About ME

01. Strategic

Abigail knows from experience that the SENCO role is a strategic one…but one in which the individual concerned spends a lot of time putting out the current fires before they can consider the future.

02. Professional

Abigail Hawkins was a SENDCO for over 20 years of her teaching career. With experience across the whole age range (from 2 years to adults) and across a wide variety of settings and subjects, she is well placed to provide SEN advice for SENDCOs who have simply run out of ideas/juice! Whether you need a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear, support with processes or paperwork, planning for the future, or fighting the current fire, Abigail can provide the advice and support you need to succeed in your role.

03. Loyal

Abigail couldn’t leave the classroom behind.  Alongside her consultancy work for Edukey she write books for SENCOs to support them with their role, is Chair of Governors (in three schools), has a strong Edu-Twitter presence and runs 2 Facebook groups.

Proven Success

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Abigail’s customers all provide feedback on her work and to date she has 100% positive feedback.  Whilst her SENCOs haven’t yet come back for repeat work (they have all the tools they need to continue without paying out again) they have recommended her services to others.

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Positive Feedback

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Further work

SENDCO Solutions – SEN Consutancy

A bit about me

Abigail Hawkins

SENDCO & DSL, Education Consultant – Director

SENDCO Solutions was born of frustration. When I was a SENDCO I just wanted someone who could help me out when I needed support, without making me feel inadequate, or that it was something I should already know the answer to. My local authority offered traded services but there was a limited continuity of staffing and what you got for your money reduced year on year.
Add to that the frustration that they would not just have a chat with me by email and everything had to be tied to a ‘name’ with a minimum amount of allocated time for each request. Internet research is great, so is reading SEN Journals and books…but there just wasn’t the time. And when it came to crunch-times in the year it was a struggle to fit everything in resulting in lost weekends and 3 am panics. I often needed/wanted an answer or help on a Saturday afternoon and of course, no one was around. Worse than anything else, my school refused to pay for anything. Even my NASEN subscription I had to pay for myself and most of my professional development courses such as Exam Concessions and EAL certification. And don’t get me started on a rant about buying suitable literacy resources for my lowest level learners! Looking for support the only services I could find were offered directly to schools (so incredibly expensive for an individual) and rather sparse on the ground. Again, most of them rely on visiting me in school and charging extortionate amounts for being on site, travelling and ‘follow’ up work. I JUST wanted an email response to a couple of questions like: How can I best support a student with Fragile X starting on Monday? Is there a decent computer or cloud-based safeguarding program I can use to reduce paperwork? What are my legal obligations as regards keeping records? What is a Passport and how do I write one? … you get the idea. In 2016 I was asked to take voluntary redundancy so that my school could restructure its SLT (you read that correctly! The school is now in special measures.) I leaped at the chance to take my vision of a decent support service and make it a reality. So, from September 2016 Hawkins SEN Consultancy (Special Needs Solutions) was in operation as a sole trader…except I was pregnant, and for the first time I had the chance to be a mum and not rush back to work. Hawkins SEN Consultancy has had a regular software client since September 2016 for whom I undertake the role of in-house SENDCO and DSL advisor. Re-establishing the business after 9 months of maternity leave I have relaunched with a new name SENDCO Solutions and full company status (11218170). Would you like to be part of the next chapter?

Features

What I Do Best

the supportive bit

* Support in a difficult meeting

* Suggesting ways forward for interventions (groups or individuals)

* Establishing departmental procedures

* Firefighting – the call is imminent what do we need to do first?

* Strategic planning – what do we want to achieve, by when and how can we do it?

the teaching bit

* Help analysing data

* Staff training

* Conferences, Workshops and Key Note presentations

* Working with companies to ensure their products meet the needs of SENCOs and taking those products into school to produce research evidence

The honest answer is I’ll turn my hand to pretty much anything!
I’m a SENDCO at heart…too many years in the role and in the classroom. And far too many years where the word, “no” was too far from my vocabulary.
I will help you with any SEN related issue, anything from a safeguarding perspective, EAL programmes of work, LAC reviews/interventions and evidencing or PP support. And the thing most SENDCOs seem to hate – data crunching!!!
What I won’t do? Lie to you if I think something isn’t right, provide you with a sticking plaster for a cut artery, fight your battles with staff (although I’ll guide you through it), paint a rosy picture for governors/SLT and parents if it isn’t a rosy picture!

The Administrative bits

* Getting the JCQ exam concessions completed and submitted

* Guidance writing learning plans and targets

* Assistance writing EHC requests and bids for Top Up funding

The long-term bit

* Suggesting software solutions for your Learning Plans, Provision Mapping, Literacy Assessment, Behaviour tracking, Safeguarding etc.

The research bits

* Research and advice for you based on your needs/requirements

* Creating a staff SEN library

Introducing The SENsible SENCO

A series of YouTube Videos

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