 845734 or email easternp.send@hertsforlearning.co.uk

What they are saying
First steps to becoming an effective SENCo/INCo
‘I thought the course was one of the best I had ever attended.’
Tools for SENCos
‘A great course - now feel more confident to get started with making changes back at school.’

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Herts for Learning
Phone: 01438 845111

Who we are

Achievement Adviser (SEND)
Achievement Adviser (SEND)


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