SEND CPD SURVEY - University of Birmingham and BATH spa university

Posted 21 October 2021


Dear colleagues

We are appealing to you to help share the survey below far and wide within your networks, on social media etc.

The survey aims to find out about access to CPD and expertise in English schools to support with the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities. It is for all of the school workforce (e.g., teachers, head teachers and school governors etc).

The project is being undertaken by the University of Birmingham with Bath Spa University, funded by the Department for Education, and we are working alongside ‘Whole School SEND’ and ‘NASEN’ to conduct this work.

 The link to the survey is below

We realise that colleagues in the provider group are often rightly wary about surveys. We have been provided with a 30-minute slot at our next provider group meeting on 8th November. In this slot, we intend to go through the survey with you so that you are fully aware of its contents, intended use etc.

On the whole, the contents of the survey are pretty innocuous; however, there are some really useful questions that should help us as a provider group. For example,

  • it may give an indication of how many school staff have the NASENCo award. This is important given that in 2019, our colleagues at the DFE have records that 1464 people within school held the award.
  • Whether SENCOs are more likely than other school staff to deliver CPD etc. We understand that Graeme has a session within the CPD slot booked for the next provider group (after this one). It is our intention to discuss this useful data then (alongside the results of revealing data set of SENCo demographics over the past 5 years). Both of which we hope will be helpful in terms of informing the direction of our work within the provider group.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

 Thank you in anticipation.

Graeme and Helen


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