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Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE) regularly host webinars, network meetings and training programmes to help support our Surrey Schools community.

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About SAfE

SAfE is an alliance made up of schools and other partners to deliver a high quality, cohesive, coordinated school-led improvement system in Surrey and the wider area. We provide a central place for schools to go where they know they can find high quality support, information and professional learning opportunities which are open to all schools and settings across EYFS, Primary, Secondary and Special phases.

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Cross Phase

Primary

English & Phonics Network 22-23

28 June 2023

Spread across 6 sessions throughout the year, the Primary English & Phonics Network will keep attendees up-to-date with current research, best practice, schemes and developments within the subject. The sessions will utilise blended learning: in the first half of a term, meetings will be virtual on Zoom and in the second half, meetings will be face-to-face. Sessions will be led by English Teaching and Learning Leads, however we will provide insight into all the best practice happening throughout Surrey by inviting guest speakers from our schools to share what they do and the impact it has on their children. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:  All delegates will have a grounding in best practice within English leadership. The programme aims to ensure all leads have the knowledge to develop their subject through careful monitoring, detailed knowledge of English within their school and a foundation of current, effective teaching practices to draw upon with their staff.   Intended Impact on practice: English leaders will be able to share best practice and current thinking with their schools, improving teaching and learning for all learners. English leaders will also be able to network, share/discuss approaches and discuss any specific questions with English T&L leads in person. Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds: Consistent reflection on impact for children with SEND or disadvantaged background will be a running theme throughout network meetings, with specific strategies to be employed for all vulnerable groups. All elements of the network will be shaped in a way to link new concepts to each school’s context to ensure it has meaningful impact, particularly focusing on lowest 20%.   

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SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

29 June 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

29 June 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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Secondary

SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

29 June 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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Secondary Pastoral Forum 22-23

5 July 2023

This network is for all pastoral leads of Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.  These sessions provide an opportunity for regular, current and evidence-informed professional development, as well as discussion and sharing of excellence for the community of pastoral leaders who are ‘living the role’. Joining this community of good practice is free for all subscribing secondary schools.  Non-subscribers are charged a one-off £375 for the year. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • An opportunity to share good practice and network with other secondary pastoral leads.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Building a community of good practice as a support for secondary pastoral leads in Surrey secondary schools
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds**:
  • Sharing knowledge and skills for the benefit of all children, but particularly those with additional needs.

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New Headteacher Induction Programme 2022-23

6 July 2023

New Headteachers are warmly invited to join the New Headteachers’ Induction Programme 2022-23, run by Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE), in partnership with Surrey County Council.  SAfE is committed to developing outstanding leaders who can transform schools and ultimately improve outcomes for children and young people.  We are passionate about supporting collaborative partnerships. SAfE is responsible for the professional development of new headteachers and this induction programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership and establish relationships with other headteachers, building your own professional network.  The programme is cross-phase, so new headteachers from a rich mix of settings come together for these sessions. We begin the programme with a New Headteacher Welcome Breakfast.  ALL new Headteachers in Surrey are invited to attend, whether or not they are new in role.  Join us to meet other headteachers new in post and/or new to Surrey and to meet the SAfE Team and key members of the Surrey County Council Education Department. The dates and details of the rest of the programme are set out below.  As you will see, the programme includes three face to face sessions, and three online clinic sessions.

Autumn 2022 New Headteacher Welcome Breakfast Thursday 15th September, 8-10am St. John The Baptist Secondary School, Woking   (This event is for all headteachers new to Surrey, whether new-in-post, or established heads.)
Session 1 (Face to Face) Wednesday 5th October, 8.30am-12.30pm St. John The Baptist Secondary School, Woking   Session 2 (Online Clinic) Thursday 8th December, 9-10am Zoom
Spring 2023 Session 3 (Face to Face) Thursday 2nd February 2023, 9.30am– 1.30pm St. Mary’s Primary School, Oxted Session 4 (online Clinic) Thursday 16th March, 9-10am Zoom  
Summer 2023 Session 5 (Online Clinic) Thursday 11th May, 9-10am Zoom Session 6 (Face to Face) Thursday 6th July, 9.30am-1.30pm Oakwood School, Horley  
The New Headteacher Induction Programme 2022-23 is facilitated by experienced headteachers and will enable participants to:
  • Clarify and develop their vision in a long-term strategy
  • Develop strategies and approaches which can be used with senior leaders, staff and governors
  • Practise their coaching skills and approaches to difficult conversations
  • Develop a shared language about leadership and learning
  • Understand the statutory aspects of headship, including safeguarding, governance, personnel, inclusion and financial management.
In addition to these 7 sessions, members of the New Headteachers’ Induction Programme 2022-23 will have access to a wide range of resources to aid them in their professional development.  These will be offered in a remote format for Headteachers to access at convenient times. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:
  • Understand the statutory aspects of headship
  • Development of strategies and approaches to management of staff, including holding difficult conversations
  • Support with developing the vision of the school
  • Familiarisation of the support available for Headteachers in Surrey and who provides this
Intended Impact on practice:
  • To build skills, knowledge and confidence of practitioners to undertake their new role.
  • Opportunity to network with others new to role.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Supporting good school leadership will benefit all pupils, including those with SEND and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Calendar of upcoming events

SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

11 May 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

29 June 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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SAfE and Surrey SENCO Update 22-23

29 June 2023

These are SENCo network meetings which aim to update SENCos on the most recent developments in SEND across Surrey and nationally. Examples of good practice will be shared along with speakers from key agencies who will articulate their offer to schools so that SENCos can access the most appropriate support to upskill staff in their setting in order to meet the needs of learners. Face-to-face sessions will be run on 16th March and 29th June 2023, with an opportunity to join either a morning or afternoon session. The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • Sharing Surrey strategies which will support the ongoing development of inclusive practices in Surrey schools.
Intended Impact on practice:
  • Leaders of SEND to influence whole school practices so that staff consider the barriers to engagement and actively consider these when planning and delivering the curriculum.
Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Schools to further develop their focus on the inclusion and progress of learners with SEND and / or PP. Future practices to focus on ways to address barriers to learning so that learners have their needs met within the school setting.

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SEND & Inclusion

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