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.

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WSS - Regional SEND Teams

Find your Whole School SEND region and connect with your team of Regional SEND Leaders. 

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Contact us

Follow Whole School SEND on twitter: @WholeSchoolSEND

Contact the Whole School SEND team by email: info@wholeschoolsend.com

Write to us: Whole School SEND, The Sandbox Workspace, 37 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB

Our values

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.

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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.

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Consortium expertise

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.

Confidence through competence

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.

The latest from Whole School SEND

National Sensory Impairment Partnership

NatSIP resources

  • General
  • 09 May 2022
Free
Consortium Partner resource

Free resources on supporting candidates with sensory impairment from NatSIP

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SEND Development Pathways for the School Workforce: Guidance Document including self-study materials

  • General
  • 31 Mar 2022
Free
Pathways Guidance Document

This is a ‘How to Guide’ to support both Pathway participants (school workforce), and their line managers, in using the SEND Development Pathways resources to support ongoing continuing professional development.

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SEND Development Pathways interactive PowerPoint

  • General
  • 31 Mar 2022
Free
Pathways interactive Powerpoint

The SEND Development Pathways are largely based around free-to-access CPD resources (including those produced by Whole School SEND (WSS), consortium partners and other organisations).

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SEND Development Pathways for the School Workforce: Talking Head

  • General
  • 31 Mar 2022
Free
Pathways interactive Powerpoint

This is a Talking Head video with Andy O'Brien, an Assistant Headteacher at Tor View School. In this video, Andy describes his career pathway from Specialist Teaching Assistant to Specialist Middle Leader.

SEND Development Pathways for the School Workforce: Reflective eLearning Journal

  • General
  • 31 Mar 2022
Free
Pathways Guidance Document

The Reflective eLearning Journal is intended to support participants, and their line managers in the discipline of self-study.

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School improvement for SEND: Learning Cycle Template

  • General
  • 31 Mar 2022
Free
School improvement for SEND

A diagram to use when identifying, implementing, and evaluating a school improvement project.

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Webinar: Introduction to the SEND Development Pathways

  • Webcasts
  • 15 Mar 2022
Free
WSS past event
Pathways Webinar

This webinar walks you through a new resource produced by Whole School SEND and Sea View Trust: the SEND Development Pathways.

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Webinar: Supporting Learners with Low-Incidence SEND

  • Webcasts
  • 10 Mar 2022
Free
WSS past event

This session looks at how practitioners can support children and young people with Sensory Impairment or Physical Disability through the use of assistive technology to ensure all learners are able to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Webinar: Using the Engagement Model in Mainstream

  • Webcasts
  • 17 Feb 2022
Free
WSS past event

This session focuses on the Engagement Model. The session provides an introduction to or reinforcement of the principles behind the model and looks at how it is implemented in a mainstream setting.

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Webinar: Perfecting Preparation for Adulthood

  • Webcasts
  • 11 Feb 2022
Free
WSS past event

This series aims to demystify the Preparation for Adulthood agenda, making it accessible to classroom teachers and school leaders in all school types and phases.

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Webinar: Leading CPD for Inclusive SEND Provision

  • Webcasts
  • 04 Feb 2022
Free
WSS past event

Funded by the Department for Education, this series of three webinars explores evidence-informed, effective strategies that SENCOs and school leaders can use to build a culture of professional growth.

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Webinar: Sharing Good Practice: Partnership Between Specialist and Mainstream Settings

  • Webcasts
  • 26 Jan 2022
Free
WSS past event

This three-part series explores how partnerships between Specialist and Mainstream settings can be developed and used to benefit both and support all students with SEND.