Fueling the wellbeing of SENCOs / SEND Leaders
If you meet either Anita or Abigail on your travels … do ask them for the New 2018-19 SENCO wellbeing sticker!
Both Abigail & Anita are experienced SENCOs and both underwent ‘stressful’ situations in the workplace. They have used the challenging circumstances of their situation to support and consider what other SENCOs may be going through. Anita first starting talking about SENCO Wellbeing at the nasen AGM in 2009. Since then, she has lead workshops and given keynotes on the topic including The Academies Show.
In 2016, Anita led four main projects to support and extend SENCO well-being:
Anita launched #senco5aday in January 2017. Anita is currently completing her PhD on the Professional Development of SENCOs and to that end is leading the BELAMS #SENDrig. Abigail works 1-to-1 with a number of SENCOs across England, rebuilding their confidence and ability to lead and manage SEND. In 2018, they joined forces together to really extend the work of SENCO wellbeing and invest in the workforce.
Why? There is a need to do much more ... SENCOs are like gold dust!
Blog: Time to take SENCO well-being to new level (2017)
Developing the project further in 2018, Anita & Abigail have re-grouped the original '5 a day' recommendations from the Foresight's (2008) study into three constructs that align with current research and thinking on prevention through an integrated approach. The three elements of #senco5aday are People, Place & Purpose
Over the course of the year, we will publish a #senco5aday blog to support SENCOs on:
The final two blogs (May & June 2019) for this academic year will support SENCOs plan and prepare for the next academic year.