Accelerate Join SENsible SENCO to Impact Lives of School Staff

Accelerate Join SENsible SENCO to Impact Lives of School Staff


SENsible SENCO, the Community Interest Company dedicated to making the lives of SENCOs a breeze, are thrilled to announce their new partnership with Accelerate.

Accelerate is a group of 3 successful EdTech entrepreneurs with experience in Operations, Marketing, Sales, Customer Success, Customer Support and Product Development. Tom Parkinson, David Surfleet and Chris Toyne – the Co-Founders of Accelerate have been appointed as Directors of SENsible SENCO and join Abigail and Gavin Hawkins on the board.

Abigail Hawkins – of SENsible SENCO said:

“This is more than a partnership. Tom Parkinson, David Surfleet and Chris Toyne bring an amazing wealth of knowledge from their past ventures which will be invaluable in taking SENsible SENCO to the next level. We all have an innate passion for impacting the lives of school staff, with the absolute belief that our work impacts the well-being and education experience of pupils.” – Abigail Hawkins – of SENsible SENCO

The partnership between Accelerate and SENsible SENCO will ensure that they continue their not-for-profit status and continue to dedicate profits back to schools in the UK. They will also be fully focused on growing their member network and improving the experience for partners and members alike.

Chris Toyne – of Accelerate added:

“What started with a chance meeting at Bett has resulted with this exciting news, and we couldn’t be any prouder. My mother was a SENCO; My wife has always worked within SEND teams. Couple this with the years of experience David, Tom and I have working in schools, and we have seen first-hand how lonely the role of being a SENCO can feel. For that reason, this was an absolute no-brainer for us. It gives us a real chance to give back and directly impact the lives of people we work with.”

Since launching in 2021, SENsible SENCO have already amassed an amazing community comprised of nearly 12,000 UK-based SENCOs and SEN professionals, who rely on them for vital support resources enabling them to do their job better. The partnership between Accelerate and SENsible SENCO will enable them to reach even more people who need help as well as expanding their services for members and partners even further.

Gavin Hawkins – of Sensible said:

“We are delighted to welcome Tom, David and Chris onto our board here at Sensible SENCO. This marks an exciting time for us as we look forward to expanding our reach even further by combining our expertise with theirs”.

The new collective of Directors at SENsible SENCO is looking forward to this new chapter with great optimism!

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