The Summit: blogger feedback
In the weeks since the Whole School SEND Summit in february we have been delighted to feature in a number of blogs looking back at the event, the lessons learned and next steps. Have a look below and continue the conversation on the Summit Group here and by connecting via Twitter and Facebook.
Thanks to: Tania Tirraoro of Special Needs Jungle for her piece looking at what the Summit achieved and reacting to Edward Timpson MP's use of the term 'agitators'.
Hannah Wilson, Headteacher Designate of Aureus School and #WomenEd co-founder, for her detailed account of the keynote addresses and 'Making the invisible visible' panel, as well as aims for the future.
Nancy Gedge parent and consultant teacher for Driver Youth Trust for her reflections on the ups and downs of trying to influence SEND policy in education,
Bethlyn Killey, parent and Executive Member of Educational Rights Alliance, for her examination of the wider context and the need to bring parents and practitioners together more,
Jon Severs of TES for his piece asking how we can harness the emotion felt by many in the sector whilst being inclusive of those who are not as knowledgeable or emotional involved.
and an anonymous parent, and winner of two free tickets to the Summit via Special Needs Jungle, for their piece on the summit from a newcomers perspective.
Finally, a special mention to Donna Chapman who got in touch via the Summit Group.
"Thank you for an inspiring conference. For me - I am sold. I believe in making a difference to all children and driving Inclusion. In terms of aims and objectives moving forward and achieving those better outcomes for learners with SEND - we need more professionals to have the same belief. I think getting out into schools and sharing the inspiring stories and talks would be so beneficial to teaching staff. This not only applies to ITT but staff who are already qualified. Focus on QFT and the responsibility of all staff needs to be communicated and highlighted in order for change to take place.
In terms of practice from SENCos in my local area - we are fighting against the cuts, the new curriculum and the beliefs of others, however every SENCO I have had the privilege to network with are doing a great job. The new code of practice has enabled the SENCO role to be taken more seriously among SLT's and have higher priority in school development. This should be celebrated."
Thank you for your message Donna, we will certainly look at how we can do more to share the great work by SENCos across the UK (and worldwide) and emphasise the benefits this has for young people and their schools.