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Early Years Area SENCo Team (formerly SENDIT)
Promoting and supporting inclusive practice in Early Years settings
The Early Years Area SENCo Team (formerly SENDIT) provide support, guidance and challenge to over 100 Early Years group-based settings and registered childminders. We promote and support early identification of needs and effective inclusive practice, enabling providers to improve outcomes for children with SEND aged 0-5 years.

The team also help with requests for Inclusion Support funding via our Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Panel (SENDIP) please visit our SENDIP Webpage for more information (under useful links).

Our team:
Melanie Da Costa, Senior Area SENCO Advisory Teacher 07977 228317

Bobbie Rogers, Area SENCO Advisory Teacher 07530 263041

Verrity Simons, Senior Area SENCO Advisory Practitioner 07875 488027

Casual Area SENCos
Julie Adams
Julia Wallcroft

If you have any queries or would like additional information please contact the Area SENCo Advice Line (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm)
Telephone: 01225 39 6912 or via email area_sencos@bathnes.gov.uk

or write to us at Bath and North East Somerset Council, Early Years SEN Team, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG
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Training & Events

25 Feb
EYFS - Equalities Guidance Folder Refresher
Monday 25th February 2019 - reg. 6.30pm (6.45pm - 8.45pm) - Keynsham Civic Centre - Keynsham W1.1 Conference Room This session is an opportunity for Equalities leads, whether new or looking for a refresher, to revisit the Equalities Guidance folder which was issued in 2013. The Equalities Guidance Folder is a practical reference tool to support your work on equality, diversity and inclusion. The session will be an opportunity to become familiar with the contents of the folder and share and discuss effective practice around some aspects of equalities, including the Serious Equality Incident Report Form (SEIRF). As part of your role as Equality Leader, Ofsted may require you to demonstrate the effective equalities practice in your setting.
26 Feb
Primary Assessment Briefing for Headteachers and Senior Leaders
The STA produce updates for LAs and schools along with guidance on how to administer the tests. This session will go through the latest information as we have it, including what we know of the new assessments arrangements for the new primary curriculum. We will also look at EYFS and the LA's moderation process for all assessments as required by STA.
26 Feb
EYFS - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Tuesday 26th February 2019 - Keynsham Community Space, Keynsham - 6.30pm - 8.30pm (reg. 6.15pm) Trainer: DCI Leanne Pook (Designated Lead for FGM) This session will provide an overview of FGM and your responsibilities. It will contain information on how to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM and how to support those who have been subjected to the practice.