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May 06, 2017

Governor Training - 14th September 2022 from 6pm to 7.30pm.  Online!

Quickly understand what every governor is expected to know do for special needs, and have questions ready to use in meetings!

Jon Gibson, Backdrop Education's Director and Lead is here to help you.

He knows that when you start as a governor in a school there is a lot to learn. So, his session introduces governors to the statute, the guidance, the role of the SENDCo, SEND in OfSTED and what SEND is.

His wealth of knowledge as a school leader, school governor and education consultant is at your disposal.

He will also give you a set of questions ready for you to ask. Not just questions for SENDCo, but also questions about SEND for other leaders in the school. 

To book tickets follow this link:


Updates on recent work

Backdrop's executive coaching and mentoring programme continues to attract executive coachees and mentees. 

  • Backdrop is now conducting executive coaching for more and more senior leaders in business and schools.
  • The SENDCo mentee programme is attracting SENDCos from the South West (although the online method means location is not an issue).

Backdrop's DSL Supervision programme is now working with a trust level to support DSLs through DSL supervision. 

  • The team are pleased to be working with a trust to support the DSL programme for their DSLs. 
We are proud to announce that Backdrop's Jon Gibson conducted all the secondary and special school reviews for this project and also supported, through feedback, the writing of the final document. 

The State of Jersey  government website noted that the '

'The review recommends a shift in culture to meet the educational needs of all children and young people, including updating legislation and policies to be more in line with Government aspiration, providing more transparent data, and challenging the selective and separate nature of schooling in Jersey' Inclusive education review published (

To find a copy of the review visit here: Inclusive education review published (

Backdrop's education consultant is team lead on the  Guernsey and Alderney's SEND Review.

Backdrop's Jon Gibson was the team leader and project manager of nasen's SEND review team and worked with nasen's CEO, Prof. Adam Boddison, to co-author the SEND review for the Guernsey and Alderney government

The Guernsey and Alderney government website noted that the
'... wide-ranging review of Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in Guernsey and Alderney has found that there is some excellent, inclusive practice in place in fully States-funded schools and made recommendations to help ensure this is extended to all learners, all of the time.' (Guernsey and Alderney SEND Review - States of Guernsey (

To find a copy of the review visit here: Guernsey and Alderney SEND Review - States of Guernsey (

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