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Philippa Stobbs

Philippa Stobbs

Assistant Director: Education,
Council for Disabled Children

Philippa has played a key role in crafting, challenging and championing education policy in her various roles in the public and voluntary sector. A trained teacher and occupational therapist with a Masters in the education of children with special needs, she began her career in mainstream and special schools, became an advisory teacher, then an inspector for the Inner London Education Authority. When she joined the Council for Disabled Children, she set up the Special Educational Consortium to create a national campaigning voice for the disabled children’s sector and set about helping to establish and develop parent partnership services (now known as Information, Advice and Support services). She has worked in Parliament during the passage of legislation; reviewed inclusion in one of our most inclusive local authorities; contributed to the development of several Codes of Practice; was seconded into the DfE as SEN and disability professional adviser; advised on an inclusive early years project in Europe; is currently leading a DfE-funded project to increase access and inclusion in the early years; and works as part of the team providing support to the DfE as strategic partner on SEN and disability.

  • Providing an update on the status of SEND at a national level
  • Evaluating the roll out of resources and support through the Whole School SEND Consortium, and how these efforts have improved practice in special and mainstream schools
  • Considering SENCo workloads: How the National SENCO Workload Survey fed into the Whole School SEND Effective Deployment project, the success of the project so far, and the latest feedback on the Survey results
  • Discussing the ongoing challenges for the sector, including data collection and effective use, and priorities moving forward to ensure standards are raised, particularly around co-production