GLA-Whole Schools SEND seminar

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 13 January 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

What were the outcomes and feedback from the GLA-Whole Schools SEND seminar in October 2019 which looked at exclusions and early support?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

At this SEND seminar, Joanne McCartney AM, my Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, invited school leaders and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) to share what it really means to offer the right early support for pupils with SEND. Good practice was shared on the value of a whole school ethos where supporting SEND pupils is everyone’s responsibility. Professor Philip Garner, Brunel University London, presented provisional findings from his research which is collecting evidence related practice from 15 schools that have demonstrated a positive impact on limiting the number of exclusions.  Attendees also raised concerns and suggested solutions over the high SENCO workload and the roles status within schools. There was a recognition that Government funding cuts, alongside increasing numbers of SEND pupils, are having a detrimental impact on the support that can be offered. A more detailed summary and keynote presenter slides, are being widely shared with the London education sector and are published at:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/schools-success/schools-success-events-research-and-visits