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List of communications for SENDCOs in Bristol

List of communications for SENDCOs in Bristol

What communication channels are available for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinators (SENDCOs) in Bristol

Head teachers weekly newsletter

The head teacher’s weekly newsletter aims to communicate with all leaders in education across Bristol. It includes information about educational issues, SEND and high level strategy, such as updates from the Department of Education.

This links to the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) priority 1: lack of accountability at all levels including school leaders.

Alison Hurley, The Director of Education, sends the newsletter every Monday to all head teachers. The newsletter is sent to SENCOs by the Trading with Schools team.

If you’re a SENCO, you can sign up by emailing tradingwithschools@bristol.gov.uk

SENCO email list

The Trading with Schools team hold the email list of SENCO’s in Bristol. The list is used for regular updates throughout the year. It includes information about the SENCO briefings and the conference.

This links to the WSoA priority 2.1: an agreed co-constructed plan documenting purpose and format of communications.

If you’re a SENCO, you can sign up by emailing tradingwithschools@bristol.gov.uk

SENCO Local Offer website newsletter

The SEND Local Offer website team send a termly newsletter to SENCO’s. It includes information about Bristol’s Local Offer website and Bristol’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support (SENDIAS) service and, supportive parents. It will help you to signpost young people, parents and carers to the latest information and advice.

This links to the WSoA priority 5.3: co-produce the Local Offer website with children, young people, parents and carers in order to ensure information is clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date.

If you’re a SENCO, you can sign up by emailing bristollocaloffer@bristol.gov.uk

SENCO conference

The SENCO conference facilitates networking, inspiration and strategic Continuing Professional Development. They are held once a year, in March.

The events have a combination of National and Local key note speakers and a range of workshops with practical strategies.

This links to the WSoA priority 2.1: a support system for education, training and skills to understand their responsibilities in relation to the SEND Code of Practice.

The conference is organised by the Educational Psychology team. The next one is on 31 March 2021.

More information will be sent out by Trading with Schools via the SENCO email list. You can sign up by emailing tradingwithschools@bristol.gov.uk

SENCO briefings

Regular briefings provide SENCO’s with clear information about how SEND is being implemented and supported in Bristol. They provide information from different teams supporting SEND, such as the SEN team and the Inclusion in Education Group (IEG). As well as information about processes such as Top Up funding. 

The briefings are held 3 times a year, in November, February and June. They're organised by the Educational Psychology team and the SEND manager.

This links to the WSoA priority:

  • 1.2: develop clear and transparent criteria for decision making processes including how SEND funding is allocated
  • 2.1: a support system for education, training and skills to understand their responsibilities in relation to the SEND Code of Practice

The next SENCO briefings will be held on Zoom:

  • 5 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
  • 11 February 2021, 1pm to 3pm
  • 10 June 2021, 1pm to 3pm

More information will be sent out by Trading with Schools via the SENCO email list. You can sign up by emailing tradingwithschools@bristol.gov.uk

Inclusion in Education Group minutes and key messages

The Inclusion in Education Group (IEG) is made up of a small number of representatives across all phases and types of settings across the city. They organise development work such as the Bristol SEND Support Plan (BSSP).

To keep educational settings up to date with the IEG work, the key updates and minutes are sent to SENCO’s after each meeting. The updates include information on the progress of the WSoA and opportunities to take part in co-construction events, working groups and development work.

Tracy Jones, The Chair of the IEG, organises the meetings 6 times a year.

This links to the WSoA priority 2.1: a support system for education, training and skills to understand their responsibilities in relation to the SEND Code of Practice.

The next IEG meetings are on:

  • 8 October 2020
  • 3 December 2020
  • 4 February 2021
  • 18 March 2021
  • 13 May 2021
  • 1 July 2021

You will receive feedback after each meeting from your local representative in the group.

SENCO cluster meetings

Cluster meetings are organised by autonomous groups of SENCOs, who link to the Educational Psychology (EP) and SEN teams.

The groups are a networking opportunity to provide support and development. They include information about good practice, support available and general updates.

This links to the WSoA priority 2.1: a support system for education, training and skills to understand their responsibilities in relation to the SEND Code of Practice.

Cluster groups set their dates for meetings and work with the Local Authority to arrange EP and SEN input.

If you’re part of a cluster and want to request an EP or SEN office to attend your meeting, email tradingwithschools@bristol.gov.uk

Training offer

The training offer will be made available online by Trading with Schools.

It aims to provide:    

  • new SENCOs with support and training
  • continual professional development

It’s organised across Bristol City Council teams and includes a range of delivery methods:

  • webinars
  • surgeries
  • face to face training courses

It includes information about:

  • using the Bristol SEN Support Plan
  • identification and early intervention across the 4 areas of the SEND Code of Practice
  • top up training
  • Autism Awareness Training from the Bristol Autism Team (BAT)

This links to the WSoA priority 2.2: an early identification and assessment using a graduated response.