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

SWALSS actively seeks to represent the views of its members to all the major educational organisations including, DFE, OfSTED, NC, NASS and the SSAT.
SWALSS promotes collaboration between professionals throughout the South of England and Wales to improve the quality of education and care for children with special educational needs. This is achieved through programmes offering high quality professional development.
We are a not-for-profit association and have over 100 special school members! Join the association today!

Our History

Formed as a professional association in 1985, with the prime purpose being to organise CPD for Headteachers, Deputies, Middle Leaders and School Business Managers through conferences, workshops and training programmes.

We have four aims

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  • To promote collaboration between professionals in improving the quality of education and care for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • To promote and enhance high quality leadership, management and professional practice in special schools and colleges across the full range of SEND settings.
  • To have the capacity, expertise and credibility to influence national and regional policy through consultation with the Department for Education (DfE), Ofsted, the Teaching Schools Council and other key stakeholders.
  • To operate as a high quality, not-for-profit organisation within a rigorous quality assurance framework.
The purpose and operating practices of SWALSS are all set out in our Constitution, which is updated annually.
As a voluntary organisation operating in the fast moving world of special education, it is essential that SWALSS works proactively to remain viable and relevant. 
We listen carefully to our member schools in order to provide exactly what they need. 
Our Executive Committee maintains an action plan that details the development work we are currently engaged upon.

SWALSS Achievement Awards

At the Headteachers conference in January 2019, we are trialling the introduction of two SWALSS Awards for notable achievement. Both of the Awards are:
The SWALSS Lifetime Achievement in SEND Award 
This award will celebrate sustained and effective special school leadership by one of our members.
The SWALSS Award for Innovation in SEND
This award will highlight creative and exciting practice by one of our schools during the past year.
Nominations can be made at any time during the school year leading up to the conference by clicking the button which says "nominate" on this page.
If these trial awards prove popular at the Headteachers Conference this year, we will introduce them to our three other annual conferences as well.

Member Surveys

We intend to introduce surveys of our members in order to ensure that we are providing the kind of opportunities and support that you value. We aim to get this under-way with our first survey in Spring 2019.
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