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The professional role of the SENCo in quality educational improvement

The SEND review and the launch of the SEND Review Green Paper (HM Government, 2022) has raised concerns as to the direction of SEND provision and the implications on children, families, schools and support services. Of particular concern is the suggested de-professionalisation of Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos), and the impact this may have on the effectiveness of SEND provision for children and families.

This webinar seeks to cast light on the potential impact the recommendations set out within the SEND Green Paper and the consequent policy implications may have for the SENCo role. We hope that by looking beneath the rhetoric and considering the role from both a practitioner and parental perspective schools will be more informed and better able to respond to the needs of pupils and families whatever policy changes may bring.

16:00 BERA introduction
16:05 Event introduction
Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Victoria Bamsey, Aniqa Kahliq, Louise Arnold, Janet Hoskin and Sulochini Pather
16:10 The strategic role of the SENCo in educational effectiveness and quality educational improvement
Dr Victoria Bamsey, University of Plymouth
16:25 Being a SENCo today – “Is this concrete all around or is it in my head?” The quest for educational effectiveness, quality, and the future of SEND coordination
Dr James Tarling, University of Plymouth
16:45 A parent’s insight of the SENCo role
Ms Tara Vassallo, University of Plymouth
17:10 The strategic SENCO; exploring lessons learned since the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to meeting statutory requirements of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
Debbie Kilbride and Tanya Cotier, University of East London
17:30 Panel discussion
18:00 Close of event

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Chairs

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. In 2018 she developed and opened Marjon University Cornwall based in Truro, which she leads. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist...

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Aniqa Khaliq, Mrs

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Aniqa Khaliq is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Aniqa started her career as a mathematics teacher, teaching and learning across sectors (youth academies, school, FE and HE),...

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Victoria Bamsey, Dr

Lecturer at University of Plymouth

As a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education and Programme Lead for the National Award for SEN Coordination at the University of Plymouth I am interested in questioning education, what education means, what it looks like and where it...

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Louise Arnold, Miss

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at University of East London

Louise Arnold is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at the University of East London where she teaches on the MA Special Educational Needs and across the undergraduate Early Childhood programmes. Her PhD involves parents,...

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Janet Hoskin, Dr

Associate Professor at University of East London

Dr Janet Hoskin is Associate Professor of Education at the University of East London, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests include exploring the lives and experiences of disabled children and young people,...

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Sulochini Pather, Professor

Professor of Education at Leeds Trinity University

Sulochini Pather is a Professor of Education at the Institute of Childhood and Education (ICE) at Leeds Trinity University (LTU). Her experience in Education spans over 30 years. She began her journey as a teacher in primary, secondary and...

Speakers

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Victoria Bamsey, Dr

Lecturer at University of Plymouth

As a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education and Programme Lead for the National Award for SEN Coordination at the University of Plymouth I am interested in questioning education, what education means, what it looks like and where it...

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James Tarling

University of Plymouth

James has developed parallel careers working in the creative industries and education over the last thirty years. Teaching music, sound production and teacher education he has worked across phases from primary to postgraduate before completing...

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Tara Vassallo

University of Plymouth

Tara is a lecturer and early career researcher in child development and education. Her main research interest is autism, with a focus on systemic practice and family systems. An autistic ally, family advocate, and Parent Carer Forum Co-Chair,...

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Debbie Kilbride, Miss

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Debbie has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London (UEL) since 2013 and is Course Leader for the ‘National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination’ (NASENCo). As part of this role, she is a member of the NASENCo...

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Tanya Cotier, Mrs

University of East London

Tanya is currently the Course Lead for the Masters in Special Educational Needs at the University of East London. She also teaches on undergraduate education, early childhood and SEND core modules. This is a role she has been in for almost 3...