5:31 pm, Wednesday, 14th September 2022

SENCo Newsletter September 2022

Welcome to the first issue of our regular SENCo newsletter! We hope you have had the chance to enjoy the summer break. We look forward to working together with you over the new academic year.

There is a lot planned and a range of opportunities to upskill, share your good practice and be an instrumental part of SEND changes and developments in our local area.

“Take a look below at what’s coming up… and don’t forget all the info is available on the NE Lincs SEND Local Offer.

Clare Linfitt (SEND Services Manager)


SENCO Forums 2022/23

In 2022/23 SENCOs and headteachers from all our North East Lincolnshire Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary schools and Academies and post 16 are most welcome to join us at the Grimsby Town Hall for three SENCO Forums.

The SENCO forums in 2022-23 are designed to support educational settings to create or refresh their graduated response and enable SENCOs to produce a SEND provision map for their setting detailing the setting’s offer of support and intervention across the four broad areas of SEND as detailed in the 2015 SEND Code of Practice.

In addition to this, SENCOs and leaders will have the opportunity to network, share best practice, learn more about the specialist settings in our local area, keep up to date with all things SEND and for us to work together to bring to life the SEND elements of NE Lincs Education and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025.

We do hope you will join us. Just click below to book your FREE place on Eventbrite.

Monday 17th October 9:30am -12:00pm SENCO Forum, Town Hall, Grimsby.

Monday 27th February 9:30am -12:00pm SENCO Forum, Town Hall, Grimsby.

Monday 22nd May 9:30am -12:00pm SENCO Forum, Town Hall, Grimsby.

SENCO Group Meetings

0-5 Years. Early Years SENCO forums will also run termly facilitated by NE Lincs Early Years practitioners. (Dates to follow on SEND Local Offer)

SENCO Cluster Groups: 5-16 Years. In addition to the termly SENCo forums, NE Lincs Education and Inclusion Team will be holding an introductory and further termly SENCO Cluster Group meetings. To find out which cluster your school comes under please click NELC SEND Local Offer | SEND Training and Events (nelincs.gov.uk)

Just click on the Eventbrite link for each date to book your place.

Meridian SENCo cluster group

Central SENCo cluster group

Five Ways SENCo cluster group

Immingham SENCo cluster group

Wolds SENCo cluster group

Cluster groups will include representatives from Family Hubs/Social Care and Health and allow the opportunity to bring together the education, health and care elements of SEND that matter to SENCo’s locally.

SENCo 16+ Post 16 settings can also take part in termly SENCO meetings at The Civic Offices in Cleethorpes, facilitated by Clare Linfitt (SEND Services Manager) from 3pm-5pm.

Just click on the Eventbrite links below for each date to book your place.

New to SENCo?

Have you told us that you’ve become a SENCO? Tell us that you are new to your SENCo role. This way we can keep you up to date and involved in things like SENCo forums, newsletters, training and events.

Keep a look out for NE Lincs New to SENCo training that will be launched in the next fortnight. The first intro workshop is free.

SEND Training

We are delighted to be able to offer SEND training this academic year for SENCos, Teachers and TAs as well as parents/carers, and other professionals.

Courses offered include:

  • NE Lincs EHC Hub training for SENCOs
  • Makaton in the Community Taster Session
  • Makaton in the Community Level 1 & 2
  • Making Sense of Autism
  • Autism and inclusion
  • Schools’ good autism practice
  • Schools AET Progression Framework
  • Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism Collaborative Programme International Conference
  • Intro to SENDIASS, SEN Support and EHCP process
  • Workforce SEND Sleep Awareness Workshop
  • Sleep Practitioner training
  • Sleep Champion Workshop

For further details of the training courses, including prices (if applicable), information on and details on how to book a place please take a look at NELC SEND Local Offer | SEND Training and Events (nelincs.gov.uk)


Please remember any pupil with an ECHP in years 6, 11 or Year 2 if in an infant school should have their Annual Review this autumn term.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Transitions (nelincs.gov.uk) and here NELC SEND Local Offer | Capturing the voice of the child (nelincs.gov.uk) to find out more about capturing the voice of the child.

If you have questions about SEND we are always here to help.

Please don’t hesitate to email sen@nelincs.gov.uk.