The Future of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Conference 2019


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

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

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

Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Amelia Roberts, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL Institutional Research Information Service (IRIS) (invited)


Implementing SEND Policy Now And In The Future And Promoting The Advancement And Development Of Children And Young People With SEND
  • Where we are now on the journey through SEND reform and the drivers and tensions across education impacting upon SEND
  • How to respond to changing needs and future considerations for potential reform
  • Supporting early needs settings to identify and meet the needs of children with SEND and providing resources to secure the highest quality practice and provision
  • SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice and good colleges: using the new tool to review provision against seven key features of effective support
  • Building regional school-led hubs to support school improvement to reach at least 10,000 schools over the next two years and build on the existing community of practice

Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen (CONFIRMED)

The Local Area SEND Inspection Framework: Key Findings From Joint Ofsted And CQC Inspections
  • The framework for the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The focus and timing of inspections and reporting on the inspection outcomes
  • Key findings against the three main aspects of the framework: identifying, meeting the needs and improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Common areas of significant concern in health, education and social care and how they have been addressed
  • How the CQC and Ofsted decide on a Written Statement of Action

Jonathan Jones HMI, Specialist Adviser, SEND, Ofsted (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Incorporating SEND  Issues Into Teacher Training 
  • Finding best practice in how teacher training incorporates SEND issues
  • Placing a strong focus on helping SEND pupils
  • Ensuring that trainee teachers get to do placements at schools which require SEND training
  • Working with parents and carers as well as with external agencies

Nicky Hepworth, SCITT Programme Manager and Assistant Headteacher, Basingstoke Alliance SCITT and Assistant Headteacher, Dove House Academy Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Transforming Learning And Unlocking Opportunity For Children With Special Educational Needs With Technology
  • Ensuring that all learners with SEND have access to the curriculum through appropriate use of software, resources and equipment
  • Integrating the use of technology into learning and assessment
  • Maximising the effectiveness of tech-based teaching and learning by focusing on accessibility and pedagogical objectives
  • Providing adequate support and training in the use of technology to use it to its fullest capability
  • Exploring practical enhancements to existing IT systems that can improve access for learners and accessing built-in features of common software

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO, Achievement for All (CONFIRMED)



Achieving Excellent Outcomes For Students With Special Educational Needs And Disabilities Within A Secondary School
  • Using the SEND Review Toolkit to drive forward outcomes for SEND Students
  • Focusing on resilience as part of reducing the attainment gap
  • Moving towards greater equity in provision and ‘closing the gap’ through a systems-led approach which is agile and responsive to needs
  • Monitoring impact and evaluating effectiveness and quality by using evidence for tracking progress
  • Developing good communication and collaboration between staff, other agencies, children and young people and families

Darryl Morgan, Headteacher, The Ridgeway Community School (CONFIRMED)



Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Research Informed Teaching For SEND Inclusion: Department Of Disability, Inclusion And Special Needs (DISN), University of Birmingham
  • Research – informed teaching framework at DISN
  • Current research in SEND from members of the DISN department
  • SEND programmes as means of disseminating current research and practice in SEND
  • Implications for practitioners working with learners with SEND
  • Implications for researchers in the area of SEND

Dr Maria Reraki, Programme Leader in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia, University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)


Optimising The Role Of SENDCOs To Ensure Children And Young People Have Their Needs Met In Mainstream Schools
  • The increasing challenges for SENDCOs in early years and school settings: working with multiple agencies; paperwork; identifying needs; supporting parents and staff and acting as an advocate for the child
  • Ensuring the SENDCO has sufficient time and resources to carry out their duties
  • Determining whether a SENDCO should be a strategic role and part of the school leadership team
  • Ensuring school staff understand the role of SENDCOs and the ingraining the philosophy of inclusion in the school culture
  • Examples of outcomes achieved by SENDCOs

Kenny Wheeler, Senior Consultant Teacher, Driver Youth Trust (CONFIRMED)


Optimising Available Funding To Ensure Children With SEND Get The Best Possible Education
  • How councils are moving funds from their school budgets to meet their legal obligation to support children with SEN
  • How much additional funding is needed to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND?
  • Reductions in teaching assistant support: minimising the effect on SEND provision in schools
  • Dealing with a lack of school places and a rising demand for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Future implications for schools if more resource is not provided by the government

Paul Carter, Chairman, County Councils Network (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
The Role of Local Authorities In Ensuring EHC Plans Are Person-Centred And Needs-Based
  • Integrated working and joint commissioning between local authorities, colleges and other providers within education, health and social care
  • Engaging children and young people meaningfully in EHC plans and signposting services to parents and carers as early as possible
  • Developing the Local Offer to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision available
  • Improving workforce knowledge and understanding of the EHC planning process
  • Appointing local authority SEND practitioners to work within schools to work alongside parents, practitioners and tutors

Robert Henderson, Executive Director of Children, Families and Education, Croydon Council (invited)


Working In Partnership With Parents To Ensure The Best Outcomes For Children In A Primary School Setting
  • Exploring creative and reliable ways to meet the needs of children who may have a diverse array of needs
  • The importance of a good relationship between parents and school to develop a full understanding of each child’s strengths and uniqueness
  • Providing information workshops for parents about the different strategies that are successfully used in school
  • Keeping parents informed about their child’s daily successes and any difficulties they have experienced
  • Responding to feedback to identify and implement bespoke support with implementing strategies

Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, University of Worcester (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*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 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

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

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

Sponsorship and Exhibition

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 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 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 the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 

Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

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

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