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Ensuring accurate identification of SEN in school and college settings

  • Online
  • 22 Sep 2022 (16:00 - 17:30)

This webinar supports you in developing effective systems and processes to enable the early and accurate identification of SEN in your setting.  

It offers strategies to enable you to use national SEND data to support identification systems in your own settings, and includes discussion on how the pandemic has impacted on the development of CYP, and consequently the identification of SEN in education settings.

This session supports both experienced and new SENCOs and others with this important aspect of the role, which is particularly challenging at the current time.


  1. To understand the key trends in identification on SEN in England
  2. To be able to ensure accurate identification of SEN in your setting
  3. To reflect on the impact of COVID / lockdown on cyp when identifying SEN in settings.

Desired Outcomes:

SENCOs and other members of staff will be better equipped to accurately identify SEN in their settings and report appropriately for the January census.

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This activity has been funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is available free on the condition that the participant agrees to complete a short evaluation form at the end of the activity and complete an online post-evaluation impact form that will be emailed to the participant approximately 3 months after the event.

Evaluation provided will help the Universal Services programme and DfE to understand how the learning, knowledge and skills acquired through this activity has benefited the participant, and where relevant has been implemented within their setting.

Feedback will also enable us to consider future improvements, updates or potential redesign of this activity to help refine and improve our offer to the sector and enhance the learning experience of future participants. 

Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Governor, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher

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Meet your trainer

Amanda Wright

Amanda has worked in education for over 20 years, with the latter half of her career dedicated to SEND. Having developed practice both as a SENCO and senior leader in mainstream primary settings and at local authority level she is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. She has supported a large number of schools to reflect on and refine their practice and provision for learners with SEND through CPD, SEND Review and by mentoring new SENCOs.

Amanda joined Whole School SEND in 2018 as deputy regional SEND lead for the West Midlands. Over the last year she has taken on the role of National Coordinator and now Deputy Head of Whole School SEND.  

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Meet your trainer

Clare Belli

Clare is Head of Southampton Inclusion Partnership and Outreach Service, based at Springwell Special School in Southampton. She has been a senior leader and teacher across a range of mainstream and special schools, as well as pupil referral units. She holds an MSc in Specific Learning Difficulties from the University of Southampton and an MA in Special Needs and Inclusion from the University of Winchester. Clare established the Outreach Service in her current role, which supports pupils with SEND and behavioural needs across primary and secondary schools and was rated as a strength of the city’s provision by the local area SEND inspection in 2017. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education specialising in SEND and Behaviour and works for HISP Teaching School Hub as their SEND Lead. 

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Meet your trainer

Emily Walker

Emily has worked in education for 23 years, having taught in a mixture of mainstream primary and special secondary schools in various locations and roles, from teacher through to senior leader.  She strongly believes that all children deserve the best possible chance to succeed in life and is passionate about supporting teachers and leaders in making this happen.

For the latter half of Emily’s career, she has focused on working with learners with Special Educational Needs.  Initially as an Assistant Headteacher within a special secondary school and then for the last 3 years as the Director of a Teaching School specialising in SEND.
Within these roles Emily has held responsibilities across a broad spectrum of activities, from curriculum development to the management and development of NQT’s/ITT’s.  Her ability to analyse and interpret data lead to a secondment to develop and roll out a “data dashboard” for use across a multi-academy trust, bringing together all facets of school life into an easily understood summary.

Emily now runs LEARN, a Teaching School in Lincolnshire that specialises in SEND.  Actively involved with the Local Authority and the Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT), Emily supports the alignment of the SEND training provision and requirement across the areas active projects to raise the profile of SEND throughout the offer.