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Virtual School for SEND

The Virtual School for Special Education Needs and Disabilities SEND) is a service for educators.

What does the service do?

We work with mainstream schools, including academies and free schools, to support them to meet the needs of their learners with SEND. We work with other departments in the council and health, to help schools fulfill their duties set out in the Equality Act 2010, the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice 2015. We do this through:

  • SEND Know How, to inspire, inform and empower through a professional development suite that includes conferences, videos, workshops, SEND forums, webinars, ITT links, presentations, NQT training and Norfolk SENDCo Now training.
  • Targeted support
  • Offering advice and challenge
  • Co-producing the SEN Support Guidance: provision expected at SEN Support

The Virtual SEND oversees the allocation of  Element 3 SEN funding for schools from the high needs block (HNB).

We want to ensure that all Norfolk schools feel supported by us and have an inclusive culture. 

We foster relationships with other agencies working within the field of SEND, including local groups and national organisations.  

Who is in the Virtual School for SEND team?  

  • Head of Virtual School SEND - Steph Askew
  • SEND Adviser - Alison Toombs, leading on Funding
  • SEND Adviser – Dawn Jones, leading on Medical and Health needs
  • SEND Advisor – Matt Ridley, leading on Post-16
  • Business Support Officer – Jennie Freeman
  • Finance Officer – Amanda Seely

SEND forum for SEND professionals

We lead the SEND forum for SEND professionals. Forums are organised termly across the County.  Read further information and find out how to join.

Contact us

If you are a SENCo, headteacher or senior leader in a school:

You can request support:

You can contact us regarding a funding query:

You can also request support and advice regarding INDES and IPSEF: 

If you are a parent/carer, child or young person:

You should not contact us as our service is for educators. If you want confidential advice, support and information about SEND contact Norfolk SEND Partnership.