Early Lessons from the New Inspection Framework (6 Months On)

This is a follow up to the very successful training at the end of the last year (both in June and November) on the new curriculum.  It will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore learning and the practicalities of going through the process for the school and leadership within it.  How can schools show themselves at their best.

This training is delivered by Steve McShane, ex-senior HMI and Ofsted National Lead for SEND, and is ideal for all special school leaders. We are offering the training in two South West venues in March 2020.

Event Date 13-03-2020 10:00 am
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Identifying Outstanding SEND Practice in the Sixth Form

What are the hallmarks of really fantastic provision for our SEND Sixth Form students? What are sector leaders providing for their young people and how does provision in your setting compare? And what’s more important – accreditation, meaningful work experience or the application of skills out in the community? What is recognised as excellent practice in the revised inspection framework?

Join us at this fascinating two hour training session and hear about the strong, the not so strong and the downright wonderful in the world of special needs Sixth Form teaching.

 

 

This training is delivered by Andrew Buckton, special school MAT CEO and serving Ofsted Inspector, and is ideal for all special school leaders and Sixth Form leads. We are offering the training in three South West venues in March 2020 and one further venue in May 2020 (Wiltshire).

Event Date 12-05-2020 9:30 am
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What to Expect from an Ofsted Deep Dive

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the waters of inspection ….. and Ofsted come up with the notion of the ‘deep dive’! Sixth months into the revised inspection framework, how much have we learnt about what’s involved in a deep dive? And how can we best prepare our schools for the depth of scrutiny that lies ahead? How willing will inspectors be to dive into areas of our special school practice that are not English and Maths but that are vital for our pupils?

Join us at this highly focused two hour training session and make sure that your oxygen tank is full and you are ready for the dive!

 

 

This training is delivered by Catherine Leahy. Catherine is a qualified teacher and has worked in schools in London, the South East, South West and East Midlands. Catherine is currently the Quality Assurance Lead for the schools in an Academies Trust in the South West and a trustee for a multi-academy trust in Gloucestershire. Catherine is an Ofsted Inspector with previous experience as a Her Majesty's Inspector and two years as a Senior Her Majesty's Inspector. Prior to joining Ofsted, Catherine held senior management positions in schools, including eight years as a headteacher. She also has particular expertise of working with pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Catherine regularly inspects primary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and independent schools.

Event Date 13-05-2020 9:30 am
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What to Expect from an Ofsted Deep Dive

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the waters of inspection ….. and Ofsted come up with the notion of the ‘deep dive’! Sixth months into the revised inspection framework, how much have we learnt about what’s involved in a deep dive? And how can we best prepare our schools for the depth of scrutiny that lies ahead? How willing will inspectors be to dive into areas of our special school practice that are not English and Maths but that are vital for our pupils?

Join us at this highly focused two hour training session and make sure that your oxygen tank is full and you are ready for the dive!

 

 

This training is delivered by Catherine Leahy. Catherine is a qualified teacher and has worked in schools in London, the South East, South West and East Midlands. Catherine is currently the Quality Assurance Lead for the schools in an Academies Trust in the South West and a trustee for a multi-academy trust in Gloucestershire. Catherine is an Ofsted Inspector with previous experience as a Her Majesty's Inspector and two years as a Senior Her Majesty's Inspector. Prior to joining Ofsted, Catherine held senior management positions in schools, including eight years as a headteacher. She also has particular expertise of working with pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Catherine regularly inspects primary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and independent schools.

Event Date 15-05-2020 9:30 am
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SWALSS Governors and Trustees Conference 15/16 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020 (Day 1)

13:00-13:45          Arrive for Lunch

13:45– 14:00        Welcome and Housekeeping—Bruce Bonwell, SWALSS Governors Committee

14:00 - 15:30        Julia Steward—Independent Governance Consultant

Resilience and School Leadership

How do we hold on to compassionate accountability when the going gets tough?

Wellbeing and teachers’ workload are now high on the public agenda. Ofsted charges leaders with

being ‘realistic and constructive in the way that they manage staff, including their workload’.  In paying attention to others’ workload and wellbeing, it’s all too easy for headteachers to forget their own. Governors have a duty of care towards headteachers. How do they manage the balance    between showing understanding and compassion to an overworked headteacher and ensuring the     demands of public accountability are met?

Calling on her experience as a governor and a leadership development facilitator and coach, Julia  will share some thoughts on how governors can support headteachers to sustain resilience and contribute to a culture which supports wellbeing for all.

15:30—16:00 Tea/Coffee Break and Room Registration

16:00- 17:00 Steve Shepherd - Online Safety Officer, South West Grid for Learning

Keeping Our Schools Safe from Online Threats

How do we educate children, young people and ourselves about the delicate and complex world of the internet and the threat of online harm?

This presentation will look at some of the latest issues facing schools including sexting, infrastructure, filtering and monitoring. We will also consider our pupils’ social and emotional learning with regards to online safety. We will be introduced to some of the resources available to schools to help protect both the school and pupils, as well as considering some new tools available for social and emotional learning that can help with online safety, bullying and other impacts on students.

17:00 End of Day. An opportunity for reflection and networking.

19:00 Wine Reception in the Compass Bar, followed by Dinner

Raffle for The Children’s Hospice SW

And finally …. use up the remains of your brain cells in our fun, interactive After Dinner Quiz!


Saturday 16 May 2020 (Day 2)

09:00-09:05          Welcome Back and Housekeeping

09:05-10:00          Jackie Eason - Governance Lead, Teaching School Council SW

                                 Conducting a Review of Governance

We’ve all heard of them …. but what exactly is a Review of Governance? What’s involved, who    conducts them and do we only have to have one when Ofsted tells us we must?  Can there be     positive reasons for calling in a review and what are we likely to learn from having done so?

With wide experience of reviewing the work of school governing bodies, Jackie will give us the      benefit of her experience of reviewing governing bodies and share with us examples of best        practice. She will focus particularly on effective strategies for both supporting and holding school leaders to account.

 

10:00-10:30 Tea/Coffee (check out of rooms)

10:30-11:30     Tina Emery - SW Representative and Co-Chair of the National Parent Carers Forums

Refreshing the Code of Practice and the SEND Review

Tina will bring us up to speed on recent changes to the Code of Practice and report on progress in the DfE’s review of SEND provision, announced in September 2019. Coming as it did with a frank admission that the 2014 SEND Reforms had ‘faced difficulties’, what steps are being taken to        improve systems and outcomes for children and families?  And what will striking ‘the right balance of state-funded provision across inclusive mainstream and specialist places" look like in practice?

 

11:30-12:30 Deirdre Fitzpatrick - Independent Consultant and Ofsted Inspector

Early Lessons from the Revised Ofsted Framework

Deirdre will share her experience of the first few months of the new inspection framework, with a particular emphasis on the implications for governors and trustees. What’s changed from last time? Does the sharpened focus on curriculum suit the special school offer? What does a close look at reading in a school for children with SPMLD entail? And what exactly is a ‘deep dive?

 

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:45 The Four Corners: Facilitated Discussion Groups

Enjoy the opportunity to share experiences with other governors in this very popular conference session. What have you been doing recently as a governing body that others could learn from? And what are the questions you could use some support with from your fellow delegates? Subjects for discussion will include Recruitment, Workload, Inspection and Monitoring.

 

14:45-15:15 Tea/Coffee

 

15:15-16:15 Mollie Hughes - Mountaineer and Adventurer

In January of this year Mollie achieved her goal of becoming the youngest woman in the world to ski solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole - a distance of 702 miles! Along the way, she spent 650 hours skiing alone and battling through whiteouts, storm-force winds and temperatures hitting minus 45C. What on earth makes her do it?  And are there any lessons for young people with special educational needs and disabilities?

 

16:15 Close of Conference - Bruce Bonwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 16 May 2020 (Day 2)

09:00-09:05          Welcome Back and Housekeeping

09:05-10:00          Jackie Eason - Governance Lead, Teaching School Council SW

                                 Conducting a Review of Governance

We’ve all heard of them …. but what exactly is a Review of Governance? What’s involved, who    conducts them and do we only have to have one when Ofsted tells us we must?  Can there be     positive reasons for calling in a review and what are we likely to learn from having done so?

With wide experience of reviewing the work of school governing bodies, Jackie will give us the      benefit of her experience of reviewing governing bodies and share with us examples of best        practice. She will focus particularly on effective strategies for both supporting and holding school leaders to account.

 

10:00-10:30 Tea/Coffee (check out of rooms)

10:30-11:30     Tina Emery - SW Representative and Co-Chair of the National Parent Carers Forums

Refreshing the Code of Practice and the SEND Review

Tina will bring us up to speed on recent changes to the Code of Practice and report on progress in the DfE’s review of SEND provision, announced in September 2019. Coming as it did with a frank admission that the 2014 SEND Reforms had ‘faced difficulties’, what steps are being taken to        improve systems and outcomes for children and families?  And what will striking ‘the right balance of state-funded provision across inclusive mainstream and specialist places" look like in practice?

 

11:30-12:30 Deirdre Fitzpatrick - Independent Consultant and Ofsted Inspector

Early Lessons from the Revised Ofsted Framework

Deirdre will share her experience of the first few months of the new inspection framework, with a particular emphasis on the implications for governors and trustees. What’s changed from last time? Does the sharpened focus on curriculum suit the special school offer? What does a close look at reading in a school for children with SPMLD entail? And what exactly is a ‘deep dive?

 

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:45 The Four Corners: Facilitated Discussion Groups

Enjoy the opportunity to share experiences with other governors in this very popular conference session. What have you been doing recently as a governing body that others could learn from? And what are the questions you could use some support with from your fellow delegates? Subjects for discussion will include Recruitment, Workload, Inspection and Monitoring.

 

14:45-15:15 Tea/Coffee

 

15:15-16:15 Mollie Hughes - Mountaineer and Adventurer

In January of this year Mollie achieved her goal of becoming the youngest woman in the world to ski solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole - a distance of 702 miles! Along the way, she spent 650 hours skiing alone and battling through whiteouts, storm-force winds and temperatures hitting minus 45C. What on earth makes her do it?  And are there any lessons for young people with special educational needs and disabilities?

 

16:15 Close of Conference - Bruce Bonwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Date 15-05-2020 1:00 pm
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‘Behaviour is communication’, we are told.  Are you able to see it that way?  If you can, can you de-code what is being said?

 

The important training will support you to understand:

  • What a child or young person is communicating through their behaviour
  • The emotional impact on staff of working with children who display challenging behaviours
  • How to reduce anxiety, prevent and de-escalate challenging behaviour
  • How to feel confident in working with behaviour which challenges

 

The training is delivered by experienced staff from The Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire, an Outstanding Special School and Children’s home providing specialist therapeutic care, treatment and education for traumatised children aged 5-13 and their families from across England and Wales.  It is designed for anyone working with children, young people and their parents/carers.

 

This is a series of the first of three related training days delivered for SWALSS by The Mulberry Bush:

 

  1.  Making Sense of Behaviour           Tuesday 2 June        09:30-15:30
  2.  Attachment Informed Practice       Tuesday 14 July       09:30-15:30
  3.  Emotion Coaching                       Friday 9 October      09:30-15:30

 

Venue for all three days :  Training Centre, Fiveways School, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5AZ

 

Refreshments and Lunch will be provided on each day.

 

Cost £85 for SWALSS members and £100 for non-members.  Book all 3 days for £225/275.

 

Booking:  Complete the booking form attached and send to Issy Johnson, Finance and Events Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Date 02-06-2020 9:30 am
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Identifying Outstanding SEND Practice in the Early Years

What does outstanding provision for pupils with SEND in the Early Years look like?  What would an experienced Ofsted Inspector with years of specialism in Early Years practice and Primary School Headship identify as great provision at this crucial stage of a child’s schooling?  What does it look like in the best Special Schools and the strongest mainstream providers?  Are there any implications for Early years practice from the revised Ofsted Framework?

 

This training is delivered by Mark Lindfield, ex senior HMI/EYFS Lead and Primary School Headteacher, and is ideal for all Special School Leaders and Early Years Leads in both mainstream and Special Schools.

Event Date 02-06-2020 9:30 am

What does outstanding provision for pupils with SEND in the Early Years look like?  What would an experienced Ofsted Inspector with years of specialism in Early Years practice and Primary School Headship identify as great provision at this crucial stage of a child’s schooling?  What does it look like in the best Special Schools and the strongest mainstream providers?  Are there any implications for Early years practice from the revised Ofsted Framework?

 

This training is delivered by Mark Lindfield, ex senior HMI/EYFS Lead and Primary School Headteacher, and is ideal for all Special School Leaders and Early Years Leads in both mainstream and Special Schools.

Event Date 03-06-2020 9:30 am
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