West Midlands

From the densely populated major city of Birmingham, to the rural areas of Shropshire and Herefordshire, the West Midlands is a diverse region.  Through our work so far, it is clear that there is a dedication to improve outcomes for learners with SEND across our region from families, schools, and professionals.   We aim to build on existing effective practice for our population of pupils with SEND so that children experience success in their learning and parental confidence improves.

We aim to do this through Whole School SEND’s vision to grow a ‘Community of Practice’ – a network where knowledge, skills and solutions are shared. This will build from the successful work that already exists within our region – sharing what is working and good news stories. We will identify the gaps and seek to work with local practitioners, our partners and family groups to respond to these areas through training, resources and support.                                                     

We believe that long term relationships are important in this process of improvement for children and young people with SEND. So links with professionals such as SLEs, NLEs and advisory services, through teaching schools, consortiums, academies and Local Authorities are vital to ensure that high quality SEND provision is sustainable and embedded within our schools.

The values of Whole School SEND which are central to the Community of Practice underpin all our work in the West Midlands. Sign up to access free resources and updates on training, research, opportunities to work together.

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Local authorities in this region

Birmingham, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire.

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Contact us

Your Regional SEND Lead is Alison Parr: RSL.WM@wholeschoolsend.com

 Your Deputy Regional Leads are:

Dawn Cranshaw: DRSL.WM@wholeschoolsend.com

Conrad Bourne: DRSL2.WM@wholeschoolsend.com

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Alison Parr

Regional SEND Lead for the West Midlands. 

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Dawn Cranshaw

Deputy Regional Lead for the West Midlands.

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Conrad Bourne

Deputy Regional Leads for the West Midlands.