The Big 3

The Big 3 are the aims for Teaching Schools as defined by the National College. All Teaching Schools are required to use these to underpin their development planning. The three categories that make up The Big 3 are:

Use the above links to explore The Big 3…

Initial Teacher Training

At SEND Teaching School we are passionate about improving the SEND knowledge and experience of trainee teachers through their Initial Teacher Training courses either through providing bespoke SEND programmes for SCITT or ITT university courses or through providing extended experiences for candidates across our alliance of special schools in Surrey.

The SEND Teaching School delivers the SEND programme for the school based Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) through Teach Surrey, an alliance of Outstanding Teaching Schools and their associated partner schools for both Primary and Secondary teaching, with the option to specialise in Special Needs. For more information, please see click here

We also provide a SEND programme for the South Farnham SCITT 

We work in partnership with Roehampton University, to provide block school experience for their PGCE and undergraduate students wishing to gain knowledge of special schools, and we lecture on PGCE and BA in Education programmes click here for more information

If you would like to know more about the ITT placements we offer then please contact teachingschool@west-hill.surrey.sch

If you would like to contact us to discuss how we could contribute to your ITT programme, please contact teachingschool@west-hill.surrey.sch.uk

Continuing Professional Development

There are 4 areas of need as set out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014 and they are:

Communication and Interaction

Cognition and Learning

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

We provide training and courses in all of the above areas. Have a look at our calendar of events to see what we offer. Alternatively, if you would like training that we don’t currently offer, please get in touch with us.

School-to-School Support

SEND Teaching School provides School-to-School Support for mainstream schools, mainstream schools with a specialist centre, special schools, academies and independent and non maintained special schools.

The schools that work together in the SEND Teaching School alliance have a proven track record of providing of high quality school-to-school support in a range of ways.

The SEND Teaching School partnership of West Hill School and Linden Bridge School are both designated as National Support Schools and are able to broker specialist expertise in leadership and special educational needs through the Headteachers who are National Leaders of Education (NLEs).

Within the partnership schools and the schools in our alliance of special schools in Surrey, we have experienced Local Leaders of Education (LLEs), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), SEND Leading Practitioners (SEDNLP) and a range of Outreach staff able to support at all levels and all aspects of SEND support. Here are some of our SEND Teaching School Leading Practitioners:

Whether you are looking for short term support or a longer term approach we have a range of specialists to meet your needs and we arrange a package of support that is tailored to suit individual needs. Please contact teachingschool@west-hill.surrey.sch.uk for further details.

If you are a middle or senior leader who has experience delivering SEN support to other schools and you would like to become an SEN Leading Practitioner for our teaching school, you can apply by contacting teachingschool@west-hill.surrey.sch.uk

We also have packages available to buy into levels of School to School support. Our Teaching School package is:

Termly SEND Bytes Newsletter
Our exciting and informative termly teaching school newsletter with written contributions from SEN practitioners. It provides current national updates, information and links and good practice case studies focused on a theme.

Scheduled telephone support
Isolated in your role? Need support making your plans a reality? Want to resolve a problem? An opportunity to raise your SEN issues with an experienced, empathetic SEN colleague, connect and network.

Support and recommendations for individual SEN pupils
Do you need support for an individual child to help them realise their potential? Do staff need strategies, ideas and confidence? We provide outreach visits to observe the child in situ, consult with staff and provide recommendations via discussion and a follow up report.

Whole school / group training
Please see our flyer for our full CPD offer. We can also offer training bespoke to your needs.

Annual SEND Review – a school-led approach to improving provision for all
The SEND Review was developed to empower schools to improve their SEND provision. It is made up of an audit, a review of SEND provision and self-evaluation templates. The review provides guidance and examples of good practice to ensure children and young people with SEND are visible in their school and supported in their learning.

SEND Support Arrangement Guidance
SEND Support Arrangements expect education settings to demonstrate how they are providing special educational needs support for children and young people with SEN who are not in receipt of an EHCP. We can provide support for planning cost effective provision and evidencing impact.

EHCP Application Guidance
We can support schools through the EHCP application process and work with professionals to produce a person centered plan with families, focusing on outcomes for the child or young person.

Annual Review Process Support
We can provide support to help you to manage the legal process of annual reviews for pupils with an EHCP. We will support you to ensure you run effective outcomes focused annual reviews, ensuring voice of the family and the needs of the child remain central.

Alternatively, click here to contact us

 

Early Years

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Schools

If you are an educational professional working in or with an educational setting, SEND Teaching School provides a range of SEND CPD opportunities (courses), School-to-School support with a focus on SEND specific support and a range of programmes to support leadership and succession planning.

If you are looking to collaborate with us we always welcome working with others to improve SEND provision.

Please click on an area that interests you or Contact Us for further information.

The SEND Teaching School is the South East hub for the Autism Education Trust Post 16 training. The areas we cover are

Brighton & Hove

East Sussex

Kent

Medway

Surrey

West Sussex

The Schools programme is a national, face-to-face modular training programme for all professionals working in all school settings. Including the schools autism standards, schools autism competency framework and schools autism progression framework.

The training uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, presentations, practical resources and activities.

Please contact us on courses@sendteachingschool.co.uk for guidance on prices and venues. More information regarding the courses can be found here http://www.aettraininghubs.org.uk/schools/training-hubs/

We also help parents of school aged children by offering the Cygnet training. Barnados Cygnet Programme (age 5-19) – this is a 6 week support programme is designed for parents and carers of children with autism with the additional option of a professional from the child’s school attending. More information can be found here – http://www.sendteachingschool.co.uk/services/family-support/   

Post 16

AETp16logoThe SEND Teaching School is the South East hub for the Autism Education Trust Post 16 training. The areas we cover are

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

East Sussex

Hampshire

Isle of Wight

Kent

Oxfordshire

Surrey

West Sussex

The Post 16 training is a national, face-to-face 3 tier training programme for all professionals working in various post 16 settings for young people above 16 years. Including the post 16 autism standards and post 16 autism competency framework.

The training uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem-solving scenarios, presentations and practical resources and activities.

Post 16 programme Courses

Please contact us on courses@sendteachingschool.co.uk for guidance on prices and venues.

More information regarding the courses can be found here – http://www.aettraininghubs.org.uk/post-16/training-hubs/

Leadership and Succession Planning

SEND Teaching School has developed professional development CPD packages for mainstream schools with a specialist centre in partnership with Surrey CC and Babcock 4S.

We work in partnership with STSN in delivering NPQSL, NPQML and NPQPH professional qualifications. For further information please Contact Us

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SEND Teaching School, alongside our other special school partners, has recognised the need to develop leadership talent and succession planning for leadership in special schools. We have developed a Special School Leadership Programme for schools in Surrey, Kent and Hampshire that aims to provide a school-based leadership internship and leadership coaching with an experienced Headteacher to provide special school senior leaders with a professional experience and dialogue to support their career development.

As we are part of STSN (Surrey Teaching Schools Network), if you are interested in any Leadership Coaching, we would ask you to contact them directly- http://www.sjbfrog.co.uk/index.phtml?d=400906

For further information please Contact Us

Specialist Leaders of Education

SEND Teaching School is a partnership of West Hill and Linden Bridge schools that both have Teaching School status where both Headteachers are NLEs (National Leaders of Education).

We have a SEND School-to-school Support Team that includes our NLEs, SLEs and SEND Lead Practitioners that have experience, expertise, professional qualifications and training that enables them to provide a high standard of SEND specific School-to-School Support.

We are currently seeking to recruit Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to our SEND School-to-School Support team. If you are an experienced middle or senior leader with SEND experience who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you may wish to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE) with SEND Teaching School. Please refer to Specialist Leaders of Education a Guide for Potential Applicants for information about the role. If you are interested in applying to SEND Teaching School to become a SLE, please contact us at teachingschool@west-hill.surrey.sch.uk  for further information and an application form.

SEND Teaching School SLE Recruitment – Summer 2016 Timetable:

  • Application deadline – Friday 29th April 2016
  • Candidate shortlising – Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Interviews – 20th May 2016 @ West Hill School, Leatherhead, Surrey.
Please refer to our School-to-School Support page for more information about our SEND support for schools.

Research and Development

SEND Teaching School, working with our strategic partner, Roehampton University, is identifying and developing action research in our SEND Schools.

We are working towards a shared resource library of exciting and innovative research which will inform special educational needs teaching.

Training & Consultancy for Organisations

Our training courses aim to help you support clients with special needs more effectively. Many employment services work with people with a range of needs and may lack the specialist knowledge to support those individuals effectively. This often leads to frustration and a lack of progress for all parties. Our courses aim to bridge this gap and increase the chances of success.

We offer a range of training courses that commonly, organisations look for training and guidance in the following areas:

 

ASD awareness training – this normally would be AET (Autism Education Trust) Level 1 training

Downs Syndrome awareness training

Visual Impairment awareness training

Adapting your work place facilities to the disabled

 

Training usually takes place at your place of work and our trainers will travel to you.

For more information or an informal chat about your organisation’s needs, please contact our training department here

Family Support

Along with the Local Authority, we run various support groups to parents of children with a SEN requirement.

Some of the courses we run are as follows:

NAS (National Autistic Society) EarlyBird Programme (preschool age) – this is a 10 week course for parents to attend to help receive strategies and advice for any issues which may be arising

Barnados Cygnet Programme (age 5-19) – this is a 6 week support programme is designed for parents and carers of children with autism with the additional option of a professional from the child’s school attending

Fathers ASD Awareness course – course designed for Fathers of children with ASD to provide greater understanding about the support & approaches needed to support the individual with autism and the family

For more information on any of these courses or to register your interest, please email courses@sendteachingschool.co.uk

Click here to visit our parents/carers microsite.

Training Courses

There are 4 areas of need as set out in the SEN Code of Practice and they are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

We provide training and courses in all of the above areas. Have a look at our course calendar to see what we offer. Alternatively, if you would like training that we don’t offer, please get in touch.

About Us

SEND Teaching School is a partnership between the Teaching Schools of  West Hill School and Linden Bridge School  in Surrey, working with an alliance of Surrey Special Schools and short stay schools and in collaboration with  Surrey County Council, Babcock 4S , Kingston University and Roehampton University, in order to deliver SEND specific school-to-school support, CPD, ITT, Leadership Programmes, Succession & Talent Management and Research & Development in line with the Big 6.

SEND Teaching School aims to ensure that children and young people who have SEND achieve the best outcomes, enhanced by the work of the SEND Teaching School, and staff secure excellent SEND practice, skills and knowledge based on leading edge SEND practice through quality SEND support, advice and training. Our alliance of schools work across all phases and sectors of SEND, and together we are committed to improving the school system for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

SEND Teaching School is a hub of information, training and/or support for families, schools, community organisations and businesses who require to help to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

For more information please contact us.


 

 

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