Welcome to Whole School SEND
Whole School SEND is a consortium of charities, schools and organisations. We are committed to helping children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or learning differences reach their full potential.
Hosted by nasen, we deliver the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract and a randomised control trial funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
The latest results and statistics from Whole School SEND:
Our values arose from a consultation exercise that sought views from children and young people, parents, education professionals, consortium partners and other interested stakeholders. This was formed of an online survey, focus groups with children and young people with SEND, and phone conversations with stakeholders.
The values that underpin our work at Whole School SEND are:
We believe that every child is entitled to an education and opportunities that enable them to enjoy, achieve and thrive at school and beyond into adulthood. As well as being enriching and enjoyable for its own sake, education must prepare all children for independent living, fulfilling employment and happy relationships. The children and young people who took part in our consultation exercise stressed that they want their teachers to place their views and wishes at the centre of decision making and to hold high aspirations for them.
We believe that our best solutions are found from a diverse pool. We aim to bring education professionals together from across the broad continuum of provision. We value the contribution of those working in specialist and mainstream settings, be they support staff, teachers, SENCos, or leaders, we equally value and seek the views of parents, carers, and children and young people, as well as other stakeholders with something to contribute to the discussion.
We know that there is much good practice in the education system, but we also accept that SEND provision is not yet good enough everywhere. We want to identify and disseminate good practice and empower education professionals to feel able to develop and refine their approach to SEND provision.
Research and evidence lie at the heart of the work that we do – so that we can be confident that resources are invested effectively, and we can measure the impact of our work. We respect that the experience of every learner is unique and that every education setting has a unique context – we do not believe that one size fits all.
If you want to improve your SEND provision, then our suite of free resources can help you identify your strengths and areas for growth as well as the next steps you can take.
We believe that human connections and relationships are important. We aim to support local networks of education professionals to drive sustainable improvement to SEND provision. Our Regional SEND Leaders are working with existing local networks and influencers to create opportunities to reflect honestly on SEND provision. We create opportunities to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. We believe that we achieve more when we work together, and that collaboration is essential to deliver effective bespoke support to every child.
We believe in innovation and creative approaches to challenges; and in investing our resources wisely to achieve meaningful impact.
We are optimistic about the future of SEND provision, and realistic about the hard work that must be undertaken to achieve the improvements our children and young people deserve.
How we respond to feedback
We are committed to representing as many voices from the SEND community as possible. We value and respect each and every one of our members, and their lived experiences. We readily invite feedback with the aim of strengthening our products and services so we can improve outcomes for the children and young people we serve, and all of our resources are continuously reviewed. As standard, we consult extensively with our steering groups, which are made up of professionals from the sector, as well as children, young people, parents and carers with lived experience of SEND and learning differences.
We also welcome feedback from the wider membership. It is important that we acknowledge that, since every person’s experience is the different from the next, opinions on the best approach can differ across the membership. Sometimes, these differences can be significant. When concerns are raised, we always take time to listen, and where necessary, detailed discussions take place, and the reasons for our decisions can be presented in context.
What We Do
As a Department for Education funded contract, all of our work and resources are free to access. Below is a selection of the work we do and the support we can offer.
WSS Member Community Newsletter
The Whole School SEND Member Community newsletter is designed to give you monthly updates on the work of Whole School SEND, showcase new resources available both from WSS and externally, provide updates from the Department for Education, and opportunities to get involved and contribute to our work.
The e-newsletter is an easy and efficient way to keep up-to-date and you can choose to receive this newsletter by editing your Communication Preferences.
Whole School SEND runs as a consortium with a variety of different organisations, in order to bring you the most relevant and trusted expertise. Our Consortium Partners feed into the work we do, including developing resources and delivering events, and can be the best port of call for specialised information relating to specific conditions, setting types or areas of focus.
Find out more on our Consortium Partners page.
SEND Reviewer Training
SEND Reviewer Training builds on the concepts explored in our SEND Review Guides, giving you the skills to carry out reviews of SEND provision both in your own setting and on a peer-to-peer basis. The process is designed to be supportive, non-judgemental and accessible, to allow every setting to confidently and accurately evaluate their current provision.
A free, online SEND Reviewer Training course is currently available, provided by our Consortium Partners Real Group.