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SEND in Mainstream for Early Career Teachers and Beyond

  • Online
  • East of England and North East London
  • 02 Mar 2022 (16:00 - 18:00)
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Whole School SEND in partnership with Unity Schools Partnership presents:

SEND in Mainstream for Early Career Teachers and Beyond - “Good teaching for pupils with SEND is good teaching for all”. Vital for Some; Beneficial for All.


This three-part webinar series will support teachers to develop their ability to effectively meet the needs of all SEND learners in your classroom, using the 5 Key Recommendations from the EEF’s SEN Support in Mainstream Schools Guidance Report. The series aims to raise the profile of SEND to ensure it is a key focus of professionals in the early stages of their careers across all settings, making Every Teacher a Teacher of SEND.

This series is aimed at mainstream primary and secondary teachers in the earlier stages of their teaching careers but is open to all school and classroom practitioners. 


Part 1: Thursday 13th January 2022, 16:00-18:00 

Relationships and Knowing Your Learner: Top Tips for Working with Parents and other Professionals

In this session, attendees will hear from and Education Psychologist and parent representative as they share their personal and professional experiences working directly with teachers in mainstream schools. Throughout the session, presenters Dr Andrew Sutcliffe and Jessie Hewitson will discuss top tips on how you can build effective relationships with parents and professionals; what to do and what to avoid, approaching challenging conversations, interpreting professional reports and understanding what that practically means for you in the classroom on a day to day basis.

You can access the slides and recording from part 1 here.

Part 2: Thursday 27th January 2022, 16:00-18:00

Vital for Some; Beneficial for All: Practical High Quality Teaching Strategies to Meet the Needs of all SEND Learners

In this session you will hear from outstanding classroom practitioners and experts as they share real-school, practical tips on how to implement the EEF’s top 5 effective High Quality Teaching strategies in your classroom.

  • Modelling (Cognitive & Meta-Cognitive strategies)
  • Scaffolding
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Explicit Instructions & Language
  • ICT to support learning

Presenters will include Rachel Rossiter from Horringer Court Middle School, Kelly Ashford from Wells Hall Primary School and WSS Regional SEND Lead for the East of England, Michelle Unstead.


Part 3: Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 16:00-18:00 

Effective Classroom Leadership: Working with Teaching Assistants and the Complimentary Use of Interventions

In the final part of the series, hear from Aimee Durning, Director of Inclusion with Unity Schools Partnership, on how you can simply but effectively lead your classroom team to ensure all adults have impact on pupil progress. Gary Aubin, EEF SEND Content Specialist, will also explore what is intervention and what can we do in our classrooms to ensure interventions have an impact on the progress of learners with SEND.


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Suitable for: Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher

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Unity Schools Partnership

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Unity Schools Partnership

Unity Schools Partnership is a family of secondary, primary and special schools located mainly in Suffolk, and also on the Essex and Cambridgeshire borders as well as Romford in East London.

Each school shares the same values and faces similar issues, while providing a close network of support and challenge. We recognise the unique characteristics of each of the communities we work in and how they are reflected in distinctive school cultures.

Unity is committed to a partnership that respects, sustains and supports. We encourage cultural diversity, celebrate the special qualities of each of our schools and recognise that communities must develop and grow to become sustainable.

The central belief of the Partnership is that every young life is special – open to possibility, gifted with the potential to change the world for the better. Our ambition is to unlock the potential of all children, remove the barriers to aspiration and ensure that all our children succeed.

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Kelly Ashford

Kelly Ashford has been Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Lead at Wells Hall Primary in Great Cornard since September 2020. Prior to this, Kelly was Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Manager at Laureate Community Primary School in Newmarket, where she led the effective implementation of the Maximising the Impact/Practice of Teaching Assistants (MITA/MPTA) project. Kelly is passionate about inclusion and believes that it is our moral responsibility to ensure that all pupils access a high-quality curriculum which is tailored to meet their needs.

Aimee Durning

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Aimee Durning MBE

Aimee Durning is currently Director of Inclusion and Community at The University of Cambridge Primary School. 

After several years of working as a parent volunteer, Aimee was employed as a Teaching Assistant in 2007. Aimee’s educational career blossomed when she joined the first University primary school in the country. During 2018, Aimee established the University of Cambridge Primary School’s Teaching Assistant Forum, which provides professional development sessions for Teaching Assistants in the local area. Aimee won Classroom Assistant of the Year 2019 at the annual TES Awards and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 for her work with Teaching Assistants, Reading for Pleasure and children with Special Educational Needs. Aimee, along with Dr James Biddulph, has recently launched the UK’s first Teaching Assistant Network Hub. In her spare time, Aimee is currently studying with the Open University.

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Gary Aubin

Gary joined the EEF on secondment in September 2021. In his Content Specialist role, he aims to support schools to be evidence-informed in their practice for students with SEND. Alongside this, he leads on SEND provision for a Multi Academy Trust in London and Hertfordshire. He is a secondary Drama teacher and former SENDCO and Head of Year.

Gary authors the blog and has recently written The Lone SENDCO, a handbook for SENDCOs.

Andrew Sutcliffe

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Dr Andrew Sutcliffe

Dr Andrew Sutcliffe is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and an accredited Leadership Coach. Having started his career as a teaching assistant and learning disability care worker, Andrew now has more than 25 years of experience working in mainstream schools, day nurseries, 6th forms, specialist provisions, Sure Start centres, charities, social care teams, and school governing bodies.

Andrew currently works independently across North and East London, supporting mainstream schools and specialist provisions with individual inclusion, staff development and whole-school systems. Andrew’s practice is grounded in humanistic, inclusive, and person-centred principles, within the structures of consultation, coaching, supervision, and reflective practice.

Andrew’s special interests are gender diversity, neurodiversity, positive parenting, and emotionally aware leadership.


Jessie Hewitson

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Jessie Hewitson

Jessie is the Deputy Money editor at The Times and The Sunday Times. She is the author of Autism, How to Raise a Happy Autistic Child. Her eldest son is autistic and has recently moved from a mainstream primary to a special secondary school.