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The Tiptree and Stanway Consortium will be offering the following support to consortium schools to meet the SEND and Inclusion needs of schools. The offer targets all key stakeholders in SEND support and is focused on the areas of provision identified by consortium schools.

  1. Monday 9th October 9am - 3pm at Colchester Football Stadium:Training for Head Teachers and SENCOs on SEND law and funding to improve their ability to advocate for children with complex SEND needs in regards to EHCNAs and funding. This training will be delivered by highly experienced independent consultant Garry Freeman* with a long history of working in senior leadership, local authority improvement, the DFE and as a consultant associate of Nasen – delivering bespoke CPD.
  2. Creating a support network for our Learning Support Assistants that work with children with the most complex SEND needs. This will involve some training and support with personalised planning and a peer to peer support network between local schools.
  3. Tuesday 19th September 9:30am - 12:15pm and Tuesday 17th October 9:30am - 12:15pm at Copford Primary: ASD training for class teachers to help them best support children with an ASD diagnosis within their classrooms. This will focus on quality first teaching strategies and be delivered with a view to having exit tasks and a virtual follow up session to allow teachers to feedback and reflect on changes in practice and progress.
  4. A support network for parents in consortium school to support them with anxiety and accessing support for their children outside of school. This will be led by SENCOs working together to share best practice and collaboration to create ‘workshops/coffee mornings’ that parents can attend across consortium schools.

Garry freeman

Garry is an independent SEND Consultant, with 43 years of previous teaching and leadership experience in secondary and special schools throughout West Yorkshire and Lancashire. He specialises in the application and practicalities of SEND law and funding in England.


Garry is, and has been, instrumental in shaping SEND provision across England as a Whole-School SEND Reviewer, a National SEND System Leader and project lead for local authority improvement support. He has been an Associate Consultant for Nasen and Chair of their 0-11 Advisory Group. He is a highly skilled, driven and committed SEND leader, supporting schools, trusts and local authorities in a wide range of educational improvement priorities, focusing on caring, positive leadership and the management of change. He writes extensively for a range of educational publications.

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As a skilled and intuitive leader of SEND and inclusion, Ofsted described his practice as “beyond outstanding……..inspirational!”