Services for children

SEND bulletin 17 March

Primary to secondary school transfer day – Friday 1 July

1 July has been agreed as the year 6 to year 7 transfer day in Ealing. Secondary schools will be in touch with feeder schools to further details about the day.

View resources and guidance on positive transitions

Supporting Transition for children with additional needs

Moving from primary to secondary school is an important milestone for children. Many children will be anxious about this next step. They will be in a bigger building, needing to move from place to place, be more independent and make new relationships with children and staff.

Some secondary schools have shared that for children with additional needs an extra day of transition develops an early bond with the child and the school, where the child and staff get to know each other better.

We encourage every secondary school to consider their transition arrangements for children with additional needs so they can be best supported to have a happy and smooth start to new school life. The Year 6 to year 7 transition guide has practical ideas on how you can work with the primary school, the child and their family.

Ealing speech and language therapy (SLT) – Buy-in for schools

The opportunity to buy in for the academic year 2022/3 is now!

View our marketing packs which explain the benefits, options and costs (Login to view information):

Find out more about our buy-in service in your school by contacting Sandra Lennon at Act soon as the deadline is 31 March 2022.

Occupational therapy (OT) service

ELP are working hard to improve our relationship between the OT service and schools. I met with the team last week and they are keen to hear your views about the service and help them to develop the clinical pathway, which ensures that schools more involved in the process and children receive the support they need.

If you would like to attend this meeting on Wednesday 4 May, 10-11am please email me or your lead SENCo know and I will send you an invite.

The team are exploring training for schools and will be producing short training videos for you to use with your staff.

If you feel a child has been discharged too early or you have concerns about the advice provided please do contact the named therapist or send your concern to

Improving communication with the LA

Madhu will be hosting a meeting to discuss any concerns you may have about communication between schools and the LA. We will also explore ideas on how we can improve our partnership working with SENAS/EHCCos/ESCAN leads.

This meeting will be at 10am on Thursday 24 March. Join the Zoom meeting via the link below:

Meeting ID: 839 1751 3696
Passcode: 934809

Primary - Joint SENCO and DHT developing Inclusive practice workshop 23 March

Due to the success of the workshops held last term (40 schools attended), we are facilitating a follow-on workshop on Wednesday 23 March, 9.45am – 12.30pm.

We will focus on the lowest 20%, providing space to consider how you are supporting this group of children, share good practice and problem solve together.

As requested at the last session we will also discuss good practice when working in partnership with parents.

Book a place: Primary - Joint SENCO and DHT developing Inclusive practice workshop

Behaviour leads network Wednesday 30 March 1pm

During this network session we will

  • Share the Doyle reintegration scale and exclusions guidance from AET
  • Remind ourselves of the impact ACEs
  • Carry out in the moment problem solving – this will be an opportunity for you to unpick a case you are struggling with
  • Consider communication and how you are supporting children to have their voices heard.

Book a place: Behaviour leads network

Primary and secondary SENDCo conference Thursday 26 May at Trailfinders

This is a day for as all to come together as a team of advocates for children and young people with additional needs. We will create the space to stop, reflect and consider what inclusion means to you. We will work together to create a vision for the future of inclusion in your own school and as part of Ealing Learning Partnership.

The day will be facilitated by inclusive solutions and will cover ‘The keys to inclusion’ 6 guiding ideas that underpin inclusive practice.

  • The importance of WELCOME
  • Inclusion is about Adults’ learning
  • Taking the Long View
  • Giftedness as a new paradigm for understanding disability and difference
  • The Intentional Building of Relationships
  • Not doing it alone – the importance of Teams in developing inclusive practice

IMPACT theatre will be performing for us. A market place will be set up, where service and support leads will be available to share their offer and there will be opportunities for networking.

My hope is for you all to feel nourished, inspired and energised from the day.

Please sign up to reserve your place at the SENDCo conference

SENDCo CPD opportunities

I am working on a CPD plan for SENCos for next year in addition to our regular network meetings.

My plan is to provide a subject knowledge session every half term. This will be half day workshops provided by an expert in an area of inclusion, covering these topics:

  • ADHD
  • DLD
  • DCD
  • Metacognition
  • Structured Teaching.

Please let me know if you have any other requests you would like me to explore for you.

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Last updated: 18 Mar 2022