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  • Day 1 | 17th June | The Future of SEND Provision
  • Day 2 | 18th June | Best Practice and COVID Recovery
  • Day 3 | 23rd June | Follow Up Implementation and Discussion Forum
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in education and local authorities and social care, in leadership and support focused roles.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
9:40 am
Department for Education Policy and Funding Update: Priorities and Requirements for Quality SEND Provision
  • Supporting children and young people with SEND as part of the COVID-19 recovery
  • The role of schools in delivering catch-up activities for social and academic progress
  • Understanding what successful co-production looks like in the COVID-era, and advising education, health and social care partners on priorities for working together to deliver the best outcomes for children

This session will include time for questions.

André Imich
André Imich
SEN and Disability Professional Adviser
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:05 am
SEND Review Update: Boosting Outcomes for All Children with SEND
  • Outlining the key findings and recommendations of the SEND Review and the impact of COVID-19 on these
  • Understanding how the outcomes of the Review will tackle the issue of a “postcode lottery” of available support in different areas of England
  • Clarifying how the Review fits in with wider multi-sector work to improve the wellbeing and life chances of children and young people with SEND including changes in the NHS Long Term Plan and the Timpson Review of Exclusions

This session will include time for questions.

Tony McArdle
Tony McArdle
Lead Commissioner, Northamptonshire County Council
Chair, SEND System Leadership Board
Invited
10:30 am
School Inspections Update: Raising Standards and Outcomes for Pupils with SEND
  • Considering the impact of the pandemic on the learning and development of children with SEND, and the expectations around catch-up efforts that Ofsted will be looking for during inspections
  • Highlighting findings from the February 2021 Remote Education Research Report, including around how to minimise disruption and best practice for providing a tailored approach for pupils with SEND
  • Outlining Ofsted expectations around co-production and ensuring a joined-up approach to support for children with SEND, including with EHCPs
  • Sharing good practice identified in inspections focusing on remote education, and how to ensure inclusivity in remote and blended teaching and learning
  • Exploring how to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils with SEND, as well as appropriate assessments, as part of changing education delivery after COVID-19

This session will include time for questions.

Nick Whittaker
Nick Whittaker
Specialist Adviser, SEND
Ofsted
Confirmed
10:55 am
Local Authority and Social Care Update: Next Steps in Improving Service Provision

In this session, Sharon will share current priorities for improvements required across the local government and social care landscape for children and young people with SEND.

Exploring insights from investigations, Sharon will also highlight 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 questions.

Sharon Chappell
Sharon Chappell
Assistant Ombudsman
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
Confirmed
11:15 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet-Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:35 am
Nasen’s National SEND Update: Reviewing Current Provisions and Future Needs
  •  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 questions.

Adam Boddison
Adam Boddison
Chief Executive
nasen
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: The Future of SEND Provision Following COVID-19

In this interactive discussion session, leaders from across the SEND sector will offer insights and updates on the requirements of services and support for children and young people with SEND, with specific consideration of how needs have changed in light of the pandemic and its wider impact.

Delegates will be able to submit questions and comments throughout for analysis by the panel.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How have pupils’ needs changed over the past year, and what does this mean for what needs-based provision looks like and how this should be delivered?
  • How has the role of the SENCO adapted to meet needs throughout the pandemic, and how can they help staff across a wider education setting provide tailored, quality support for pupils with SEND?
  • How can catch-up plans be effectively inclusive of children with SEND, tackling the inclusion gap and progress and attainment gaps simultaneously?
  • How can education providers and local authorities collaborate to ensure the availability of high-quality post-16 pathways for young people with SEND, in light of how COVID-19 has impacted the labour market?
Olivia Blake MP
Olivia Blake MP
Chair
All Party Parliamentary Group on SEND
Confirmed
Professor Sonia Blandford
Professor Sonia Blandford
Founder and Chief Executive
Achievement for All
Confirmed
Sarah Eason
Sarah Eason
Business Partnership Manager
DFN MoveForward
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
1:00 pm
End of Day One

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in education and local authorities and social care, in leadership and support focused roles.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed

MORNING WORKSHOPS

For the first section of Day 2, participants will work in a group workshop setting alongside peers from their respective professional settings to learn from sector experts and leading practitioners.

You will examine how to raise the quality of SEND provision, including planning around this, in relation to COVID recovery efforts and more broadly.

Discuss with and learn from each other how to practically implement this best practice in your own settings, offering advice and guidance to each other.

9:45 am
Early Years and Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Local Authority and Social Care Stream
Breakout Workshop 1: How to Deliver an Inclusive Early Years’ Experience for Children with SEND

Join this session to learn from an award-winning approach to Early Years provision, and feel better equipped to offer a quality experience for children with SEND and their families.

Key learning outcomes will include:

  • Assess effective transition processes to begin well before the official first day of school, including examples of activities to run at informal stay and play sessions
  • Examine how the needs and information required by families of children with SEND may differ from the wider cohort, and learn how to meet such needs with tailored tours, meetings and home visits
  • Discover the ‘Ready for Learning’ booklet: Learn how Lanesend requires families to complete this resource to provide staff with details about a child’s interests and development, and in turn how to utilise this to identify areas for support
  • Uncover how Makaton training for staff helps improve communication with children with SEND

This session will include time for questions.

 

Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Inclusion in Early Years

Caroline Sice
Caroline Sice
Headteacher, Lanesend Primary School
Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Inclusion in Early Years
Invited
Breakout Workshop 1: How Teaching Assistants Can Deliver Outstanding Secondary School SEND Provision

In this session participants will learn from an award-winning approach to delivering innovative SEND provision and the role Teaching Assistants play in that.

Key learning outcomes will include:

  • How to help children with SEND access the mainstream curriculum through Hive 2 provision, and ideas for reviewing what is delivered through Hive 2 and how
  • Methods to support transitions into post-16 pathways by developing independent living skills in tailored 1-to-1 sessions
  • Discover how EKLAN training can support the delivery of innovative speech and language sessions for secondary pupils
  • Examine how to tailor interventions according to additional challenges for example pupils who have complex needs or who are also entitled to Pupil Premium

This session will include time for questions.

 

Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Outstanding Contribution to SEND

Achieved 2020 Pearson National Teaching Award Certificate for Teaching Assistants

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
Breakout Workshop 1: Improve Joint Planning and Commissioning Across a Local Authority

Following a 2018 Ofsted and CQC Joint Inspection, leaders across Northumberland Council responded to comments on areas for improvement by reconsidering how they collect data in order to deliver services that best meet the needs of children with SEND and their families.

In this session, Nicola will share lessons learned and best practice from a series of improvement initiatives including:

  • Working with independent facilitators to consult with a wide range of SEND stakeholders on how to effectively plan, commission and provide services
  • Creating a framework for outcomes that reflects the priorities for young people with SEND and their families
  • Making evidence-informed judgements on the quality of current provision to make an action plan on next steps for improvements and to consider introducing new services
  • Developing a long-term vision for effective and successful co-production that champions ownership of outcomes

This session will include time for questions.

Nicola Taylor
Nicola Taylor
Head of Inclusive Education Services, Special Educational Needs and Development
Northumberland County Council
Invited
10:15 am
Early Years and Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Local Authority and Social Care Stream
Breakout Workshop 2: Top Tips for Delivering Remote and Blended Primary Teaching and Learning for SEND Pupils

In this interactive session, school leaders, SENCOs and teachers will gain advice to feel more confident in delivering lessons and catch-up activities.

Key learning outcomes will include:

  • How to develop strategies for helping parents develop structures and routines with children, supporting their independence
  • Discover effective methods for creating more synergies between curriculum leads and SENCOs, to ensure adapted provisions are inclusive, broad and balanced
  • Examine effective approaches to utilising the EEF SEND guidance
  • Learning to integrate a virtual school system established during the lockdown period into traditional delivery of teaching and learning to offer a more holistic educational experience for children with SEND

This session will include time for questions.

Will Cannock
Will Cannock
SENCo, Head of Inclusion and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Charles Dickens Primary School
Confirmed
Breakout Workshop 2: How to Incorporate SEND Provision Into Your Post-COVID School Improvement Plan

Gain practical advice and guidance on taking a graduated approach to improving SEND provision as part of a whole school evaluation in the wake of COVID-19.

Key learning outcomes will include:

  • Methods for engaging parents and pupils as well as staff in a review of SEND provision, to determine what will be needed as part of the COVID recovery period
  • Understand an effective timeline for a review of SEND provision, and how to fit this in with your development of the 2021/22 school improvement plan, while responding to and anticipating further flexibility required due to COVID-19
  • Learn how to match SEND provision needs to wider catch-up activities for secondary school pupils, to pool resources where possible
  • Strategies for mapping out post-16 and post-18 pathways including linking up with further education providers to facilitate opportunities to meet the needs of pupils with SEND

This session will include time for questions.

Barney Angliss
Barney Angliss
SEND Consultant
Invited
Breakout Workshop 2: Delivering Quality SEND Health and Social Care

Join this session to improve your understanding and approach to delivering effective health and social care provisions for children and young people with SEND, including through better planning and coordination.

Key learning outcomes will include:

  • Assess methods for mapping needs across local schools and other education settings to effectively allocate the workforce according to the different levels and types of care required
  • Learn new processes for how health and social care teams can work with local authority colleagues and education providers to ensure they understand what support can be offered, and when to seek referrals
  • Plan how to monitor the impact of health care support, and consistently ensure every child and young person with SEND is receiving the right assistance for them
  • Strategies to evaluate the specific requirements of an EHCP, and how the structure of support delivered through these may differ to wider care interventions

This session will include time for questions.

Peta Clark
Peta Clark
Lead for Children and Young People
Royal College of Nursing
Invited
10:45 am
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Local Authority and Social Care Stream
Breakout Rooms: Early Years and Primary Education Peer Discussion

Join with peers in small groups from early years settings and primary schools across the country in virtual breakout rooms to examine current challenges around delivering quality SEND provision and share ideas around effective catch-up strategies before the summer break and the new term.

Breakout Rooms: Secondary and Further Education Peer Discussion

Join with peers in small groups from secondary schools and further education providers across the country in virtual breakout rooms to examine current challenges around delivering quality SEND provision and share ideas around effective catch-up strategies before the summer break and the new term.

Breakout Rooms: Local Authority and Social Care Peer Discussion

Join with peers in small groups from local authorities and health and social care providers across the country in virtual breakout rooms to examine current challenges around delivering quality SEND provision and share ideas around effective co-production as part of COVID-recovery plans.

11:00 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet-Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Strengthening Collaboration Across All SEND Service Providers 
  • What does successful co-production look like for all stakeholders, and how has this been impacted by COVID-19?
  • How can different service providers offer support for and help facilitate early identification?
  • What is the role of schools in working with health care providers to ensure the physical and mental health care needs of children with SEND are met?
  • How can local authorities work more closely with schools to inform and support COVID-recovery activities?
  • How can all partners contribute to quality post-16 and post-18 pathways for young people, supporting transitions to adulthood and sustainable opportunities?
Rebecca Hale
Rebecca Hale
Teacher (SEND), Stone Soup Academy
Winner of 2020 TES Award for Alternative Provision School of the Year
Confirmed
Sally Egginton
Sally Egginton
Educational Health & Care Plan Case Coordinator
Manchester City Council
Invited
Hero Slinn
Hero Slinn
Head of Integrated SEND Service
Buckinghamshire County Council
Confirmed
Alison Jeffery
Alison Jeffery
Director of Children's Services
Portsmouth City Council
Confirmed
11:55 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Addressing the Mental Health Challenges and Concerns Among Children and Young People with SEND
  • How can co-production efforts better account for mental health needs, to ensure prevention and support from a variety of angles?
  • What works to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing among young people with SEND?
  • How can every school ensure there is a youth mental health first aider on hand?
  • What mental health provision may be required in future, as part of COVID-recovery efforts?
  • How can a SENCO best support a pupil struggling with mental health?
  • What methods can be used to engage and support parents, carers and families, to help them help the child?
Sandie Andrews
Sandie Andrews
Headteacher, Penwortham Primary School
Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Most Inclusive Practice Across a School and also for Partnership with Parents
Invited
Georgina Ellis
Georgina Ellis
Headteacher, Churchill Special Free School
Achieved Wellbeing Award for Schools, in partnership with National Children’s Bureau
Invited
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
Sonya Brazier
Sonya Brazier
Inclusion Manager
Chertsey High School
Invited
12:30 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
12:45 pm
End of Day 2

*Programme subject to change

3:00 pm
Chair's Introduction and Recap of Day 1 and 2

This session will outline the key discussion points and takeaways from the core Conference taking place on June 17th and June 18th.

Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
3:15 pm
Breakout Discussion Rooms

Delegates will split into streamed breakout rooms, according to their key area of focus, and engage with the opportunity to discuss and learn from each other what you have implemented since the core Conference and how, and what next steps you will be taking into the next academic year and/or as part of ongoing COVID recovery.

Early Years and Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Local Authority and Social Care Stream

Share how you are delivering an inclusive early years’ experience and primary catch-up provisions for pupils with SEND.

Discuss how are you planning ahead to support secondary pupils in the new school year, and how the use of tech and blended learning could continue to support pupils with SEND.

Share how local authorities are facilitating quality co-production as part of COVID-recovery and what health and social care needs are part of this.

3:45 pm
Group Discussion

Returning to the main room, the chair will facilitate delegates from the various breakout rooms sharing insights into their discussions, and what the key priorities are in different areas of SEND provision.

4:00 pm
Break and Networking
4:10 pm
Breakout Rooms Discussion

Participants will split into streamed breakout rooms, according to a key issue you would like to discuss further from the core Conference. Discuss your key takeaways, and how you are continuing to implement improvements.

Mental Health Support and Provision
Successful Co-Production

Discuss how are you are working to improve mental health prevention and responsive support for children and young people with SEND.

Share what successful co-production looks like in your context, and how needs may differ as part of COVID recovery.

4:40 pm
Group Discussion

Returning to the main room, the chair will facilitate delegates from the two breakout rooms sharing insights into their discussions, and how they are improving mental health support and delivery quality co-production.

4:55 pm
Chair's Summary and Close
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Michelle Prosser Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
5:00 pm
End of Day 3

*Programme subject to change

The National SEND Conference 2021: The 3-Day Online Experience

  • 2 Days of Core Conference Content: Policy and Funding Updates, Best Practice and Panel Discussions
  • 1 Day Follow-Up Implementation Resources: Helping You Make the Most of New Ideas
  • Live Q&As with policymakers and sector leaders
  • Match-making networking and live meeting scheduling with delegates
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Re-watch all the content for 30 days after the core Conference
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Dedicated discussion groups to network and collaborate with peers through the 3 Days
  • Real solutions, ideas and answers for all colleagues working to deliver SEND provision
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources and workshop to facilitate implementation of key takeaways