EfL NE SEND Networking and Development Day: 12th December 2019

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EfL Northeast SEND Networking and Development Day – 12th Dec 2019

We’re pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the EfL Northeast SEND Networking and Development Day on Thursday 12th December 2019 at the Durham Leadership Centre in Spennymoor.

The event is an opportunity for SEND schools, colleges and settings that use Evidence for Learning to come together for a day of sharing and development. We will also have a limited number of spaces for schools that are currently considering or evaluating EfL.

In addition to workshops and presentations led by Diane Rochford and Professor Barry Carpenter, there will be lightning talks from schools and structured round table discussions.

Thanks to the generous support of Phil Hodgson at Education Durham (CYP Services, Durham County Council), the event is FREE to attend and a FREE LUNCH will be provided.  

We’ve run similar meetings around the country during the last 12 months, including a national conference in July, and the meetings have always been a great opportunity to hear how individual SEND schools, colleges and resources use EfL.

There are now more than 35 SEND schools in the North/Northeast region alone using EfL and just under 400 SEND schools nationally so there’s a wealth of general experience and this will be a unique chance to catch up and hear what schools are doing generally in terms of curriculum and assessment – and in particular how they are adapting to the new EIF.

Reflective practice and developing a ‘Finding out culture’ in your school

The underlying theme of this event will be the exploration and discussion of how as leaders and practitioners we can develop truly personalised approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, as well as systemise reflective practice and inquiry across the whole school – particularly in light of the new 2019 Ofsted Framework, the Rochford Review (2016) and the soon to be released DfE guidance for the Engagement Model.

With the expertise and experience in the room, including Prof. Barry Carpenter, Diane Rochford, and more than 30 SEND school leaders and lead practitioners, we’ll be exploring and discussing among other topics, the following questions:

How do we lead the move away from P-levels at our school?

What is the role of evidence and how do we use it to support progression in pedagogy?

How can we have a conversation about progression without numbers or ‘levels’?

What are the considerations and challenges in developing strands of expertise and leadership?

How can we build support and expertise through school networks?

In addition to the broader discussion and sharing around curriculum and assessment, the day will obviously be a fantastic opportunity to expose yourself and key people at your school to the benefits of EfL, and practical things you can do at your school to ensure you’re getting the best outcomes from it. It ought to be very useful in helping you plan ahead on your EfL implementation.

The EfL team will be on hand to answer questions and we’ll be giving an update on some of the new and forthcoming features and tools. We have a number of new features in EfL and Insights for Learning that have gone ‘live’ over the summer and during the autumn term and we have lots more targeted for release in the first half of 2020.

As with all the other events we’ve run, the emphasis of the day will be on discussion, learning and networking… giving you lots of opportunity to meet and forge relationships with new partners and collaborators for your professional networks.

The day is very much for you, and we sincerely want to make it one of the most useful and informative professional development and networking events of the year for you.

Event Details…


Thursday 12th December 2019


Durham Leadership Centre

The address is:

Durham Leadership Centre,
9 Enterprise Way,
DL16 6YP

Tel: 0300 026 3307

Further details and notes on how to get there:

Venue details: Durham Leadership Centre


9:00am: Arrival & welcome refreshments

9.30am : Start

3.15pm : Finish

We’ll be providing lunch and refreshments.



This includes refreshments and lunch!

Booking Form

Please use the form below to book up to 4 places at the event.

Please complete all the details for each delegate. In particular, please let us know which event(s) they will be attending. 

Once you’ve booked, you will receive an automated confirmation email.

If you have any questions about the event, have trouble submitting the booking form or are interested in presenting a short lightning talk or presentation at this or any future events, please email alan.wood@theteachercloud.net.

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