SW SEND Conference: 7th November 2019

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Over 150 delegates attended the South West SEND Conference last week at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.  The first of its type, the purpose of the conference was to encourage supportive joint working between special and mainstream schools and to advance our understanding of teaching schools and the ‘school led system’.

The day got off to a superb start with a keynote address from Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation ofSchool Trusts (CST) and a very strong advocate of the teaching school agenda.  Leora challenged all delegates to take full advantage of the opportunities that now exist for schools to take responsibility for their own development and to put aside the tired notion that we must wait to be told by others what is best for our schools.  Leora’s address set the tone perfectly for the suite of workshops that formed the rest of the day’s programme, shaped as they were around the theme of schools sharing expertise and supporting each other.   All eight of the SEND teaching school alliances in the South West and representatives of SWALSS were in attendance throughout the day and were kept very busy explaining to delegates the range of SEND support they can offer to mainstream schools throughout the region.

Evaluations from delegates at the end of the day were universally positive about all aspects of the conference, from the keynote address to the catering and from the workshops to the venue.  The conference was co-ordinated by the Network of Special Teaching School Alliances (NeSTSA) and the South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS) on behalf of the Teaching School Council SW.

You can view presentations from the day here.


Assistant Maths Hub Lead Opportunity

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Please find the Maths Hub’s information about 2 newly funded roles:


Plymouth has been specifically chosen for this role.  There is some good engagement with the Maths Hub Programme in Plymouth but we aim to appoint someone who will be able to help support both schools and other leaders to consider the journey of maths development for schools over a sustained period, enabling the schools to understand and really make the best of the opportunities within the Maths Hub Programme.

For further details please click here or contact Debbie Weible (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


In the summer, the Boolean Maths Hub became the hub solely responsible for working with Somerset schools and academies. Naturally, I am extremely excited about this, as it is a fantastic opportunity for more schools to engage in free high quality CPD through this national professional network.

In order to specifically increase engagement and participation in this flagship initiative in Somerset (particularly across Mendip, Sedgemoor and South Somerset), we have been granted funding for a new Assistant Maths Hub Lead, in this geographical area. 

For further details please click here or contact Lisa Pollard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).