• The South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools


Welcome to SWALSS

Hello and a very warm welcome to the SWALSS website! We hope that you find the site interesting and informative. If you are a leader in a special school and you are not yet a member of SWALSS, we would love to hear from you.

The South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS) was formed in 1985, initially to provide support and professional development to special school headteachers. Since that time we have broadened our reach and now offer well regarded conferences and other training opportunities to Deputy/Assistant Headteachers, Middle Leaders, School Business Managers and Governors. SWALSS is a voluntary organisation and is entirely dependent upon the funding it can generate through membership subscription, the running of events and sponsorship. 

‘SWALSS is dedicated to improving the education and care of children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities.’

News and Updates
SWALSS and the Teaching School Council SW Working in Partnership SW SEND Conference: 7th November 2019

Over 150 delegates attended the South West SEND Conference last week at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset. The first of its type, the purpose of the conference was to encourage supportive joint working between special and mainstream schools and to advance our understanding of teaching schools and the ‘school led system’. The […]

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Principal of School Vacancy

This is an exciting opportunity to join The Milestone School, which is part of the newly established SAND Academies Trust. The Trust aims to Support Achievement and Nurture Development. SAND consists of two Special Schools, with two more due to join in February 2020.
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