SEND Advocates

SEND Advocates is a free personal development programme, part-funded by the Department for Education, to empower participants with the skills to inspire change in SEND provision across the education system.
Sessions will be held across the UK during the winter and spring terms. We are excited to announce that the first session will be held on the 9th of October in London, and will be led by Jon Severs, Commissioning Editor at TES.

Participants will:

  • Attend personal development conferences
  • Develop local SEND Review capacity
  • Represent/speak on behalf of WSS at conferences
  • Write/contribute to at least 2 blogs/reports on behalf of WSS
  • Input into at least one of the WSS 2017/18 development activities e.g. WSS Governance, WSS Commissioning, WSS Assessment

Participants will develop skills in:

  • Writing policy papers and informing policy debate
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Working with civil servants
  • Programme design, particularly in local areas
  • Leading teams of SEND reviewers
  • Working with the media/social media

We have recruited a cohort of 28 individuals based in schools, including at least one from each opportunity area. Recognising the important role that parents and other experts play in shaping the SEND system we have also funded five additional spaces for parents/non school-based leads.

Session 1 (09/10/17)  : 

Our SEND Advocates programme launched this month, bringing together a cohort of 28 practitioners and parents. The day was led by Jon Severs, Commissioning Editor at TES, whose session focused on writing for the sector press, and Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, who spoke about inclusive values in education and invited delegates join the Chartered College network. A blog capturing the learning from Jon's session is here

Session 2 (07/12/17):

The second session of the SEND Advocates programme took place in Sheffield. Delegates heard from Bart Shaw, Associate at LKMco and Igraine Rhodes, Programme Manager at Education Endowment Foundation on research in education. Our SEND Advocates were also joined by representatives from the Department for Education, who spoke to the group about funding bids.