There are 1.5 million pupils in England who have SEND, but only 4.3% of those have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), according to recent Government statistics. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can massively affect a child or young person’s ability to learn and their educational experience as a whole. To ensure that children and young people with SEND achieve to the highest of their ability, it’s important that support and alternative approaches to teaching are offered. In 2021, Ofsted published SEND guidance stating the need for greater collaboration to provide improved outcomes for pupils with SEND. Therefore, schools and trusts must come together to review their SEND policy and practises to tackle the key issues that face pupils with SEND to give them the education they deserve to thrive.

  • In 2022 the Government reported there were over 1.5 million school pupils in England with SEND, making up 17% of all students
  • 389,171 people in schools in England had EHCPs according to government statistics
  • The number of pupils who are receiving SEND support has increased from 12.6% to 13% as of 2023 according to the Government

Join us at the SEND Conference 2023 to hear the latest updates on policy and guidance for supporting pupils with SEND. You will hear a series of best practice case studies across a range of topics, including supporting the pupils with specific SEND conditions, engaging in partnership working, and easing the transition from school to the world of work. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the sector who are involved in SEND support.

Why Attend:

  • High-level keynotes from leading SEND experts on support and practical strategies for the classroom
  • Hear recommended best practice case studies from primary and secondary educational settings
  • Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies to support NQTs and trainee teachers
  • Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Jill Porter, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Oxford (Invited)

  • Keynote: Government Update: The Latest Policies and Guidance on Improving SEND Provisions in Schools

    • Outlining the latest government updates and practical recommendations for driving best practice SEND provision in schools
    • Advice for local councils and schools: sharing details of SEND funding and support available and tips for accessing it
    • Strategies to better accommodate and ensure all children who are eligible receive equal education tailored to their needs
    • Expanding training for early years staff to provide better services and support to children with SEND

    Fiona Nzegwu, Deputy Director SEND Improvement and Intervention, Department for Education (Invited)

  • Keynote: Strategies to Create an Inclusive and Supportive School Environment for Pupils with SEND

    • Building a good line of communication with parents, carers, colleagues, and social care staff to support children with SEND
    • Ensuring that physical environments for children with SEND in schools are safe and meet their needs
    • Developing mechanisms and indicators to identify children with SEND and provide them with the support they need
    • Guidance on creating an inclusive learning environment that takes into consideration the different needs children with SEND may have
    • Using technology to offer cost-effective methods to effectively teach pupils with SEND in the classroom

    Annamarie Hassall MBE, Chief Executive & Chair of Whole School SEND, NASEN (Invited)

  • Question and Answers Session

  • Comfort Break

  • Case study: Placing Pupils Needs at the Centre of Teaching to Provide Effective Support

    • Ensuring every child receives a bespoke, inclusive curriculum that addresses all their educational, physical, emotional, or social needs
    • Offering flexible and reduced timetables to meet the needs of students with SEND and allow them to have a positive school experience
    • Developing a behavioural approach, rather than a reward-based system, to support pupils’ needs: key insights and outcomes
    • Wrap-around support: monitoring pupil’s personal needs and challenges, as well as attainment and progress

    Ms Sarah Sumner, Headteacher, Westlea Primary School (Invited)

  • Case Study: Working in Partnerships to Offer an Environment to Help Pupils Achieve the Best Outcomes

    • Working with local Police and PCSOs to offer anti-social behaviour meetings, interventions and crisis workshops, and youth/NEET services for employability
    • Developing partnerships with local Primary and Secondary schools to share and discuss new strategies and techniques to improve outcomes
    • Collaborating to offer the best support while still being cost-effective due to not needing to use external services outside of the partnership
    • Partnerships with organisations to provide an array of services, improving relationships between students, parents, and agencies

    Mrs Graham, SENDCO, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy (Invited)

  • Case Study: Effectively Engaging with Teachers and Parents to Support Children with SEND

    • Delivering open and fast communication to all staff when changes are made at any scale, and providing an opportunity for staff to share concerns
    • Equipping staff with the tools to feel confident teaching and supporting pupils with SEND and meet all their needs
    • Maintaining strong communication with families to share the right support and learning programmes but also being able to adapt to their needs
    • Tips for detailed risk assessment planning and allocating clear responsibilities across the Senior Management Team

    Maxine O’Neill, Headteacher, Hope School (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Techniques for Promoting a Greater Understanding of Neurodiversity in Schools

    • Understanding how neurodiversity can affect different aspects of a student’s experience of the classroom
    • Gathering student voices on neurodiversity and neurodivergence through creating opportunities for pupils and staff to talk about their experiences
    • Teaching pupils about neurodiversity through assemblies, tutor time, and RSHE to create a more inclusive environment
    • Adopting a whole school approach to neurodiversity and mental health to increase awareness of how it can be isolating for some students
    • Creating an inclusive learning environment by offering different methods for how information can be delivered

    Aardra Chandra Mouli, Doctoral Researcher, School of Management, UCL (Invited)

  • Case Study: Embedding Inclusive Practises Across the Whole School to Meet the Needs of Pupils with Autism

    • Enabling and amplifying the voice of autistic pupils to influence decisions that affect them and their education
    • Tips for creating an environment and ethos that fosters social inclusion for pupils on the spectrum who may struggle with socialising
    • Collaborating with parents and carers of autistic pupils to gain a better understanding of their needs and how to support them
    • Developing a variety of communication techniques that can be tailored to different pupils, such as using visual learning rather than verbal
    • Insights into using suggestive language when interacting with pupils rather than demanding language to create an open dialogue

    Jacqui Powell, Inclusion Manager/Assistant Head, Watermore Primary School (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Challenges in Co-producing SEND Strategies with Parents and Carers

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in working together with parents and carers to develop strategies that can best support children with SEND in schools allowing you to share experiences and best practices from your organisation

  • Comfort Break

  • Case study: Supporting Students with SEND to Transition from Education to the Workplace

    • Working with local employers to offer opportunities for students with SEND to get work experience
    • Delivering training and support for SEND pupils to find and apply for suitable employment and providing ongoing support during work experience
    • Tools for budgeting for laptops and other resources for pupils who need them and giving online teaching to help pupils use MTs online tools
    • Techniques to enable pupils with SEND and their families to better cope and deal with anxieties that can be caused when working

    Shama Ahmed, SEND Lecturer, Newham College of Further Education (Invited)

  • Case Study: Improving Outcomes for Pupils with SEND Through Tailored Interventions

    • Providing specialist education support to pupils who want to stay at home due to SEND-related issues to ensure they still receive education
    • Building confidence in pupils with SEND through supporting them in activities or roles that highlight their talents and abilities
    • Creating a mentorship scheme that acts as a bridge between pupils and staff allowing for better and more tailed support to be offered
    • Empowering pupils through programmes that give them responsibility and agency over their learning

    Mica Lilley, SENCo, TCES Group (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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