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This course is suitable for

New and aspiring SENCos/INCos, members of SLT, SENCo line managers and SEND governors from mainstream schools

Course locations and dates

Click the appropriate location and date below to book your place

Please note:

London courses are normally located within the City.

Courses in other locations will be easily accessible from major roads.

London - 30 November 2017

Birmingham - 26 January 2018

London - 8 June 2018

Course fees

Members - £225

Non-Members - £300

Strategic leadership of SEND

Course description

The introduction of the SEND code of practice 2015 brought with it a much more strategic role for the person co-ordinating SEND provision in school.  If the SENCo is not on SLT then they will certainly be a middle leader.  This course will set out the roles and responsibilities of the manager of SEND in a school and offer support and advice to enable them to carry out their role in an effective strategic way.

There is less than one year remaining before the SEND reforms must be fully implemented.  This is putting a great deal of pressure on both schools and local authorities, and SENCos have to manage a greater workload to ensure the school is legal and compliant.  At the same time schools are experiencing budgetary constraints, an increase in the number of pupils with complex SEND and a workforce that has not been trained to meet their needs.  Delegates will have an opportunity to discuss the current educational climate in light of support for pupils with SEND and gain further knowledge and skills to manage some of these challenges back in school. 

Course facilitator

Lorraine Petersen OBE


Start: 0900 for 0915

Finish: 1600

Aims of this course

  • a deeper understanding of SEND legislation including the Children and Families Act, the Equality Act, and the SEND code of practice
  • an increased awareness if the role and responsibilities of the SENCo and the duties on mainstream schools to provide education for children with SEND
  • increased knowledge and skills to manage SEND in your school in a strategic and effective way

Objectives of this course

  • to offer an overview of the strategic leadership of SEND
  • to examine the different roles and responsibilities of SEND managers and those of the local authority
  • to review the school workforce and their effective deployment in supporting pupils with SEND
  • to consider the next steps for the management of SEND in schools
  • to offer professional dialogue relating to the role of the SENCo