As a new headteacher in January 2018 I was delighted with the service provided to me in auditing our SEN department from Manor Green Special School. From my very first telephone conversation with Helen Hannam and subsequent meeting I realised at once that this would provide me with identified areas of strengths and clear practical advice for my team on our next steps. Helen was friendly and personable, but it was evident that this was a very professional service from the initial plan for the day to the flexibility to explore key lines of enquiry. Helen demonstrated an extensive knowledge of SEN legislation and funding which she shared with our staff. We have been left with a very detailed review and action plan with recommendations for resources and CPD for staff. We have been able to present this report to governors and have now a strategic direction for the provision of SEND pupils within our school.
Kings International College
I would like to express my thanks for all your work with the SEN audit you and your colleague undertook this term.
I was impressed with your pre-assessment that you issued to SLT before your visit and the time you took to explain the objectives, process and outcomes of the audit to me and Shirley. Audits are naturally a stressful time for staff, but you managed our team with such sensitivity that the review process you undertook was received very positively by all members of staff and this positivity persists today - thank you so much for this. I have found the audit report very useful, the format is user-friendly and has helped the team prioritise the urgent actions, which we have put into place as a result of your work. The report was produced in a timely manner, so we have had time this term to put actions into place you recommended.
Overall, the audit has been very useful to the SLT as well as the SEND team in the school and I would recommend this review to any other school.
Thank you for your continued support of The Forest School.
Assistant Headteacher & Business Manager