London Borough of Croydon

Support for SENCOS



Primary and secondary briefings are held termly to provide:

  • Updates on local and national developments in SEND
  • Forum to share best practices
  • Learn about new initiatives to support inclusion and outcome for pupils with SEND
  • Opportunity for peer networking.
  • Opportunity to explore in more depth and topical issues.


The sessions are jointly led by Octavo Improvement and Development Service, Octavo Educational Psychologist Service and representatives from Croydon LA Inclusion and SEND Service.


Guest speakers are often invited to present at the sessions.


Charges:  Annual subscription for three briefings for up to two members of staff  £356, otherwise the charge is £136 a session.






Tues. 30 October 1.30 – 4.30

Jurys Inn

Wed. 31 October 1.30 -4.30 pm

Octavo training room


Thurs. 28 February 1.30 – 4.30

Jurys Inn

Wed. 27 February 1.30 -4.30 pm

Octavo training room


Wed. 12 June 1.30 – 4.30

Jurys Inn

6 June 1.30 -4.30 pm

Octavo training room

For more information and booking go to


Croydon Primary Cluster Groups

The four regional cluster groups meet at least termly to offer opportunity for SENCOs to discuss and share best practice, new initiatives and any emerging issues. The groups provide opportunity for peer networking and support for SENCOS.

Guest speakers from local services and other agencies are often invited to share information on certain topics.

For more information contact the primary cluster leader(s) in your area.



Mary Mantilas
DHT, St. Cyprian’s School

Caroline Hart
AHT, Forestdale Primary School

Tracey Whiting

DHT, Greenvale Primary School



Natalie Conway
AHT, Woodcote Primary School

Helen Walsh
SENCO/Inclusion Lead, Elmwood Infants School




Other SEND Training Events

 Spring and Summer 2019: Octavo training events


Who for?



Theory and Practice of Nurture – 3-day accredited course

Teachers and Support Staff


11 March 09.30 – 16.30

12 March 09.30 -16.30

1 May 09.30 -16.30

Octavo training room


(2nd delegate £260)

Understanding SEND – What all governors need to know

School Governors and SLT.

9 May 19.00 -20.00

Bernard Weatherill House

If your school has not bought an Octavo Governors training package £104

Nurture Forum

School staff involved in leading or interested in leading provision or approaches

12 June 14.00 – 15.30

Annual subscription for three forums for up to two members of staff  £356, otherwise the charge is £136 a session.


For more information about each event and booking arrangements go to


Croydon Dyslexia Association

ADHD – just a way of excusing the behaviour of naughty small boys’

Talk by Garret Smyth, founder of the central London adult ADHD support group about how ADHD is diagnosed in children and adults, what it is often mistaken for (a lot of things), its comorbidities (such as dyslexia), ways of treating and managing it.

When? Monday 18 March 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Where?  United Reformed Church Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, CR0 5LP

Who? Families and practitioners

Cost? There is no charge for CDA members, £5 for non-members.

Details of all meetings on the  CDA website