Welcome To EQUALS
EQUALS is committed to improving the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through supporting high quality education.
To promote, share and reflect best practice in learning and teaching through collaborative working with practitioners and professionals at a national, regional and local level.
EQUALS is a registered charity, committed to supporting the work of teachers of pupils with profound, multiple and severe learning difficulties. EQUALS is non-profit making and has to self finance all of its activities. EQUALS have now been offering its services to schools for 22 years. In this time it has built up a strong record in supporting teachers, who are teaching pupils who are working with the full range of the P Scales and the early levels of the National Curriculum.
Members of the EQUALS Executive have been involved in a number of projects seeking to influence the development of new national initiatives. By being a member of EQUALS you can inform our Executive of issues that affect the pupils in your school and we in turn can raise the issues with the government and other SEN related organisations. The strength of EQUALS is that it is managed by teachers, for teachers. It is a professional organisation that seeks to deliver the highest standards of education to pupils with learning difficulties. EQUALS endeavors to respond quickly to provide focused seminars, workshops and teaching materials that enhance teacher practices in the classroom.
We were delighted to hear that Bernadette Knill and John Ayres two of the founding Trustees of EQUALS were awarded OBEs in the recent New Year’s honours for their services to Special Education.
Bernadette recently retired as Head Teacher at Priory Woods School.
click here to read more at Teeside News – Gazettealive.co.uk
John Ayres continues to serve as Principal of The Eden Academy.
click here to read more at West London News – Getwestlondon.co.uk
If you are not a member, please help support the work of EQUALS by subscribing today. Please visit our Membership Page for further information. In addition to receiving discounts on resources and events and a news bulletin, EQUALS members also have access to exclusive information and materials from EQUALS. New content has been added September 2015 related to EYFS Baseline Assessment and some materials related to School Governance. More content will appear in the members only area of our website over the coming months.
EQUALS Summer Conference
Gaining and Maintaining ‘Outstanding’ Status
Date: Friday 1st July 2016, 9.15 am – 3.30 pm
Venue: Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, Central London, WC1H 0DG.
EQUALS is holding a national conference ‘Gaining and Maintaining ‘Outstanding’ status’, which is relevant to professionals working in the education sector particularly School Leaders, School Governors and Local Authority Officers. It will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore how Ofsted evaluates outstanding practice, what makes a school outstanding and by looking at two case studies, one school’s journey from special measures to outstanding, and how Swiss Cottage School by embedding a positive culture and professional learning community maintains its outstanding status. Confirmed speakers are:
- Phil Harrison HMI, Ofsted Regional Lead for Special Educational Needs and Disability on How Ofsted evaluates outstanding practice.
- Debbie Gerring Head Teacher, St Martin’s Special School, Derby on The journey from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’.
- Vijita Patel Associate Principal of Swiss Cottage School, London on How Swiss Cottage School maintains ‘outstanding’ status.
- Peter Imray Special Educational Needs Consultant on Curriculum developments: The EQUALS SoW Initiative.
1 Day Conference
Multi Academy Trusts (MATS)
The current reality and exemplars of outstanding practice in special school settings
Date: Friday 11th November 2016, 9.15 am – 3.30 pm
Venue: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ.
Equals is holding a national conference focussing on Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) a key issue for all schools in the current climate. The conference is being held in central London on 11th November 2016.
The conference will give delegates the opportunity to hear from the National Schools Commissioner about the direction of travel regarding MATs and from highly effective School Leaders who already work within a MAT, including an example of successfully establishing a Free School for pupils with special educational needs. Confirmed speakers are:
- Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner on an overview of the work of existing Multi-academy Trusts (MATS), lessons learnt and models of good practice.
- John Ayres OBE, Principal of the Eden Academy on his experiences in establishing and operating a five (including a Free School) special school MAT, including assessing the benefits and challenges of becoming a special MAT and improving resilience and capacity to meet increasing accountability.
- Jackie Smith, Executive Head Teacher, Uplands School (TES School of the Year 2015) on her experiences of establishing and operating a MAT, including determining the structure, the school board, and the responsibilities of Teaching and Learning and the Business Function.
- Clare Devine, Principal, Beaumont Hill Academy on Orthodox and paradox – the evolving nature of a Multi-Academy Trust. The development of a unique MAT consisting of a mainstream secondary school, a mainstream primary school and an all age special school.
Please click on speakers for Pen Portraits and further information.
The conference will be of interest to school leaders and governors, especially in the light of the Government’s stated wish to see
“a dynamic school-led system where every school is an academy and where pupils, parents and communities are empowered to have a more significant voice in schools, and more schools working together in multi-academy trusts (MATs)”