The National SEND Picture with Simon Tanner

When it comes to the national SEND landscape, it’s crucial to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is happening across the country. Different schools and authorities often face unique challenges, and it’s important to recognise the difference between struggles that are universal and those that are localised to specific schools.

Having spent 6 years as a MAT SEND Leader, Simon Tanner joins Dale today bringing his expertise to discuss ‘The National SEND Picture’.

During the conversation, Simon delves into the national issues affecting the SEND landscape, such as workload, funding, and recruitment. He offers advice and tips on collaborating and learning from other schools within your Local Authority, as well as scaling up successful initiatives.

“There are pockets of outstanding practise out there and communities and people coming together to collaborate to get the best for the SEND needs of the people that they’re working with. I think that’s the bit that gives me, as a leader of SEND within my MAT, hope. And we’ve got that passion and I think it’s, how many of us can now come together to work, to provide and push that agenda along more, because that voice is getting louder.”

Simon Tanner

Join us for this insightful discussion as we dive into the National SEND Picture to enhance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions that lie ahead.

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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