Building a SEND community of practice – free SENDCO events

At Whole Education we are proud to be a partner of the Whole School Send (WSS) Consortium: a growing community of more than 4500 schools/settings and providers. Hosted by nasen, with strategic partner UCL Centre for Inclusive Education, the WSS Consortium is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

As a partner organisation we aim to help build local and national communities of practice by providing support and expertise in partnership with Regional WSS Teams.

To help make this happen, we are facilitating a series of events to bring together school SENDCos to share good practice and common issues, unlocking answers that exist in the system and working collaboratively to solve shared challenges. We will also be working with the practitioners that attend these events throughout the year to develop an ongoing network of support- with a mixture of shared resources and virtual networking.

North West SENDCo summit – 27th November 2018

Our first SENDCo Summit will be taking place at Oakfield High School in Wigan on Tuesday 27th November. Oakfield won the nasen ‘excellent practice in a secondary school’ award in 2018. They were praised for a Progress 8 score within the top two percent of special schools and for their excellent destinations data.

The summit is an opportunity for SENDCos in the North West to collaborate, share practical advice and seek support from peers and experts. We encourage colleagues from primary and secondary, mainstream and special schools to attend.


  • Meet and hear from Lidia Cattrell, the WSS Deputy Lead for Lancashire and West Yorkshire (our future summits in other regions will be a similar chance to connect with your regional WSS team)
  • Oakfield High School’s expert, nasen-recognised team will share their experiences and top tips for local SEND leaders.
  • ASDAN will be sharing the findings of their recently published review on the current SEND climate and the implications for SENDCOs. You can read more about the review and download the executive summary here, or read a Q&A with the author here.
  • Share an example of good practice and learn from other SENDCos during a carousel activity
  • Discuss challenges in the system and hear the issues that others are grappling with
  • Connect with peers as we begin to establish a collaborative support network
  • Access to high-quality resources via a free interactive WE community of practice

The Summit is free to attend, even if you are not a member of the Whole Education network, and is open to SENDCos from both special and mainstream schools.

Further SENDCo Summits have also been planned for the following regions:

  • London and the South West (Wednesday 16th January)
  • The Midlands and Central England
  • …and more to be confirmed!

To register your attendance in our NW SENDCO Summit, or interest in future summits in other regions, please complete the booking form at this link.

Find out who your regional WSS leaders are on the Whole Education website.


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