The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Conference

Salford Professional Development is proud to present our sixth Special Educational Needs and Disability Conference. Bringing together sector leaders, professionals and parents to reflect on a system that left children and young people feeling ‘forgotten, left-behind and overlooked’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having been disproportionately affected by issues arising from protracted school closures - disrupted teaching and EHCP delivery, lack of support during the transition and a disregard for social, emotional, and mental wellbeing: what measures need to be taken to tackle educational inequality in SEND?

In the National SENCO Workforce Survey 2020, 73% of SENCO’s surveyed reported issues within the virtual delivery of SEN support, with a further 8 out of 10 finding it difficult to provide learning support online.

How can collaborative working be utilised to not only improve outcomes for pupils with SEND but also in supporting SENCOs, Schools and Local Authorities in delivering provisions?

Join us for a virtual forum to discuss best practices, the dynamic challenges in SEND and plans beyond the pandemic.

At a glance

AJ Bell Stadium
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£0 + VAT
87 places remaining
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Agenda

08:30

Conference Opens: exhibition and networking

09:30

Opening remarks from the Chair

Kate Whittlesey
Kate Whittlesey
Director, The SEND Advisory Team

09:40

Opening Keynote

In this presentation, Maxine will talk about how Ofsted inspects SEND provision in schools, what research and inspections (both school and Area SEND) have shown us, and provide an update on the new Area SEND framework. This will include the successes and areas for improvement from providers which will illustrate what strong provision looks like.

Maxine McDonald-Taylor HMI
Maxine McDonald-Taylor HMI
Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted

10:10

Headline Sponsor

10:30

The SEND and Alternative Green Paper – Opportunities and Challenges

The government has consulted on changes to the SEND and Alternative Provision system through a Green Paper. This presentation will focus on the key issues under consideration and provide updates on progress.

André Imich
André Imich
SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education

10:55

Networking Break

11:25

Main Stage Sponsor

11:45

Encouraging Inclusive Education Practice

The Covid-19 Pandemic has highlighted the inequality within the educational system, leaving young people with SEND feeling like an ‘afterthought’. This session will cover best practice examples from the Independent Schools Association.

 

Helen Stanton-Tonner
Helen Stanton-Tonner
Director of Education and Inclusion, Independent Schools Association

12:05

5 Minutes movement

12:10

Sponsored Seminar(s)

12:40

Networking Break

13:40

Sponsored Seminar(s) including the Headline Sponsor Seminar slot

14:10

5 Minutes movement

14:15

Afternoon Keynote – How the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on SEND works and their priorities for enhancing SEND Provision

In this session, Olivia Blake MP will discuss how the All Party Parliamentary Group works, the priorities are for enhancing SEND provision, and the impact and lessons learnt from the pandemic

Olivia Blake
Olivia Blake MP
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on SEND

14:40

An Update from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) investigates complaints about councils and some other authorities and organisations, including independent adult social care providers and children’s social services, in England. In this session, we will explore the lessons learned from the investigations, highlight current improvements, and methods for mitigating future challenges

Sharon Chappell
Assistant Ombudsman, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

15:05

Networking Break

15:35

Tackling challenging behaviour in the classroom

In this session, we will be investigating triggers and potential signs of dysregulated behaviour, as well as looking at a toolbox of proactive measures to help tackle challenging behaviour in the classroom.

Katie Goodwin
Katie Goodwin
Assistant Headteacher, Abbey Hill School and College

16:00

Improving whole school SEND development

‘It is now more important than ever that leaders know where their SEND provision is at and have a clear roadmap of development’. A keynote presentation about demonstrating effective leadership through reviewing of the SEND provision.

Kate Whittlesey
Kate Whittlesey
Director, The SEND Advisory Team

16:25

Parental Reflections on the SEND Review

Tina will be discussing parental thoughts around the SEND Review and AP green paper and what the worries for parents are, but also what we hope that the review will bring.

Tina Emery
Tina Emery
Co-chair and Southwest Regional Steering Group Member, National Network of Parent Carer Forums

16:50

Closing remarks from the Chair

Kate Whittlesey
Kate Whittlesey
Director, The SEND Advisory Team

16:55

Event Ends

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the impact of the Education Inspection Framework on SEND provision
  • Hear impactful stories of remote learning for staff, pupils and parents
  • Consider the ways in which Covid-19 has affected SEND provisions
  • Explore the impact that disruptions in education have had on the social, emotional and language development of SEND children and young adults
  • Hear case studies of best practices from organisations improving outcomes for SEND pupils
  • Gain insight into a BAME perspective on SEND provisions
  • Hear from, engage with and question industry leaders on the future of the SEND sector

Who Should Attend?

  • Directors of Education
  • Directors of Schools and Learning
  • Directors of Special Educational Needs
  • Heads of SEN
  • Head and Deputy Head Teachers
  • Inclusion Service Managers
  • Principals
  • Qualifications and Assessment Leads
  • Regional Education Directors
  • Teachers and SEN Teachers
  • Senior Education Advisors

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