Lancashire and West Yorkshire

In LWY SEND Leaders are currently working with LAs, Opportunity Areas, MATs, Dioceses and schools to develop solutions to enhance SEND related school improvement and workforce development. 

We are committed to improving the quantity and quality of trained SEND Reviewers. We have a developed network of specialist Teaching Schools and SEND Reviewers and are continually enhancing this talent pool. We are developing locality specific ‘provision maps’ for SEND CPLD to close gaps in workforce development and encouraging all schools to sign up to the Community of Practice.

We recognise the importance of engaging with children and families to support school improvement. We will collect and collate examples of Best Practice relating to SEND regional issues and share these cross-regionally. We are also sharing excellence in SEND ITT by contributing to research projects.

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Local authorities in this region

Blackburn and Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Bury, Calderdale, Halton, Kirklees  Knowsley, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St. Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wakefield, Warrington, Wigan, Wirral.

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Contact us

Your Regional SEND Lead is Angela Holdsworth:

Your Deputy Regional SEND Leads are:

Helen Howe:

Nicole Dempsey​:

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Angela Holdsworth

Regional SEND Leader for Lancashire and West Yorkshire region. 

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Nicole Dempsey

Deputy Regional Lead for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. 

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Helen Howe

Deputy Regional Lead for Lancashire and West Yorkshire.