SEND Communities of Practice for managers and practitioners

The four Centres for Excellence (CfE) in SEND are each hosting Communities of Practice (CoPs) covering topics within their individual themes (People – Weston College, Community – City College Norwich, Careers – Oldham College and Specialist Support – Natspec). These CoP are open to anyone working in Education and Skills with an interest in improving experiences for learners with an inclusion need (SEN). The focus of the CoPs is to share and identify effective practice and to work collaboratively as a community of professionals to address challenges.

In addition to our CfE and Employer Spoke events, you might want to check out joint school and FE ‘Specialist Spotlight’ CPD events delivered by nasen which are part of the Universal SEND Services programme. The events are booked via the Whole School SEND website events page. Those events highlighted as Post 16 are listed below with a direct link to book.


Events

May

15th, Memory for learning, hosted by nasen. Join nasen for a discussion exploring memory for learning. This discussion will consider the importance to learning of both working and long-term memory, how to identify and support students with poor working memory, the three functions of long-term memory – encoding, storage and retrieval and strategies to help learners retain and retrieve the information they need for learning. The discussion builds on nasen’s 20 minute online SEND CPD units. 16:00 – 17:00

17th, Job coaching and employer engagement. In the first theme of City College Norwich’s Community of Practice, their focus will be on job coaching and employer engagement, where they will be discussing effective SEND employer engagement: 1) Approaches to employer engagement 2) Barriers and challenges with employer engagement 3) Effective strategies to inform approaches. 12:00 – 13:30

June

6th, Planning a successful personalised curriculum to meet the individual needs of your learners. This session, facilitated by Natspec, will introduce participants to strategies in planning a personalised curriculum. It will explore how a curriculum could be co-created with learners’ views being considered and reflect on the starting point and cycle of planning and reflection to deliver an effective, challenging, and creative curriculum that has a positive impact on learners with SEND. 16:00 – 17:15

11th, Understanding executive functioning, hosted by nasen. Join nasen for a discussion exploring executive functioning. This session will cover what is meant by executive function and why executive function skills are important. How to identify when executive function skills are lacking and the difficulties this may cause to learners and stategies to support the improvement of executive function skills. The discussion builds on nasen’s 20 minute online SEND CPD units. 15:45 – 16:45

14th, Job coaching and learner training. In the second theme of City College Norwich’s Community of Practice, their focus will be on job coaching and learner training. Join them to share and shape together and explore the challenges and strategies for effective SEND employer engagement. 12:00 – 13:30

18th, Inclusive approaches for our Maths and English for Post 16 learners. In this webinar, City College Norwich share their effective inclusive practice of how they support learners with Maths & English, including initial assessments, strategies to integrate inclusive learning and English and maths to ensure greater collaboration between delivery staff to benefit learners.10:00 – 11:30

19th, Developing maths skills, hosted by nasen. Join nasen for a discussion exploring developing maths skills for learners with SEN. This session will cover the importance of approaches; how they are vital for some and valuable for all. Methods and skills to support learners to overcome barriers to understanding within maths and how coherence in curriculum and use of representation and structure allows learners to make connections and develop their mathematical thinking. The discussion builds on nasen’s 20 minute online SEND CPD units. 15:45 – 16:45

    July

    5th, Job coaching – job matching, carving and sustainable employment. In the third theme of City College Norwich’s Community of Practice, their focus will be on job matching, carving and sustainable development. Join them to share and shape together and explore the challenges and strategies for effective SEND employer engagement. 12:00 – 13:30

    Resources

    As part of our Community of Practice offer, we have produced a number of resources and delivered a number of free training sessions. The resources and recordings of webinars can be found on the Resources from the centres page under the headings used across the SEND Exhibition website.