The UK’s first SEN conference for Jewish schools

9 November 2012

Every child has the right to reach their full potential and everyone in this room has the ability to make that happen. Over the years, special needs haven’t changed- the only thing that has changed is our ability to recognise them.

The UK’s first SEN conference for Jewish schools held this week.

Norwood, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes) and The Board of Deputies, hosted the first SEN conference for Jewish schools on Wednesday, at the Jewish World ORT Centre in Camden, London. The conference welcomed 40 representatives from Jewish schools, including Governors, Head teachers and SENCOs and featured workshops in key areas such as inclusion, legal issues and battling the system.

The morning featured a keynote speech from André Imich, SEN advisor to the DfE, who said: "There is going to be radical change to the landscape of education and public services." He also advised: "Organisations that promote partnerships in schools are very important today…partnerships really are the only way forward- schools, working with schools".

David Ereira, Deputy Chair of the Trustee board at Norwood, who opened the conference, said: “Every child has the right to reach their full potential and everyone in this room has the ability to make that happen. Over the years, special needs haven’t changed- the only thing that has changed is our ability to recognise them.

Our community has a wealth of expertise, and if we do not share it amongst ourselves, we shall not reach the excellence we are capable of. Partnerships must be the way forward so we can set the standards for others to follow. It’s time we all shared expertise and good practice- we are here to help you all succeed and partnerships seem an easy and economical way forwards."

Charles Golding, Director of Communication and Marketing at Norwood said: “Norwood is delighted that so many representatives from across the Jewish educational spectrum were able to come together for this very important conference.

It is clear that our strategy moving forward should focus on pioneering future partnerships within the Jewish educational community. Working together, communication, information and best practice must be paramount to our objective.”