SENtient Trust

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“Every learner will be empowered and enabled to lead an independent, healthy and fulfilling life”

The Trust formed in July 2012 and comprises of 11 special schools and settings across Devon including Ellen Tinkham. As a co-operative movement, its aims are:

  • ensuring that all have full and fair access to specialist resources according to their respective identified needs
  • ensuring that all have equality of opportunities in each and every aspect of their education
  • ensuring that all have a voice that is at least as high profile as their mainstream peers
  • building a coherent and inspiring learning journey for all
  • increasing engagement and ownership of the schools within their respective communities (local, regional and specialist communities)
  • working in partnership with other schools and colleges to promote best possible outcomes
  • supporting each and every school within the Trust to raise standards

Ellen Tinkham School is also a member of SHAD
(Special Heads Association Devon)

SHAD recognises our students are an untapped resource in society and a gift to educators. SHAD Heads represent students and their specialist provisions to ensure they are considered at the forefront of all consultation, policy and procedures instigated by partner agencies. Jacqui Warne, Executive Head is a member of the Executive Committee for SHAD

SHAD aims to:

  • Spread, support & share good practice in all aspects of special education Locally, Countywide and Nationally.
  • Represent and convey the views of our specialist practitioner members through high quality consultation with our lead partner agencies (DCC, 0-25 Team, Children’s Trust, etc.).
  • Facilitate high quality effective peer support, communication and interaction between our members and our partner agencies.
  • Represent the highly specialised, complex and individualised needs of our pupils and students to our partner agencies at all levels.
  • To work in full collaboration with DAPH, DASH and DAG to promote and develop a high quality Vision for Learning for all of Devon’s children on an equitable basis.
  • Facilitate and share research and development relating to the creation of excellent provision for learners with SEN and Disabilities and in line with the SHAD Vision.

Everyone will be the best they can be. No-one is excluded. Everyone has a voice.


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