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Director of LEARN to support WSS across the region

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CIT and LEARN Teaching School Alliance wish to congratulate Emily on her appointment as Deputy Regional SEND Lead for East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber, for Whole School SEND (WSS).

WSS is a consortium of partners hosted by the National Association for Special Educational Needs (Nasen) and funded by the DfE to support schools in England to prioritise SEND. WSS have been awarded the SEND Schools’ Workforce Contract until March 2021. The contract has four key aims which are to;

  • Drive education institutions to prioritise SEND within their CPD and school improvement plans including facilitating greater links between mainstream and special schools.
  • Equip schools to identify and meet their training needs in relation to SEND.
  • Build the skills of teachers working in mainstream and special schools and of SENCOs and teachers of classes of children and young people with sensory impairments by promoting best practice.
  • Identify and respond to any gaps in the training and resources available to schools.

The WSS Consortium is made up of organisations from across the sector and some of the partners include; the Teaching Schools Council, pdnet, Achievement for All, NASS, Real Group and the Driver Youth Trust.

Emily Walker, Director of LEARN Teaching School said:

“I am very excited with the new appointment as Deputy Regional SEND Leader across the EMSYH region. I am looking forward to building networks to facilitate the sharing of expertise in special educational needs.”

To get in touch with Emily regarding Whole School SEND, please email her at: drsl2.emsyh@wholeschoolsend.com 

Since the beginning of the DfE contract in 2018, Whole School SEND has produced the following resources and outputs, which are all available free via the SEND Gateway:





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