Overview

Neurodivergence can significantly impact a student’s ability to learn and succeed unless they receive necessary and appropriate support. The number of neurodivergent children is rising annually, yet many do not receive the support or Education Health and Care Plans (EHC) they are entitled to. To help these pupils reach their full potential, tailored support and diverse teaching approaches are crucial. Schools, local councils and third-sector organisations must collaborate to improve outcomes and opportunities for neurodivergent students.

  • The Government has committed to a £2.6 billion package to improve SEND services between 2022 and 2025, according to the Department for Education
  • The Government announced that 389,000 pupils in England have EHC plans as of 2023 -this is a 9% increase from 2022
  • Over 1.5 million pupils have SEND in England, according to Government figures from 2023

Join us at The Neurodiversity in Schools Conference 2024 to hear the latest updates on policy and guidance for supporting neurodivergent 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 neurodivergent pupils, co-production strategies and creating more accessible learning environments. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the sector to learn innovative ideas.

Why Attend:

  • Learn valuable insights into the latest trends, best practices, and strategies for supporting neurodivergent pupils
  • Explore the benefits of a transdisciplinary approach to supporting neurodivergent students
  • Learn from successful case studies on supporting neurodivergent pupils in schools
  • Gain practical insights into creating and pioneering a whole-school approach to supporting neurodivergent pupils
  • Network with like-minded professionals and exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices to improve the progress and attainment of neurodivergent pupils

Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

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

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Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Welcome Address

    Dr Rebecca Wood, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow (invited)

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

    Abstract:

    This session outlines recent recommendations to improve neurodiversity provision in schools. It focuses on strategies for smoother transitions for children with SEND, staff training for better support, and the vital role of funding from local councils for effective support services.

    • Outlining the latest updates and practical recommendations for driving best practice neurodiversity provision in schools
    • Strategies to better support neurodivergent children and young people transitioning between all stages of education
    • Tools and resources for training all school staff to provide improved services and support to neurodivergent children
    • Outlining available funding for schools and local councils to better support neurodivergent pupils

    Marsha De Cordova, MP, Vice-chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for SEND, House of Commons (invited)

  • Keynote: Enabling Inclusive Education and Embracing Neurodiversity for Student Support and Success

    Abstract:

    This session stresses inclusive education and embracing neurodiversity for student success. It focuses on understanding neurodiversity, building teacher confidence, and adopting inclusive teaching methods. Collaboration among educators and stakeholders is essential for sharing best practices and strategies.

    • Enhancing understanding of neurodiversity and how it can impact learning to better support students
    • Building teachers’ confidence in developing strategies that accommodate neurodivergent learners
    • Highlighting the importance of adopting pedagogical approaches that embrace neurodiversity to create an inclusive learning environment
    • Collaborating with other educators, specialists, and community stakeholders to share best practices and develop a comprehensive approach to inclusive education

    Annamarie Hassall MBE, Chief Executive, NASEN (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Empowering Students with Neurodiversity Through Collaborative and Inclusive Leadership

    Abstract:

    This session highlights leadership backing for transforming neurodivergent students’ lives, ensuring inclusive decisions. Teacher-SEND specialist collaboration enhances teaching. Regular SEND champion meetings empower pupils. Enrichment, like career sessions and community events, boosts learning.

    • Gaining leadership buy-in to ensure dedication to creating a more inclusive whole-school approach to supporting neurodivergent students
    • Providing teachers with the assistance of neurodiversity specialists who collaborate directly in classrooms to enhance teaching methods and curriculum inclusivity
    • Holding regular meetings for SEND champions to discuss progress, challenges, and solutions to give a voice to pupils
    • Providing enrichment opportunities through bespoke career sessions, community events and activities to enhance learning experiences

    Miss Z Burlison, Senior, Assistant Principal, The Ruth Gorse Academy (invited)

  • Case Study: Fostering Inclusive Learning Through Co-Production to Amplify the Voices of Neurodiverse Pupils

    Abstract:

    This session explores empowering neurodiverse students in education through self-reflection, goal setting, and unique perspectives. It emphasizes fostering ownership and leadership through co-production and ongoing dialogue with the wider school community.

    • Promoting neurodiverse student agency in learning through self-reflection, assessment, and goal-setting
    • Providing opportunities for neurodiverse students to share their perspectives, ensuring initiatives are inclusive and diverse
    • Building a sense of ownership among neurodiverse pupils through policy co-production to foster their leadership skills and self-confidence
    • Creating platforms for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between neurodiverse students and the wider school community to promote understanding and respect

    Mrs E C Codling, Headmistress, Bromley High School (invited)

  • Case Study: Pathways Provision: Providing Holistic Support for Neurodivergent Students and Families

    Abstract:

    This session underscores collaborative support within the Pathways Team for families and young individuals. Staff training aids in assisting neurodiverse pupils, while home support prevents academic setbacks, promoting overall wellbeing and success for all students.

    • Employing a transdisciplinary approach where professionals from various disciplines collaborate to provide comprehensive support to families and young people
    • Ensuring the seamless coordination among professionals within the Pathways Team to guarantee that all aspects of support are aligned and cohesive
    • Providing training and upskilling for staff to better support pupils with neurodiversity
    • Supporting pupils at home through specialist teachers, virtual meetings and resources to ensure pupils who are unable to attend school regularly do not fall behind

    Mark Loveday, Deputy Headteacher, Chadsgrove School (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Enhancing Neurodiversity Awareness By Building a Supportive School Environment and Teaching Practices

    Abstract:
    This session explores raising neurodiversity awareness in schools. It focuses on creating supportive environments, training staff, promoting inclusivity through assemblies and RSHE, and developing inclusive lessons for neurodiverse students.

    • Tips for creating a supportive environment where neurodivergent students feel comfortable discussing neurodiversity
    • Ensuring specialised training for staff to recognise early signs of neurodivergence and address individual needs
    • Promoting awareness of neurodiversity among pupils through assemblies and RSHE to foster a more inclusive and supportive environment
    • Tools and resources for developing and designing lessons that are inclusive and accessible for neurodivergent students

    Rebecca Lindner, Associate Professor, Arena, UCL (invited)

  • Case study: Supporting Neurodivergent Pupils’ Mental Health by Creating an Understanding School Environment

    Abstract:
    This session explores supporting neurodivergent students’ mental health by identifying anxiety triggers, educating people about neurodiversity, training staff to recognise masking behaviours, and sharing tailored mental health resources for an inclusive environment.

    • Identifying and reducing elements which may be anxiety-provoking to a neurodivergent student within classrooms and the school as a whole
    • Educating staff and students about neurodiversity to promote a supportive and more understanding atmosphere
    • Training staff to recognise masking signs and behaviours where students suppress natural behaviours to conform to societal norms leading to increased anxiety and pressure
    • Sharing mental health tools and resources that are tailored to neurodivergent students and their individualised needs

    Jaime Smith, MBE, Director of Schools, Anne Freud Centre (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Celebrating a Culture of Neurodiversity: Supporting Students Through Raising Awareness

    In this session, you will have the chance to delve into the primary challenges encountered in creating a culture of celebration surrounding neurodiversity. It is an opportunity to exchange experiences and explore best practices together.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Maximising Learning Potential by Implementing Assistive Technology for Neurodivergent Students

    Abstract:
    This session addresses implementing assistive technology for SEND students. It emphasises assessing students’ needs, gaining teacher support, upskilling staff, creating toolkits, and identifying students who would benefit.

    • Frameworks to assess neurodivergent students to see how assistive technology could be used to support their learning
    • Gaining student and staff buy-in for supportive technology to allow it to be used to its full potential
    • Upskilling staff to be able to use assistive technology to support neurodivergent students
    • Creating toolkits to help showcase assistive technology and how it can facilitate independent learning
    • Strategies for identifying diagnosed and undiagnosed pupils who would benefit from assistive technology

    Mrs I Goursaud, SENCO, St Thomas More School (invited)

  • Case Study: Creating Sensory-Friendly Learning by Designing Inclusive Spaces for Neurodiverse Student

    Abstract:
    This session explores creating sensory-inclusive spaces for neurodiverse students, emphasising comfort in classrooms and common areas. It offers key tips for adapting classrooms to optimise learning for all pupils.

    • Key tips on classroom changes that can help foster an optimal learning environment for neurodiverse pupils
    • Collaborating with specialists like occupational therapists and special education teachers to tailor environments to individual needs
    • Ensuring classrooms have sensory-inclusive spaces that are both safe and comfortable for neurodiverse students
    • Using visual aids like visual schedules, picture symbols, or color-coded systems to cater to a wider range of learning styles

    Dr Sarah Broadhurst, CEO, Autism Education Trust (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change

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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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Pricing
  • Public Sector Rate:: £360.00 + VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £330.00 + VAT+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: £499.00 + VAT+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:

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✓ 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