The government’s SEND Review in 2022 identified systemic gaps and proposed recommendations to enhance support for neurodiverse students in educational settings. In 2022 researchers at Keele University found poor staff training, limited knowledge, and insufficient assessment and screening tools have contributed to a lack of support and identification of neurodivergent children in both the education system. Furthermore, state-funded special schools are facing capacity challenges, forcing the conversion of staff rooms and therapy offices into classrooms due to limited space, as reported by Schools Week. Given these developments, schools must act now to ensure that every student’s unique needs are effectively addressed within the education system, leading to improved outcomes and opportunities for neurodiverse learners.

  • 15% of all people in the UK are neurodiverse, according to NHS England in 2021
  • In 2020 British Dyslexia Association stated that 80% of those on the spectrum are unidentified by the time they leave school
  • Over 70% of autistic children are in mainstream schools according to the National Autistic Society’s 2021 School Report

Join us at The Neurodiversity in Schools Conference 2023 to hear the latest updates on policy and guidance for supporting neurodiverse pupils in schools. You will hear a series of best practice case studies from schools and experts across a range of topics, including providing personalised learning plans for neurodiverse pupils, supporting the mental health of neurodiverse students and improving behavioural management initiatives to reduce the rate of exclusion. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the sector who are involved in neurodiversity in schools.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes on the latest policy initiatives to support neurodiversity in schools
✓ Listen and learn from case studies from leading experts on best practice in designing inclusion approaches in schools
✓ Networking opportunities with speakers and delegates from across the public sector involved in neurodiversity inclusion
✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

This is a live event taking place online:

 Access a full live event with 8 hours of CPD points from home
 Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
 Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
 Review event materials and presentations post-event
 Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Police & Criminal Justice, and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

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

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Welcome Address

    Dr Dominic Griffiths, Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)

  • Pre-Recorded Keynote: Embracing Neurodiversity in Schools: Working to Create an Inclusive Environment

    • Building partnerships between education charities and schools to improve outcomes for SEND students
    • Advice on training staff to improve awareness of neurodiverse conditions and adapt learning environments
    • Guidance on developing an inclusive curriculum to empower neurodiverse students in classroom settings
    • Working with families of neurodiverse children to provide tailored support through constructive collaboration with schools

    Annamarie Hassall MBE, CEO, Nasen (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Fostering a Culture of Empathy, Belonging and Neuroinclusion

    • Insights into the impact of fostering neuroinclusion: benefitting and supporting all pupils
    • Shifting from the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule: sharing a model to promote respect among pupils
    • “What’s Strong With You?” rather than “What’s Wrong With You?”: empowering neurodiverse pupils to champion their strengths

    Lana Jelenjev, Co-founder, Learning Experience Strategist, Operations and Trainings Lead, Neurodiversity Education Academy (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Designing Inclusive Learning Environments to Remove Barriers for Neurodiverse Pupils

    • Sharing examples of classroom adjustments to optimal learning environments for neurodiverse pupils
    • Creating sensory-inclusive spaces to ensure classrooms and common areas are comfortable for neurodiverse students
    • Exploring sensory audits as a tool for designing neurodiversity-inclusive schools and findings into actionable changes
    • Removing barriers to learning: practical solutions to support neurodiverse pupils with sensory needs to access the curriculum fully

    Eleanor Hase, SENDCO, Katesgrove Primary School (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Adopting an Inclusive Approach to Behaviour Management to Prevent School Exclusions

    • Exploring measures that promote a positive and inclusive learning environment for neurodiverse pupils
    • Developing strategies for early identification for neurodiverse pupils to prevent long term challenges
    • Tips for collaborating with parents/carers of pupils with neurodiverse profiles

    Vijita Patel, Principal, Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Workshop: Upskilling Staff in Inclusive Learning Structures to Effectively Support Neurodiverse Pupils   

    • Training staff to design lesson plans and teaching styles to be accessible for neurodiverse pupils
    • Developing effective communication strategies for supporting neurodiverse students in schools

    Colin Foley, National Training Director, ADHD Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Creating Initiatives to Embed a Culture of Celebrating Neurodiversity in Schools

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in developing a culture of celebration around neurodiversity. Allowing you to share their experiences and best practice.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Developing a Pupil-Centred Approach to Ensure Classroom Learning Meets the Needs of Neurodiverse Pupils

    • Tips for identifying the unique needs and strengths of individual neurodiverse students to develop bespoke learning plans
    • Co-producing personalised learning plans for neurodiverse pupils to ensure plans are as effective as possible for pupils
    • Strategies for adapting and refining learning plans based on individual pupils evolving needs and achievements
    • Designing ongoing assessments and monitoring of neurodiverse pupils’ progress with personalised learning plans

    Donna Lee, Headteacher, Nettlesworth Primary School (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Neurodiversity and Wellbeing: Nurturing Minds to Prevent Burnout

    • Identifying and addressing the challenges neurodiverse pupils face that lead to poor mental health
    • Designing toolkits to bring evidence-based practices and interventions that improve the wellbeing of neurodiverse pupils
    • Strategies to spot early signs of burnout and implementing interventions to prevent escalation
    • Collaborating with families and external partners to deliver wraparound mental health support for struggling neurodiverse pupils

    Ben Johnson, English Teacher, Banovallum School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in primary and secondary schools.

*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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We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Voluntary Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

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  • Public Sector Rate::  £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos On Demand

✓ 12-Months FREE Access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of Exclusive Case Study Focused Videos and Articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ New Uploads Each Month