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SEND LEADERSHIP TRAINING (2 consecutive days for whole-staff teams)

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In Ealing, we are committed to ensuring that SEND is everyone’s responsibility, and that effective leadership skills are developed at all levels within our early years settings.  That is, irrespective of qualification levels or the practitioners’ / leaders’ level of seniority within an early years school or setting.

The progress of our children most vulnerable to delay is the responsibility of all, including key people, all other practitioners, parents, SENCOs, specialist's and early years leaders. 

To contribute to the swift and positive impact we are all seeking for our children with SEND, this academic year, we are striving for every early years setting to participate in 2 days (10 hours) of whole-setting SEND Leadership INSET (ONLINE)

This multi-agency course will provide you with the foundations to build whole-setting support for children with SEND.  The previous 5 part course will continue to be delivered during the spring and summer terms.

Please note:

  • We recognise that whole-setting impact is slower when individuals access training individually (as opposed to via whole-staff teams).

  • The SEND Leadership training can be attended as a stand-alone course or as one of the requirements of the ‘Inspirational Settings Programme’


  • To develop the foundation for a whole-setting approach for effective inclusive SEND practice in the early years.

  • To contribute to the swift and positive impact in all of our early years settings for our children with SEND – that we are all seeking

  • The two consecutive INSET days (end of Summer or beginning of Autumn 2022) will give our children and staff the best possible start for the new academic year

The 5 part course (Spring and Summer 2023) will then continue to be available during the spring and summer terms for those delegates who:

  • join their settings after the autumn term’s whole-setting training has been delivered and / or

  • were unable to attend the autumn term whole-setting training for any reason

This Consecutive Two-Day or Five-Part Course (same content):

This practical and interactive course will support your understanding in:

  • Ealing's SEN support in line with the government expectations as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (14/15) 

  • High-quality teaching and inclusive practice including targeted and specialist support

  • The four broad areas of SEND

  • The importance of high-quality referrals and the graduated approach

  • The strategies and interventions that are most effective with children who have SEND 

  • The importance of collaborative working with families, colleagues and Ealing services

  • How you might effectively influence effective SEND practice with the other practitioners and leaders in your setting

Please note:

  • Whole-staff teams and / or individuals must be available to attend all the dates of this course (whether the 2 consecutive INSET days or the 5 part course) to receive their certificate(s);

  • Delegates cannot transfer to any of the other SEND Leadership course dates.

Course Prerequisites:
This course is aimed at practitioners working with children between the ages of birth and 5 years of age.

Target Audience: Whole-staff teams, Early years leaders, SEND Leaders and practitioners in all early years settings (including childminders)

Free: Ealing Early Years Quality Partnership Premium early years settings / ELP Schools
Free: All other Ealing early years settings and schools 


Training objectives Course Objectives:

  • Define SEND and inclusion in an early years context.

  • Raise awareness of the SEND Code of Practice including the Graduated Approach, the Local Offer and the four broad areas of SEND.

  • Learn about the different specialists and services within Ealing responsible for SEN support including Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the Family Information Service.

  • Develop greater understanding and empathy with families of children with SEND by hearing real life examples of their journey and experiences. 

  • Raise awareness of the SEND toolkit and encourage practitioners to build upon their universal and targeted provision back in settings.

  • Encourage collaborative partnerships with children, families, colleagues and other services where each knows their accountability in securing progress and each has a voice.

  • Experience a Team Around the Family (TAF) assessment and to receive feedback about what you have learnt and how you have demonstrated this knowledge. 

  • Commit to, and identify how, delegates might effectively influence effective SEND practice with the other practitioners and leaders in their setting.

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Course Costs No cost information available
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Start date Tuesday 30 August 2022
Times 09:30 - 15:30
Number of sessions This event has 2 sessions.