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Communities of Practice for managers and practitioners

The three Centres for Excellence (CfE) in SEND are each hosting Communities of Practice (CoPs) covering topics within their individual themes (People - Weston College, Curriculum - Derby College Group and Community - City College Norwich). These CoP are open to anyone working in Education and Skills with an interest in improving experiences for learners with an inclusion need (SEN). The focus of the CoPs is to share and identify effective practice and to work collaboratively as a community of professionals to address challenges.

Events

November 

24th November: Providing apprenticeship opportunities for learners with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism from an apprenticeship provider perspective webinar (SEND Employer spokes), 12:00 - 1:00pm. During the webinar, speakers will provide insight into topics such as reasonable adjustments and the supported model of apprenticeship delivery. You will also find out about available funding to support individuals undertaking their apprenticeships.

24th November: Additional SEND needs - Opening up your English curriculum, (webinar), ETF, 15:30-17:30. This session will focus on common barriers for learners with; autism (triad of impairments, psychological processes, barriers in English, inclusive classrooms), speech & language needs (ways to support understanding of vocab, use of writing frames/graphic organisers) dyslexia & dyspraxia (features of dyslexia and dyspraxia, roots to diagnosis, law on Specific Learning Difficulties, strategies for the classroom) and behaviour (classroom management, engagement and expectations, ADHD main characteristics, how English teachers can help).

25th November: Creating strategic intent in your curriculum, (webinar), CfE in SEND (community), 3:30 - 4:30pm. Review your curriculum provision in line with Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework.

30th November: National Grid supported employment, (webinar) (SEND Employer Spokes), 11:00 - 12:30. National Grid launched its Employability Supported Internship Programme in 2013 and has placed over 100 interns in the business. Mark Pickles MBE, Finance Business Programme Director at National Grid will talk about their programme and share tips on how businesses can start their own.

December

1st December: Wellbeing@Weston, (webinar) CfE in SEND (people), 4:00- 5:00pm. By taking a whole organisation approach we collectively work to promote an informed and inclusive culture, that enables our learners and staff to flourish and ensures an appreciation that mental health and wellbeing is central to all we do.

2nd December: Monthly practice share and support sessions in creating inclusive curriculum, (online), CfE in SEND (community), 4:00 - 4:45pm.

6th December: Monthly practice share and support sessions in creating inclusive curriculum  for CSWs and those supporting deaf students and students with hearing loss, (online), CfE in SEND (community), 4:10 - 4:40pm.

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10th December: Share and Shape - the SEND sector (online) CfE in SEND (community), 10:00- 11:00am. In these sessions held monthly, we will look at emerging current themes, share effective approaches and ask ourselves 'how might we' to shape ideas together. 

14th December: Effective inclusive employer support approaches - follow up session (online), 4:00 - 5:00pm. By attending this workshop, we will explore what good employment support looks like and our effective inclusive employer approaches.

January 2022

6th January: Monthly practice share and support sessions in creating inclusive curriculum, (online), CfE in SEND (community), 4:00 - 4:45pm.

10th Janary: Monthly practice share and support sessions in creating inclusive curriculum  for CSWs and those supporting deaf students and students with hearing loss, (online), CfE in SEND (community), 4:10 - 4:40pm

13th January: SEND Curriculum review - personalised study programmes for learners with SEND(webinar), CfE in SEND (community), 4:00 - 4:45pm. Inform self-assessment, develop strategy and intent, and support post-inspection action planning and change mamnagement.

14th January: Share and Shape - the SEND sector (online) CfE in SEND (community), 10:00- 11:00am. In these sessions held monthly, we will look at emerging current themes, share effective approaches and ask ourselves 'how might we' to shape ideas together. 

19th January: Beyond the school gates: Exploring opportunity and aspiration in FE and beyond, 15:45 - 17:00pm. Three part series of webinars focusing on aspiration, provision and opportunities from KS4 through to FE and beyond. The second webinar on 2nd February, Better together: co-creation of aspirational curriculum pathways, and the final one on 23rd February, Pilots not passengers: Liberating learner not family voice. Hosted by the National Associated for Special Educational Needs (nasen). You can book on to a single webinar or attend all three.

25th January: Co-creation with local authorities, parent/carers and learners with SEND, (webinar), CfEin SEND (community), 3:00 - 4:00pmHear from our parent/carer community to understand the key principles of co-creation. We will explore our co-created work and how we are effectively improving our SEND community together.

27th January: Improving your inclusive curriculum: reviewing your provision for learners with SEND, (webinar), CfE in SEND (curriculum) 09:30 - 3:30pmJoin us and Anita Devi, from TeamADL. Anita has developed this provision review process based on a theory of change informed by sound research methodology. You will be provided with materials prior to the session. On completion of six hours of blended learning, you will be a qualified Appreciative Inquirer.

Resources

As part of our Community of Practice offer, we have produced a number of resources and delivered a number of free training sessions. The resources and recordings of webinars can be found below listed by the headings used across the SEND Exhibition website.