With a desire to provide a more personalised service, in 2017 Leonie Berry moved on from her Local Authority role in Warwickshire to establish Autism Supported. Significant demand from partner schools quickly created an opportunity to expand this vision to encompass a wider range of SEND support. Past colleagues from the LA joined Leonie to create SEND Supported and provide additional specialisms to address pupils’ Cognition & Learning and SEMH needs also.
Since 2017, SEND Supported has grown in both size and reputation. Acting in Warwickshire and the surrounding counties, the company continues to develop and has now worked across 9 counties, in partnership with more than 100 schools. We value our talented team of colleagues who share our passion and company vision for embracing difference.
SEND Supported recognises its responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. In accordance with statutory guidance, we employ a child-centred approach, based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of the children and young people we work with.
Consultants hold postgraduate qualifications in SEND and have extensive SEND experience, as well as a wide ranging background in class teaching. We work in partnership with young people, their schools and families to advise on tailoring individual support.
SEND Supported embraces difference and works flexibly and creatively to develop personalised approaches to learning. We are committed to collaborating with colleagues from education, health and social care, putting the needs of the young person at the heart of what we do. We can provide schools with an audit of SEND needs to enable strategic planning to prioritise pupil needs and deploy resources in the most effective way doing our best to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
What our clients say...
- I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Leo. She has been a true guiding light in very murky waters, and she has remained an essential support and warrior for my son's needs. Leo is exceedingly empathetic and understanding, and is unafraid to be a voice for the child. Her expertise is invaluable, as too is her warm and friendly nature.
- Fantastic training session from Clair and Lucy. I learnt a lot and have taken away useful strategies for supporting dyslexia and autism. A really informative afternoon – a lot to think about!
- Clair’s support and guidance has enabled me to flourish within my academic studies and development of self-belief.
- I cannot thank you and Lucy enough for all the help and support you have given me and my family over the past several weeks. Lucy has been so supportive, compassionate and knowledgeable throughout this ordeal, I don't know where we would have been without her.
- We can’t thank you enough Jo for all the support you have provided for G over the past five years. You have helped the whole family understand G's needs and so wonderfully celebrated his strengths. Thank you.
- What the team offer is priceless to a family in desperate need of support and guidance, so thank you for being there, for listening and helping us move forward. I know we couldn't have done it without you. Clare & Steve Dolphin
- Leonie, your passion, expertise, experience and positivity is so refreshing. My SENCo and I are very excited to be working with you.
- Lucy, thank you for the way you have supported me over the years; your breadth of knowledge and experience has been invaluable and I have learned a lot. (Secondary SENCo)
- Clare has been a pillar of strength for me personally in my early years as a SENCo and I am very grateful for her advice, guidance and support. We are very lucky to work with Clare and the SEND Supported team.
- Clare is such fantastic support for the pupils of our school. She forms really strong relationships with our pupils and puts them at their ease.
- You have done some wonderful work. I have frequently been filled with warmth knowing these vulnerable young people have been supported by such skilled, warm and understanding people.
- Leo has always provided experienced, knowledgeable support in helping me to work with pupils with a variety of Special Needs. Leo is full of common sense, has an excellent sense of humour and adults and young people alike warm to her quickly.
- Clair's expertise, her diligence and her confident and supportive manner have provided us with highly professional documentation and sound judgements enabling us to to obtain the appropriate support for our pupils.
- Lucy has the child at the centre of her thoughts at all times. She is highly credible - an ultimate professional in every situation and someone that completely understands how life for an autistic child and their family must be.
- Leo has been amazing over the past 12 months. The difference to D and us has been significant. He was miserable and anxious and didn't want to be at school at all. He is now happy and included and his needs are understood - he is once again engaged in school and learning.
- Leonie, I attended the Bereavement Forum at Myton Hospice yesterday and I found your presentation inspiring. I do not work with children however, I found your knowledge and content of the subject fascinating.
- Over the past 10 years Bidford School has benefited directly from Clair's excellent work which has enhanced our provision for pupils with SEND. I recommend Clair's work without hesitation.