SEN Colleagues

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Barnardoes BASE Project - Training Brochure 2017-2018

Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Newsletter - winter 2017

Bereavement & Grief Training

How to support children with difficult times

National Association for Special Educational Needs Launches FREE Online Training

Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0-25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice-led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.

The modules explore: high quality practice and what this means for SEND; the participation and engagement both of children or young people and of their parents and families; identifying needs and the role of assessment; the process for arriving at meaningful outcomes; meeting needs and how the cycle of assess, plan, do, review can be used to best effect. Focus on SEND training offers both online content and opportunities to carry out practical activities in your own setting.

For more information please visit:

Dr Margot Sunderland:

Making a difference to children’s lives: What every professional needs to know (latest brain science and psychological research) Presentation notes

Margot Sunderland (yeovil-handout-margot-sunderland.pdf)

Key relational needs Margot (4-key-relational-needs-copy-margot-sunderland.pdf)

Luke Rodgers - Foster Focus

Keynote Presentation from SEMH Conference on 22nd February 2016

Follow the link to see the full keynote presentation provided by award winning social entrepreneur Luke Rodgers, Founder of Foster Focus:

Special Schools' Voice

SSV (Special Schools’ Voice) brings together existing associations/groupings of Special schools, and seeks to articulate the views of schools, of their staff and of the children who populate them.  It intends to inform and support Government organisations by giving them a special school perspective.  Historically those working and leading Special schools have reported their frustration at being an ‘afterthought’ in terms of educational policy.   In essence SSV strives to connect schools with policy makers.

Government agencies have been keen to engage. SSV need schools to express their views so that ‘grass root’ issues are addressed.  SSV wants to adopt a positive solution focused approach telling Government agencies about the ways schools have found ways to address the issues they have faced.

The SSV website is an important way for you to have your say.  The site structures  a numbers of Blogs.  Issues will be extracted, each time SSV meets with the ministers, the DfE, OFSTED, or the NCTL, so that the issues that are peculiar to special schools can be highlighted.

These Special School related conversations include:

  • 16-25

  • Life without levels

  • Pupil Premium

  • Funding


Most recently SSV has been consulted by the DfE on the application of the new notion of ‘Coasting schools’ to Special schools.

Please follow the links and engage with the conversations.

360 safe

Online safety and schools

Free online e-safety self-review tool:

A safe environment is a basic right and a responsibility that we all share, not only within the physical world, but increasingly within the online world where many children, young people and adults work and play. Online technologies have allowed school boundaries to stretch way beyond the school gate whilst we know this offers huge potential for new teaching and learning experiences, it brings with it a different set of responsibilities and issues that are often hard to understand, track and manage.

Over the last few years, schools have increasingly been on the 'front line of being online': managing the fallout from online disputes; tackling cyberbullying; managing the right response to inappropriate and illegal content; dealing with threats to the safety of their staff and students and maintaining their safeguarding obligations.

Following the report of the Byron review in 2008, Ofsted was asked to evaluate the extent to which schools teach pupils to adopt safe and responsible practices in using new technologies. Their 2010 report "The safe use of new technologies" assessed this provision along with e-safety training.

The 2013 Ofsted guidance on "Inspecting E-Safety in Schools" highlighted the features that are common in schools where e-safety provision is good or outstanding. Using 360 degree safe allows you to judge your school against these good and outstanding features.

Research Paper

The new special educational needs (SEN) legislation in England and implications for services for children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Brahm Norwich & Andrew Eaton; (2015); Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.

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