What is the EMSYH SEND Hub?

"EMSYH is a diverse region and one which is populated with a wealth of expertise and talent in the provision for pupils with SEND.  Through use of the WSS SEND Framework, we believe that we can build a community of learning within each sub-region, which will support our vision for a regional hub.  We have been overwhelmed by the support and commitment of colleagues to share their practice, and wish to support them in liberating the talent in our schools for the benefit of all"

Whole School SEND

Whole School SEND’s strategy focusses on embedding SEND into school improvement with the development of a Community of Practice.  This growing Community of Practice currently has more than 4500 schools/settings and providers and is set to rise to 10,000 by the end of the contract.  The Whole School SEND Schools’ Workforce contract is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND by networking, collaborating and unlocking the answers that exist within the system.

Regional SEND Development - June 2019

  • SEND Regional Leads

    The regional SEND lead for the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and the Humber is Judith Smith, and the position of deputy is filled by Jane Starbuck. Judith is currently the Executive Headteacher at Talbot Specialist School and Fuision TSA in Sheffield, as well as being an NLE and as a school improvement advisor. Jane was once a headteacher, and now is the Inclusion Lead for a network of Newark schools, including both primary and secondary schools.

    Jane and Judith would welcome the opportunity to talk to colleagues, so please do get in touch:

    Judith Smith, RSL.EMSYH@wholeschoolsend.com

    Jane Starbuck, DRSL.EMSYH@wholeschoolsend.com

  • TSC SEND School Improvement Partnership commission

    TSC SEND School Improvement Partnership requires two lead Teaching Schools per TSC region to deliver this commission;

    1. A partnership between a Special School that would benefit from working more closely with a mainstream Teaching School and explore how the partnership could drive improvement within the Special school.

    2. A partnership between a mainstream school that would benefit from working more closely with a Special Teaching School and explore how the partnership could drive improvement provision for pupils with SEND within the mainstream school. 

    We are delighted to confirm the 2 successful applicants are;

    Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance, Nottinghamshire 

    mainstream Teaching School supporting a special school partnership

    Inclusive Teaching School Alliance, Derby 

    Special Teaching School leading a mainstream school partnership

  • SEND Gateway
  • SEND Events

    Special TSA Network

    Date: Thursday 14th November

    Time: 10 – 12

    Venue: Holiday Inn, junction 28, M1

    If you would like to attend please contact Judith Smith RSL.EMSYH@wholeschoolsend.com or Jane Starbuck DRSL.EMSYH@wholeschoolsend.com

    Judith Smith and Jane Starbuck, Whole School SEND Regional Leads, have been allocated funding to host a variety of SEND CPD events across the region;


    Whole School SEND Conferences Dates

    Every Leader a Leader of SEND - Malcolm Reeves & The Driver Youth Trust

    8th November 2019 – Cedar Court, Wakefield

    13th February 2020 – Holiday Inn, South Normanton, J28


    Building Capacity through inclusive partnerships - Daniel Sobel – “Inclusion Expert” & Regional Special TSA’s

    3rd December 2019 – Hilton York

    16th January 2020 – ALIVE Conferences, Lincoln


    Save the Date: A Region United – a working title!

    12th March 2020 – Tankersley Manor, Sheffield

    You can book your place by clicking here and searching for the events by the calendar date.


    Whole School SEND Free Training

    A reminder of the two opportunities available to access free SEND reviewer training for SLE's, LLE's and NLE's within our region.

    Wednesday 16 October,10.00 – 15.00

    Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire, Carlton St., Scunthorpe, DN15 6TA

    You can book your place here.


    Tuesday 5th November, 10.00 – 15.00       

    Santo’s Higham Farm Hotel, Main Road, Higham, Derby, DE55 6EH

    You can book your place here.