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CPD for SEND You Can Access Anywhere!

CPD for SEND You Can Access Anywhere!

CPD that you can access online has never been more relevant in the current national crisis due to COVID-19. The Virtual SEND Conference was a HUGE success, with hundreds of teachers and SENCOs logging on to watch SEND experts in their fields deliver presentations on topics such as dyslexia, autism, ODD and more. If you missed it, you can still buy a ticket and watch the recordings from the website!

Full speaker line up announced for the 3rd Virtual SEND Conference

Full speaker line up announced for the 3rd Virtual SEND Conference

The conference takes place live online on Friday 27 March, but remember you don’t have to attend on the day. You can watch the recordings afterwards and you're free to share with colleagues across your school as just one ticket (only £60) gives whole school access!

The Engagement Model – An announcement or something else?

On Monday 27th of January 2020, the DfE released draft guidance called the Engagement Model.

Strangely, it didn’t appear in the Governments announcements or the DFE Email Digest, and it doesn’t appear in the list of News and Communications from the DfE.

Why? Is it because SEND is still an after thought or is there another reason?


'What is Good Progress?' Webinar

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This is a question we have been asked a lot over recent years. The removal of Levels and now also P Levels has left schools unsure on the progress pupils with SEND should make. Our webinar below is designed to help schools answer that question. It would be great if I could pull out a number or a formula that you could use to judge progress, but it is not that simple. Progress needs to be judged by those who work with the pupil. There are lots of questions that need to be asked and...

Transitioning to Our New Frameworks Webinar

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Earlier this week we ran our ‘Transitioning to B Squared's New Frameworks’ webinar. The webinar not only helped customers understand how easy it is to transition to the new frameworks with Connecting Steps, but answered a number of questions we have already been asked as well as others we believe we will be asked in the coming weeks.

Don't worry if you missed it, you can watch the recording here:


Life Without Levels - Four Years On

Alex Hurle 0 4523

The levels are dead…

In 2014, we were told that the National Curriculum level descriptors were bad. Possibly because teacher assessment was not as ‘accurate’ as testing. Possibly because the old level descriptor content didn’t match Gove’s new National Curriculum attainment targets. Possibly because a best-fit approach to assessment left ‘gaps’ in children’s learning. Possibly because parents and children didn’t...

FREE Online Connecting Steps Training – What’s the catch?

Jon Twycross 0 2813

It’s true, it’s FREE and in all honesty, there is no catch! Apart from maybe the challenge of finding a quiet place at school to join in one of our online sessions. Find out for yourself - just ask any of the teachers who attended our first FREE Connecting Steps online training webinar which took place LIVE online earlier this week (Tuesday 5 June at

Yes, yet another blog about GDPR

Jon Twycross 0 2463

It seems that the whole country has gone GDPR crazy. It was the dominating topic at BETT at the beginning of the year with new companies popping up to help schools comply with what is a complex and sometimes “open to interpretation” document. Let’s face it though, it is not the first-time schools have had to muddle their way through a document that can be read in different ways.