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*Please note to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, this Conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

Michelle Prosser Haywood, Founder, ResearchSEND (CONFIRMED)

  • Reflecting on the impact of school closures due to COVID-19 on children with SEND, and how the government is continuing to help support the needs of these children
  • Reviewing reforms five years on: Outlining the findings of the 2019 SEND Review, and the next steps to ensure services provided are adequately adapted to individual needs
  • Considering how this increasingly tailored approach will improve early identification of needs, subsequently helping to address the way off-rolling and exclusions disproportionately affects pupils with SEND
  • Assessing how education providers, local authorities and healthcare partners can enhance co-production to make effective use of the £700million of increased funding, pledged for pupils with the most complex needs, in 2020-21
  • Responding to the NAO’s recommendations in September 2019 that the Department conducts more evidence based assessments on quality and value of SEND provision, setting quantified metrics from 2020-21

André Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)

  • Providing an update on the status of SEND at a national level
  • Evaluating the roll out of resources and support through the Whole School SEND Consortium, and how these efforts have improved practice in special and mainstream schools
  • Considering SENCo workloads: How the National SENCO Workload Survey fed into the Whole School SEND Effective Deployment project, the success of the project so far, and the latest feedback on the Survey results
  • Discussing the ongoing challenges for the sector, including data collection and effective use, and priorities moving forward to ensure standards are raised, particularly around co-production

Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director: Education, Council for Disabled Children (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring how education, care and health providers can effectively demonstrate co-production, to meet expectations of the Education Inspection Framework, and those of CQC as part of local area inspections
  • Ensuring a joined-up approach to SEND support: Analysing successful Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
  • Considering what a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ looks like for children with SEND, how to map an existing curriculum offer against diverse needs
  • Evaluating the use of assessments to ensure proportionality and encouragement of further progress
  • Highlighting best practice in demonstrating effective safeguarding practices for children with SEND in education settings

Lesley Cox, Independent Educational Consultant (CONFIRMED)

* Between 11:40am – 1:00pm the Conference will be split into breakout work streams for Primary SEND Interventions and Secondary/ FE SEND Interventions

You will be able to select your chosen stream ahead of the day, and then be added into the virtual breakout room by the conference organisers.

  • Identifying individual needs and providing early intervention to address them
  • Considering how pupils’ needs are changing and what this means for schools
  • Explaining how all types of schools and settings can become more inclusive
  • Pinpointing sources of support, training and other resources to help implement needs-based SEND provision

Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Author, Rona Tutt’s Guide to SEND and Inclusion (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the need for SENCos to be part of a SLT, and discussing effective ways of ensuring they are included in high level planning
  • Embedding the expertise of SENCos into whole school plans for inclusive learning that supports all children, learners with SEN and otherwise
  • Exploring how to support SENCos monitor and evaluate a school’s SEND provision, to identify gaps and shortcomings in a timely manner, ensuring pupils receive adequate support when needed during the academic year
  • Discussing how to ensure SENCos access CPD that incorporates leadership and improvement as well as diverse and inclusive pedagogical initiatives that can be shared with other SEND support staff

Natalie Packer, Education Consultant and Author, The Perfect SENCO and The Teacher’s Guide to SEN (CONFIRMED)

  • Defining social mobility
  • Discussing how to close the inclusion gap
  • Social mobility – chance?
  • Social mobility – choice?
  • Considering the impact of COVID-19 school closures on children with SEND, and their prospects for social mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for All (CONFIRMED)

* Between 3:45pm – 4:20pm the Conference will be split into breakout work streams for School Strategy and Planning and Local Authority and Care Planning

You will be able to select your chosen stream ahead of the day, and then be added into the virtual breakout room by the conference organisers.

*Programme subject to change

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National SEND Conference 2020

Tel: 0203 770 6580


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