The Cheshire East SENCO Conference was held on 1 March 2019 at Cranage Hall near Holmes Chapel and open to all Cheshire East schools and colleges.
The conference was organised and run by the council’s Inclusion Quality Team who co-ordinated a series of meaningful, professional development opportunities for SENCO s. The content and structure of the day reflected views taken from previous network days.
The day began with a key note speech from Jacky Forster, Director for Education and Ian Donegani, Head of Service, ( SEND and Inclusion) sharing the current status and future vision for SEND in Cheshire East. A series of workshops followed, covering the following topics:
- Training for EHCP review
- Attachment Theory
- Preparation for Adulthood
- Needs assessment and paperwork
- Quality First Teaching and SMART Targets
- Youth participation service and student voice
- Social care outcomes in EHC Plans
- SENCO surgeries
The aim of the day was to build on and continue the partnership and developing working relationships between Cheshire East Council and SENCO s. By providing valuable continuous professional development we looked to strengthen the quality of school support plans, needs assessment requests and EHCP reviewing systems.
Overwhelming positive feedback was received, including:
“I am now feeling supported, listened to, cared for, upskilled and appreciated.”
“A massive thank you for caring and realising that being a SENCO can be lonely, challenging and isolating…The team have made us feel part of a supportive team who are invested in and listened to.”
“Improved wellbeing, hope for future, networking, an actual lunch break with lunch! A much better understanding of EHCP needs assessments, great booster on Quality First Teaching, confidence with smart targets and fabulous resources to take back to school! Mostly though I feel supported by professionals who do the job I do and understand how hard it is and how important it is! I also feel the send team are honest and open about improvements and working together.”