Opportunity to become a MAT SEND Reviewer

News - 17 Jul 2019

The Whole School SEND Consortium is part of a growing community of practice committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The work of the consortium is based on the principle that the knowledge and expertise needed to develop the workforce already exists in the system and that knowledge exchange can occur through effective collaboration.

The Department for Education, through the SEND Schools’ Workforce contract with the Whole School SEND consortium has provided funding for an additional 21 MAT SEND reviewers to be trained under our current contract. Participants will be trained in the process of undertaking a SEND Review of a MAT.  In order to meet contractual requirements, the reviews will need to take place between September 2019-March 2020. By the end of March 2020 a total of three MAT SEND Reviewers will have been trained in each Regional School Commissioner area, including the three trained in 2018-19.

We are now seeking candidates to be trained as a MAT Reviewer from the following regions:

  • Lancashire and West Yorkshire - 3
  • North - 3
  • East Midlands, South Yorkshire and the Humber - 2
  • East of England and North East London - 3
  • South Central England and North West London - 3
  • South East England and South London – 1
  • South West - 3
  • West Midlands - 3

For details of which areas are covered by which region, go to: www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/regions/

The time commitment required is a full day to receive the training and a further 2 days to work with a selected MAT within the candidates RSC region: one half day for preparation, one day for the visit and one half day to write up a report.  Successful applicants will receive full training on the process of undertaking a MAT SEND Review and subsequent support is provided through the Whole School SEND consortium central team (based in nasen).

Payment is not provided for attendance at the training day. A payment of £400 per day is paid for the time spent conducting a MAT SEND Review, payable to the reviewer’s school, to cover the cost of releasing the candidate to undertake the review. Expenses for travel and subsistence will also be provided in line with the nasen expenses policy.

About the MAT SEND Review Guide:

In 2017 the Department for Education funded the development of the MAT SEND Review Guide, created with the purpose of supporting a Trust-wide approach to SEND. It can be downloaded from  www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/find-wss-resources.html

What a MAT SEND Review Involves:

The review is a one-day visit, with a half day of preparation and a half day of write up, designed to support the trust in moving forward with its development and strategic plans in regard to SEND. The trust will use the Review Guide beforehand to evaluate where it is and then the day is effectively a professional dialogue around this between senior members of the trust and the reviewer to clarify and provide advice on priorities for the next stage of development.

Download and return the expression of interest form

MAT Reviewers Expression of interest.docx


Please send the completed form to:wssapply@nasen.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 31st July at 5pm. If you have any queries, please contact Daniel Morgan-Thomas on 020 3960 7908 or email danielmt@nasen.org.uk


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