SENDcast Spotlight – Welcome Simon Tanner

Our new special guest, Simon Tanner, joins Dale for his first episode at The SENDcast. Find out more about Simon….

Simon Tanner, National Director of SEND 


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. 


Contact Simon:



TES SEN show (13/10/23): 

Tes Editors’ Chat: How do we overcome the barriers to inclusive practice in mainstream schools? 

Dan Worth, Senior editor, Tes 
Simon Tanner, national director of SEND at the E-Act multi-academy trust, chats to Tes Magazine senior editor Dan Worth about the barriers to inclusive practice in mainstream schools in England. They will discuss policy barriers, cultural challenges and other system issues that make inclusive practice more difficult. They will talk about some of the ways in which those challenges can be overcome. 

Mat SEND leaders meeting – end of November (if keen to join, email Simon for further information).   




Simon Tanner
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MAT SEND Leadership

The National SEND Picture

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