We are passionate about inclusion at Anthem. We understand that everyone has different starting points and work hard to make our schools places where all children and young people feel valued and receive the understanding and support they need to thrive.
The Head of SEND drives a strategic school improvement SEND agenda that permeates all areas of school life, working with SENDCos, Senior Leaders, and the Trust Executive to develop high-quality systems that reflect best practice within in this important and complex area of teaching and learning.
Together with SEND expert David Bartram OBE, Anthem’s Head of SEND carries out whole-school SEND reviews to capture what’s going well and provide some suggested areas for improvement. Once an action plan is in place, schools receive follow-up visits and support to achieve their goals.
Putting skills into action
The Head of SEND is also available to provide bespoke training and advice on specific issues or cases as necessary, and Anthem staff are encouraged to make contact to gain support and advice. A good understanding of the legislation relating to SEND practice is available and necessary to ensure best practice, meaning that support and challenge can be offered in cases where areas need further consideration or discussion.
To complement the SEND reviews, we have set up a training programme for staff in inclusion roles. This training equips staff with the skills they need to put plans into action and, crucially, brings colleagues from different Anthem schools together, creating networks of peer support. Our annual SEND conference offers further opportunities for sharing ideas and collaboration.
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