Catalyst SENDCo Network April 2023

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This SENDCO Network was held at the Old Parsonage, with information from Kivlan Legate, Trainee Educational Psychologist on his doctoral thesis project 'Community Cohesion in Schools'. Dr Teresa Regan and Grace Stevens had updates on resources that have been posted to the website.  


Community Cohesion in Schools

Following the Manchester arena attack, the Department For Education commissioned two training packages. One training package focused on critical incident response in schools, and one focused on community cohesion in schools. The DFE commissioned a research project to develop the training resources into an online resource that could be used flexibly by EPs. This project was taken on by Kivlan Legate as his thesis for the Child and Educational Psychology doctoral training at the University of Manchester. It is a participatory action research project, and involved six EPs from services across the North West who met 8 times from Sept 2021 to April 2023. 

Kiv presented the background to his research, and the SENDCOs who attended the network had a preview of the resources and training materials that will be available online. The resources are not available to share publicly currently; however we wish Kiv the best of luck as he submits his thesis, and completes the last term of his training as an Trainee EP! 


SENDCO Resource Update: file link

These resources have been 'curated' by Grace Stevens, assistant psychologist, within the headings on the Resilience Framework. The attached document provides links to recent information and resources in each of the 5 aspects of  Resilience. All links are to our Catalyst website, with information and downloadable resources.


Additional Updates 

Powerpoint link

Dr Teresa Regan shared the following updates: 

Cheetham Hill Advice Centre are offering free cost of living group sessions

  • Cheetham Hill Advice Centre 0161 740 8999
  • Will travel to different localities
  • Choice of date
  • Advisor for queries and interpreters if needed

Cherry Garden School are advertising online training for using their branch maps. There are 3 hour long sessions at a cost of £25.

The Bell Foundation have an activity available to download on their website:Jack and the Beanstalk - The Bell Foundation (

​The resources include: 

  • Barrier game
  • Flashcards
  • Matching pairs
  • Useful for SEND children as well as EAL (not grouped together)


Autistic Girls Network have published a document with ideas for reasonable adjustments that can be made in school.