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SENCO Development Group

What is it?

The SENCO Development Group providesan opportunity for SENCOs to share good practice and discuss issues relevant to them and their schools. This group will also be a good opportunity to raise any queries, particularly in relation to the impending changes in the world of special educational needs.

Who is the Course Leader?

 Judi Jackson

Specialism: Special Educational Needs


Judi is Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at Applegarth Primary School in Northallerton since 2008 and has taught from Y1 to Y6, with most of her experience being in UKS2.  As SENCO, Judi has supported teachers and teaching assistants, both formally and informally, and has led a successful SENCO cluster for local SENCOs.  She has worked hard to develop effective working relationships with professionals and to raise awareness of and lead different aspects of SEN, preparing for the imminent changes.   “The provision for pupils with disabilities and those with special educational needs is exceptionally well managed.” Ofsted, June 2014

As a former NYCC Leading Teacher for Teaching and Learning (Assessment), she has had experience of developing schools and individuals to improve the quality of teaching through modelling, demonstration lessons, coaching and delivering staff training in schools and for the LA based on her own classroom practice.  


When is it?

There will be three sessions running over the academic year (one per term).  The next session is:

Thursday 26th September 2019

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Thursday 18th June 2020

All sessions will be held at Brompton on Swale CE Primary School in the Alliance Meeting Room from 1.15 p.m.  Please park in the Crown Pub car park or the Church Hall car park and walk through to school.

If you wish to book onto this session, please contact Margaret on

What is the cost?

There is no cost for these courses to our partnership schools.

Schools that are not partnered with the Swaledale Alliance are welcome to attend, however there is a fee of £60 per delegate.

Email: or Tel: 01748 818195

If you would like contact Judi Jackson (SENCO Course Leader) for more information about what can be included in the sessions, please see details below

 Email:  Tel: 01609 773521 

Are you new to the SENCO role?  Have a look at our workshop at:

New to the SENCO Role

Useful links:

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