Successive Governments have been keen to raise standards by 'narrowing the gap' between pupils who reach the expected levels at the end of each key stage and those who do not. To this end, Ofsted is focussing on the progress of pupils who are identified as belonging to 'vulnerable groups', such as those who:
have special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D)
are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
are minority ethnic pupils, including Gypsy, Roma or Traveller children, and those for whom English is an additional language (EAL)
are Looked After Children (LAC), or who are themselves young carers
are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils
belong to other groups who are vulnerable in particular schools or settings, either because they are in a minority or because their progress raises concerns
Whilst not all children can be expected to make two or three levels of progress across the key stages, there is a drive to ensure that school leaders are accountable for the progress of all pupils.
The course will cover all these groups, in order to consider what the issues are and how schools can adapt what they do to match the needs of all their pupils. It will also include information about the Children and Families Bill and the Draft SEN Code of Practice, which is due to replace the current version from September 2014. The day will be interspersed with question and answer sessions, as well as small group discussions so that participants can share their experience and expertise, as well as being brought up-to-date.
Delegates may wish to prepare for this course by becoming familiar with the Draft SEN Code of Practice.
Rona Tutt, OBE and Jan Myles
Start: 0900 for 0930