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.
Abigail is experienced in leading SEN reviews in schools to establish the strengths and areas for development.
Abigail Hawkins was a SENDCO for nearly 25 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.
Abigail couldn’t leave the classroom behind. Alongside her consultancy work for Edukey she
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A bit about me
Abigail Hawkins FCCT
SENDCO & DSL, Education Consultant – Director
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 along with 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!) 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?
What I Do Best
the supportive bit
* Support in a difficult meeting
* Suggesting ways forward for SEN interventions (groups or individuals)
* Establishing departmental procedures for SEN
* Firefighting – the call is imminent what do we need to do first?
* Strategic SEN planning – what do we want to achieve, by when and how can we do it?
the teaching bit
* Staff training for SEND
* Conferences, Workshops and Key Note presentations about strategies for special educational needs, provision mapping or interventions
* Working with companies to ensure their products meet the needs of SENCOs and taking those products into school to produce research evidence
The research bits
* Research and advice for you based on your needs/requirements
* Produce evidence based results to how a SEN product actually helps the children or young people
* Creating a staff SEN library
* Resourcing an Enhanced Provision or setting up a special unit within your school
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.
* SEN Reviews with follow-up and action plans tailored to each school individually
What else will I do?
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!
And you get a good deal too...
Because of my links to various companies, when you engage my services I have specially negotiated discounts with many of them all ready to offer – but no sales pitch from me…if it’s not the right thing for you then it won’t even feature in our conversations.