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SENAD Group Welcome New Directors

After 15 years tireless work across the SENAD Group Mark Flynn, Chief Operations Officer has retired and he left the SENAD Group on the 31st August 2022. We wish Mark a long, happy and healthy retirement and send huge thanks to him for all the fantastic work he did for the Group.

We’re pleased to welcome 2 new Directors who joined the team on Monday 5th September.

Suzanne Pennington -Director of Education

After being Head Teacher of a large Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ special school in Buckinghamshire, Suzanne relocated to Derbyshire in 2012, joining the SENAD Group as Head Teacher of Pegasus School. She then successfully commissioned and set up both Ecclesbourne Lodge and OneNineFive transitional homes on behalf of the Group as she struggled to find suitable adult provision for Pegasus School leavers. Suzanne then joined St Andrew’s School in Derby as Head Teacher; a ‘Good’ school with a residential department that was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ at the first inspection under her tenure.

Suzanne is passionate about coaching and mentoring staff to achieve the best outcomes – for themselves and for the young people with whom they work. Suzanne was a Director of the Derby Teaching School’s Alliance, working across the City to provide high quality training for staff in all school settings. The focus was ensuring equality of opportunity and inclusion for learners with additional needs.

Suzanne has worked for over 30 years in specialist settings advocating for adults and young people with SEND. She has been successful at leading schools, colleges and adult settings to become highly effective organisations, also contributing to the development of specialist educational services locally through focus groups and working parties, countrywide through DfE action groups; and internationally in Moscow and Japan.

Mark Ryder – Director of Children’s Social Care.

Mark started his career as a qualified Social Worker and was then a Care Inspector for 11 years, 7 of which with Ofsted. In 2014 he joined the SENAD Group as Head of Care at Alderwasley Hall School and was part of the team in getting the care provisions to ‘Outstanding’ at both the Lower and Upper School sites for three successive years.

Mark has since worked with a large SEN provider as their Senior Regional Operations Manager where he was the Responsible Individual for 5 children’s homes and led on compliance for a further 27 homes. He was also the National Lead Safeguarding Manager for this group and more lately, he leads the care division with a group specialising in SEN and EBD children’s homes in the Midlands area.

Mark has successfully registered a number of specialist homes and received good and outstanding Ofsted grades for newly created and developing services. He is committed to excellent outcomes for young people and is a strong advocate for them, Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role and is looking forward to meeting with and supporting both previous and new colleagues.

Good luck To Our LD & Autism Awards Finalists

Good luck to our fantastic colleagues who are finalists in this years National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards, taking place tonight (8th July) in Birmingham.
We have finialists in the following categories:
Positive Behaviour Support Award
Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
Complex Support Worker
The Lord Rix Award for Supporting Older People with Learning Disabilities
Social Care Covid Hero
Support Worker (independent sector)

Have a fantastic evening!
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A Right Royal Jubliee Celebration at Ecclesbourne Lodge

It was so good to have everyone together again and we braved the weather to enjoy the day.

Here’s to many more get togethers to make up for lost time

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the staff who contributed to the day… Lauren J the cakes were delicious!! Thank you

Marking Social Care Day of Remembrance & Reflection

Today is Social Care Day of Remembrance & Reflection. It is 2 years since the start of the pandemic and when the UK went into Lockdown. Today is a day for us to pay tribute to all the people who work in social care, whether that be as a carer, maintenance, part of the domestic or catering team, or in a supporting admin role. Thank you.

Awarding Staff for Excellence

In May 2021 we launched the very first SENAD Staff Awards to celebrate excellence by recognizing members of our team that have gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of those we educate, care and support.
Award winners were announced at the end of the year, with 153 members of staff from disciplines across the group, receiving awards for their contribution to their service. 50 of these winners went on to win the overall SENAD Group awards. Categories included Care Practitioner of the year, Domestic Champion to IT Champion, and nominations were open to all employees. Huge congratulations to all of the 2021 winners… Look out for nominations opening for the 2022 awards soon.

Ram Trail Events for Children with SEN.

10-year Service Celebrations for Laurel

Congratulations to Laurel Howell, Shift Manager at Ecclesbourne Lodge, who is celebrating 10 years service at the home. Laurel was treated to her favourite kind of buffet… a cake buffet! She was also presented with gifts and a letter from the SENAD Group Directors thanking her for continued hard work and dedication to the young adults and the staff at the home.

Ecclesbourne Lodge – Growing for Wellbeing

The young adults at Ecclesbourne Lodge took part in National Growing for Wellbeing Week. They thoroughly enjoyed the activity and all of them got involved. They will now all tend and grow their own plants and vegetables

Growing for Wellbeing Week is a national event that took place on the 7th – 13th June 2021. The week is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill-health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and ‘grow your own in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief.

Gardening improves mental health, enables better physical health, provides an opportunity to connect with others, acquire new skills and enjoy the great outdoors.

After all, It’s not what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.