Special Educational Needs Conference: Innovations in inclusive learning
Of the 1.3 million pupils in England with special educational needs, 1.1 million are being taught in mainstream schools. Despite this, 82% of head teachers believe they do not have the resources to support SEN pupils.
Research shows that almost 90% of newly qualified teachers are not fully prepared to support children with complex learning needs. In response to this, the Government has pledged an overhaul of teacher training as the number of SEN pupils in mainstream classrooms looks set to increase. Meanwhile, special schools are facing the unprecedented challenge of catering for pupils with increasingly complex and varied needs despite ever decreasing resources.
The Special Educational Needs Conference will provide unique insights into how both mainstream and special schools can be better equipped to meet the challenges posed by these recent trends. The event will provide vital information and advice for parents, teachers and other public sector staff working to give SEN pupils the best possible school experience.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Simon Knight, Director of Whole School SEND (CONFIRMED)
SEND Policy and Practice: a national update
Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, Nasen (CONFIRMED)
Local Authorities and Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman, Local Government Association (invited)
Working towards best practice in special educational needs and disability for teacher education.
SEND in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) project – UCL and Swiss Cottage
Dr Joseph Mintz, Senior Lecturer and Project Lead, Institute of Education at UCL (invited)
Fresh Start in Education
Refreshments & Networking Break
Transitioning in Special Needs Education
Lorraine Dormand, Principal, Robert Ogden School, National Autistic Society (CONFIRMED)
Mind Mechanics, Mental Health Workshops
Edge Inclusion Partners
Move to Seminars
Seminar Stream 1
Seminar A delivered by Pearson
Lunch & Networking
Seminar Stream 2
Session A delivered by Nessy Learning
Refreshments & Networking Break
Case Study - Fresh CAMHS at Alder Hey NHS Trust (invited)
Dr Jo Potier, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Liverpool Fresh CAMHS
Manchester Parent Carer Forum (invited)
Case Study - National Star College, Gloucestershire (invited)
David Ellis, Chief Executive, National Star College
Tony Collins, Learning Disability Ambassador, Remploy (invited)
Making the reasonable adjustments needed for people with SEND to get on in life
Closing Remarks from Chair
Close of Conference
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Who should attend?
Delegates who will have an interest in this event will include: special education providers, SEN teachers, SENCOs, head teachers, directors of education, social inclusion managers, children and youth services directors, directors of schools and learning, and social workers drawn from local authorities, central government departments, schools, health services and the voluntary and private sectors.