Nadhim Zahawi encourages SEND specialists across England to work together to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND

Nadhim Zahawi opened this year's nasen Live event with a powerful speech; he stressed the importance of schools across the country working together to facilitate spreading best practice for people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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 Nadhim Zahawi during his speech at nasen Live 2018 at the Birmingham ICC

Nadhim Zahawi hopes that by 2020 the target of 10,000 schools will have joined the Whole School SEND consortium which will help to deliver the latest research and practice for SEND, through regional networks. 

The idea behind these networks is to create spaces to share knowledge and resources in order to support pupils with SEND. This latest research and practice can then be used in the classrooms of both SEND and mainstream establishments. The Minister stated that: 
"They're not trying to re-invent the wheel. They're taking best practice, and together will scale it up across England".
The initiative focuses on creating a "community of practice" which is to be delivered by the Whole School SEND consortium with the support of nasen. Also supporting the operation is University College London who will be working alongside government to provide continued professional development (CPD) by identifying gaps in current CPD practice. 
The government wants to ensure the national award for SENCO "provides the right training" and the learning outcomes for the NASENCO are being reviewed. Nadhim Zahawi also pledged to look into the situation whereby pupils with SEND from mainstream schools are placed into special educational needs environments. It is now time to get both mainstream and special schools to work more harmoniously to support pupils with SEND. 

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