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New fully funded Inclusion Commissioned Services

Kent County Council has commissioned three new fully funded services in response to priorities identified in the Kent Countywide Approach to Inclusive Education (CATIE), to improve the effectiveness of Inclusion practices in mainstream settings and schools.

These new services use evidence-based practices to meet these priorities:

  • Inclusion Leadership - For all mainstream Primary and Secondary schools (provided by Leadership Learning South East as a consortium with nasen and Education Development Trust) – A programme of peer-to-peer review and support, bringing together small partnerships of schools across Kent, to identify and strengthen inclusive practices at school level.
  • Whole School Approaches to Nurture - For all mainstream Primary and Secondary schools (provided by nurtureuk) - A structured, evidence-based programme of training and consultancy support over a period of 18 months (with flexibility) to support schools in implementing their own Whole School Approach to Nurture
  • Supported Employment in Schools - For all mainstream Secondary schools(provided by The Education People)- Specialist training and support for schools to develop their own Supported Employment approaches and embed within their Careers Programme, improving outcomes and transitions for young people with SEND.

In light of the recently published SEND Green Paper, SEND leadership will be a key factor for all schools over the coming two to three years. Leaders in mainstream schools are likely to seek ways to deal with more complex needs with potentially less resources. Finding collective solutions to this is an important focus of these programmes. The services will not only benefit schools to focus on their SEND cohort but will also provide a holistic approach to address their Inclusion agenda.

These training and development programmes have been in place since September last year, engaging with over 300 schools since they were launched. Terms 5 and 6 for schools is a crucial time for developing school improvement planning for the next academic year. All three programmes have been designed with flexibility and accessibility in mind, which means there are multiple and flexible joining points, as well as a combination of in-person and virtual online training sessions. Our providers are very supportive in discussing the options with schools to help them with any queries when considering enrolment onto any one of the programmes.

Please see the full communication (PDF, 189.9 KB) for details of upcoming webinars and events, useful links and contact details, and more.