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Gloucestershire SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Cluster Meetings

The Local Authority (LA) support the effective collaboration between SENCos and LA professionals through a SENCo Cluster Programme.  This support through the Cluster Meetings will help SENCos to enhance the provision for Gloucestershire's children with SEND, in turn raising their attainment and achievement, accelerating progress and raising their aspirations.

Primary and Secondary SENCo clusters in Gloucestershire are open to all settings, including Alternative Provision Services, Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service and Special Schools.

Objective of the meetings are:

To ensure that the clusters:

  • Have a positive impact on improving SEND provisions and outcomes for Gloucestershire children
  • Are evaluated and have their effectiveness and impact on the provisions and outcomes for SEND children measured
  • Give SENCos the opportunity to meet regularly to share and develop good pracice within their local area
  • Provide all SENCos with the same messages and updates about national and local initiatives
  • Provide all SENCos with the same opportunities to discuss SEND issues with LA Professionals and other schools
  • Provide all SENCos with the same opportunities for CPD
  • Share strategies and practice that help accelerate the progress of children with SEND
  • Support the implementation of Gloucestershire's Graduated Pathway

Each of the clusters will be led by the Lead Advisory Teacher and a local SENCo representative.  They will be supported by representatives from relevant LA teams, including the Educational Psychology Service and SEN Monitoring and School Support Team.

There are at least 3 meetings per year with a set agenda to include national and local updates.  In addition, and in response to identified needs, the clusters themselves are able to arrange extra meetings to support their own CPD.  Cluster groups are dificied in to localities:

Primary Schools 

  • Gloucester North Primaries
  • Gloucester South Primaries
  • Forest Primaries
  • Mid and North Cotswold Primaries
  • Tewkesbury Primaries
  • Cheltenham Primaries
  • Stroud Primaries
  • Cam and Dursley Primaries
  • Cirencester Primaries

Secondary Schools

  • Gloucester and Forest Secondary
  • Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cotswold Secondary
  • Stroud, Cirencester, Cam and Dursley Secondary

For more information, contact Wendy Dyer on 01452 425417 or email

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