In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Natalie Packer to discuss developing a whole school approach to SEND.

Natalie Packer is an independent education consultant, specialising in SEND and school improvement. Natalie develops and delivers a wide range of training and support to schools, multi-academy trusts and other organisations. She is a member of nasen’s 0-11 Advisory Group, and also supports the Whole School SEND review process. On top of this and being a Governor and Trustee Natalie has also found time to write books The Perfect SENCO and The Teacher’s Guide to SEN.

For a school to become more inclusive, to become more communication friendly and make various changes to support SEND, it needs to come from the top. It needs to be led by Senior Leaders AND Governors.

There are lots of schools where it is only the SENCO and TAs who are waving the flag, supporting SEND. They are often working in a different direction to the rest of the school who are focussed on results and pleasing the LA, Ofsted and Governors. Ideally, senior leaders and/or Governors will be listening to this podcast and will make a change, but often it will be the SENCO or teacher trying to make the changes and get the senior leaders onboard. We discuss how to make that change in your school.

The Perfect SENCO by Natalie Packer:

Nutshell Template:

Great expectations by David Bartram (a book on leading SEND strategy):

Bath Spa / nasen workload survey report updated:

SENCO Induction Pack –

WSS SEND Review –

Contact Natalie Packer

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Twitter – @NataliePacker

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