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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. 

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Backdrop's founder and director conducts all the secondary and special school reviews in the State of Jersey Inclusive Education and Early Years Review.

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 work was led by the national SEND charity nasen and Jon was part of the team. 

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 founder and director is team lead and coauthor of 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 (


Article: A Question of Time, Priorities and Considerations for the Catch Up Funding.

The latest article published in Headteachers Update on the 21st October 2020. Co - written by Jon Gibson (Director and Lead Consultant) and Ben Slater from Fiveways Devon.  We hope you find this useful. 

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'Our day with Jon was very useful and has left us with a clear plan regarding our next steps. His work has underpinned much of our recent self-evaluation but added an expert view on how to move things forward. Advice and strategies shared to date have been very useful and Jon was supportive and thought provoking throughout his visit. We very much look forward to the opportunity to work with Jon in the future.'
Headteacher, Middle School

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