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22 Oct 2019

CEO celebrates SEND Leader win

We are delighted to announce that TCES Group CEO and Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney was named ‘SEND Leader of the Year’ by nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) at a glittering ceremony last Friday. Hosted at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London, the ceremony recognises and celebrates those who help ensure children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can reach their full potential.

Thomas was nominated for the award for his twenty-some years of work in transforming the lives of over 3,000 of pupils with the most challenging and complex needs. He founded TCES Group in 1999 and the organisation is celebrating its 20th birthday this November, but Thomas has been working with vulnerable children and young people for much longer, starting his career in social work.

Thomas (top, fifth from left), stands among fellow award winners

TCES Group started as a social care company, before transitioning into one of the larger providers of independent education for pupils with co-morbid social and emotional mental health (SEMH) needs or an autism spectrum condition (ASC). He is proud to have never permanently excluded one of them.

Thomas said: “I think I’m the luckiest person in the world and privileged to be working with these incredible, talented young leaders who, despite challenges that would knock the rest of us down, display resilience and humour and their amazing personalities on a daily basis.

“My staff should be rewarded for sticking with and never giving up on our pupils despite often extreme provocation. They make our schools the amazing places they are and indeed working with these teams is surely my greatest achievement.”

Chief Executive of nasen, Prof. Adam Boddison said: “It’s an honour that we as a charity are able to bring together a host of people from across the SEND community in order to celebrate and reward some of the most inspirational work that has taken place over the last 12 months.

“This is the third year running for our awards ceremony, which gives us the opportunity to say thank you to those people who make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND and who dedicate their time to helping them fulfil their potential.”

03 Oct 2019

National Poetry Day

Here are a couple of @Nationalpoetryday entries from our staff.  Awaiting more from pupils.

The first is from a new member of staff:

I write this on my second day,
I only joined here yesterday,
I know I will enjoy my stay,
Cos this is my dream job, hooray.
Schools that never have excluded!
What a message that’s exuded,
So the thought that I concluded –
Let me join! I’m now included!
20 years, a new staff member,
Can some of you still remember,
1999 November?
With just one child, one staff member?
Welcome is how I’ve been made,
Not seen the schools yet I’m afraid,
London and Essex not yet strayed
My starting date not too delayed.
When told I’d got the job, said “Yes”
I whooped and cheered I must confess,
But there’s one thing we all should guess,
What’s it stand for TCES?

The second covers our group specialism of Leadership:


All the greats led
By example in what they did and said
All the greats led
Because they believed in speaking out
All the greats led
Taking different approaches, different routes

All the greats led
And though some are now dead
A rich heritage and legacy lives on
It was Eisenhower who said
You don’t lead by hitting people over the head
And they didn’t
Maya, Malcolm and Mohammed
They motivated, they challenged and inspired instead
They were like so many other greats who led
Simply by speaking, standing and sitting.

As a continuation of their legacy
Some leaders are still leading by example
With excellence and integrity
Dreaming, speaking even kneeling
Leaders like Kaepernick, outspoken like Lupita and Akala.

20/10/17( revised 1/10/19) ©️Roxy Brown