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Agenda

9:00 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Amelia Roberts
Dr Amelia Roberts
Deputy Director
Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL
Confirmed
9:55 am
Department for Education Update: Moving Forward – The SEND Review, and COVID -19

The SEND Review:

  • An outline of the key features of the review, what it means for different stakeholders, and next steps in implementation

COVID-19:

  • The role of school and local authority partners in providing care and support for children and young people with SEND as part of pandemic recovery efforts, and looking at best practice
André Imich
André Imich
SEN and Disability Professional Adviser
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:20 am
Insights from the SEND Review: Boosting Outcomes for All Children with SEND

This session will focus on the responsibilities upon sector leaders for delivering a sustainable and effective system of SEND delivery in local areas, following the guidance and recommendations laid out in the SEND Review.

Tony McArdle
Tony McArdle
Chair, SEND System Leadership Board
Advisor, SEND Review
Confirmed
10:45 am
DfE SEND Review Interactive Q&A

Pose your questions to Tony and André about all elements of the SEND Review and what it means for you context.

André Imich
André Imich
SEN and Disability Professional Adviser
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
Tony McArdle
Tony McArdle
Chair, SEND System Leadership Board
Advisor, SEND Review
Confirmed
11:10 am
Sponsored Session
11:30 am
Networking, Exhibition and Refreshments Break
11:50 am
The Annual National SEND Update from nasen
  • Understanding the status of SEND at a national level in light of the global pandemic
  • Demonstrating how to utilise Whole School SEND guidance and resources as part of planning and delivery for catch-up activities, including for SENCOs to support and guide teaching staff
  • Considering next steps for SENCOs in responding to and implementing the SEND Review outcomes

This session will include time for interactive Q&A.

Annamarie Hassall MBE
Annamarie Hassall MBE
CEO
nasen
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary & FE Stream
Local Authority & Social Care Stream
Roundtables Session: Challenges and Solutions for Supporting Primary Children with SEND

In this session you will join with peers from primary school settings across the country, to discuss the challenges you face individually and collectively in supporting children with SEND, and work to overcome these by offering advice and guidance to each other as well as sharing best practice from your experiences.

You will work in small groups for 25 minutes, and then each group will share key takeaways from their discussion with the rest of the room for the final 15 minutes.

This session will be facilitated by Ginny Bootman.

Ginny Bootman
Ginny Bootman
SENCO of 2 Primary Schools
Evolve Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Roundtables Session: Challenges and Solutions for Supporting Children and Young People with SEND in Secondary and FE Settings

In this session you will join with peers from secondary school and FE settings across the country, to discuss the challenges you face individually and collectively in supporting children and young people with SEND, and work to overcome these by offering advice and guidance to each other as well as sharing best practice from your experiences.

You will work in small groups for 25 minutes, and then each group will share key takeaways from their discussion with the rest of the room for the final 15 minutes.

This session will be facilitated by Esther Messinger.

Esther Messinger
Esther Messinger
Deputy Headteacher
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Confirmed
Roundtables Session: Challenges and Solutions for Delivering Quality, Joined-Up SEND Provision

In this session you will join with peers from local authority and social care settings across the country, to discuss the challenges you face in specific contexts and collectively in supporting children and young people with SEND, and work to overcome these by offering advice and guidance to each other as well as sharing best practice from your experiences.

You will work in small groups for 25 minutes, and then each group will share key takeaways from their discussion with the rest of the room for the final 15 minutes.

This session will be facilitated by Hero Slinn.

Hero Slinn
Hero Slinn
Head of Integrated SEND Service
Buckinghamshire County Council
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary & FE Stream
Local Authority & Social Care Stream
3 Top Tips for Primary School SENCOs: Time, Technology and Trust
  • Time: How to find time in our busy lives to make time work for us
  • Technology: Make Technology your best friend
  • Trust: The Castle of Trust and how to lower the drawbridge to build up trust
Ginny Bootman
Ginny Bootman
SENCO of 2 Primary Schools
Evolve Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Rights of Passage

Planning, preparing and supporting SEND students’ transitions into, out of and beyond formal assessments at 16 and 18 – lessons from COVID-19 and other research

  • Methods for preparing young people with SEND for exams as part of COVID catch-up
  • Key issues to consider when preparing young people for post-16 and post-18 pathways
Barney Angliss
Barney Angliss
SEND Consultant
Confirmed
An Update from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman: Lessons Learned from Investigations

This session will highlight current priorities for improvements required across the local government and social care landscape, to better help children and young people with SEND.

Exploring insights from investigations, you will learn methods for mitigating challenges, advice for learning lessons from decisions made by the Ombudsman, and recommendations for effectively dealing with complaints in your own local authority.

This session will include time for interactive Q&A.

Sharon Chappell
Sharon Chappell
Assistant Ombudsman
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
Confirmed
1:30 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking Break
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Addressing Mental Health Concerns of Children and Young People with SEND

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • How can a SENCO best support a pupil struggling with mental health?
  • What works to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing among young people with SEND?
  • How can education settings work better together with other partners, including across local authorities and parents and carers, to enhance mental health provision?
Moji Omole
Moji Omole
Deputy Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Kensington Primary School
Winner of 2020 TES Award for Wellbeing and Mental Health
Confirmed
Ama Boaten-Rolfe
Ama Boaten-Rolfe
Head of Inclusion
Woodbridge High School
Confirmed
Mel Stephenson
Mel Stephenson
Lead Psychotherapist and Head of Wellbeing
Woodbridge High School
Confirmed
Melissa Sellers
Melissa Sellers
Trust Strategic Inclusion Manager
Pennine Academies Yorkshire
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Peer Discussion Session: Sharing Your Key Takeaways

This session will be an opportunity for you to share with the colleagues around you the key things you have learnt so far from the Conference, what you plan to implement as a result, and explore together steps for making this happen.

Gain insights from colleagues working across different setting with different age groups and help to solidify your ideas and actions plan from the day.

3:25 pm
Networking, Exhibition and Refreshments Break
3:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Practical Steps for Supporting Young People with SEND Through the Pandemic and Beyond

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Discussing the recovery efforts made so far to enhance the learning and development of young people with SEND, and ongoing priorities to address
  • Highlighting the need to create, and prepare young people for, successful pathways after leaving school: What does Preparing for Adulthood mean in the COVID-era?
  • Methods for how all SEND provision partners can enhance joined-up, multi-agency working as part of continued pandemic recovery efforts
Professor Sonia Blandford
Professor Sonia Blandford
Professor of Social Mobility
Plymouth Marjon University
Confirmed
Sarah Eason
Sarah Eason
Business Partnership Manager
DFN MoveForward
Confirmed
Nicola Fisher
Nicola Fisher
Lead Teaching Assistant, The Barlow RC High School and Specialist Science College
Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Outstanding Contribution to SEND and Achieved 2020 Pearson National Teaching Award Certificate for Teaching Assistants
Confirmed
4:15 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Dr Amelia Roberts
Dr Amelia Roberts
Deputy Director
Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL
Confirmed