MAT SEND Leadership with Simon Tanner

Do you know what is involved in being a MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) SEND leader?

To shed light on this role, our special guest, Simon Tanner, joins Dale in today’s episode to explore ‘MAT SEND Leadership’. Simon, the National Director of SEND for E-ACT, brings a wealth of experience, having spent a decade as an accomplished SENCO and six years as a MAT leader for SEND. His expertise lies in developing effective SEND practices across multiple MATs and leading SEND and MAT SEND reviews nationwide.

During our conversation, we delve into various aspects of effective MAT SEND leadership, including:

  • Working for a Multi-Academy Trust
  • The role of a SEND leader within the MAT
  • The importance of data
  • Scaling projects and interventions across multiple schools
  • Assurance in SEND provision
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for both individual academies and the entire trust
  • School improvement strategies
  • Collaboration is key

Listen to hear how the MAT SEND leader offers support to the lone SENCO and provides a strategic overview of SEND provision.

Simon Tanner

About Simon Tanner

Simon is National Director of SEND for E-ACT.  With 10 years as an experienced SENDCo and 6 as a MAT leader for SEND, Simon has developed effective SEND practice across multiple MATs and lead on SEND and MAT SEND reviews across the country.    

Simon Co-chairs the MAT SEND Leaders group which he established with Dr Nicola Crossly (Liberty Trust).  The group currently have over 100 MAT leaders of SEND and collaborate with Whole Education.  Simon is a mentor on Whole Educations MAT SEND leaders programme which last year supported over 250 academies across England and is now moving into its second cohort.    

Simon regularly presents at National conferences and was part of EDUKEYs Provision map series in 2020-2021 and TEXTHELPs festivals of education between 2021-2023. 

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