Salford Professional Development is proud to present our seventh 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 with 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 at the conference to hear the latest governmental updates and key issues under consideration, discuss best practice examples, and explore the dynamic challenges in SEND and plans beyond the pandemic.
At a glance
Conference Opens: exhibition and networking
Opening remarks from the Chair
In this presentation, Adam 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.
From Portland College
Exemplar SEND practitioners from Portland College, Mark Dale and Dave Winters, come together to discuss Portland’s 5-year plan – why is health and wellbeing at the core, and what is ‘Be Healthy, Active & Courageous’ all about? They will also share insight on how they measure data approaches and how to best prepare for Adult Outcomes, using learner case studies to bring their concepts to life.
Dr Mark Dale - Principle & CEO, Portland College
David Winter - Curriculum Manager, Portland College
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.
Exceptional Results and Exemplar Practice – How Dixons Trinity Do It
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.
Afternoon Keynote – How the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on SEND works and their priorities for enhancing SEND Provision
In this pre-recorded keynote addressing all delegates, Olivia Blake MP discusses how the All Party Parliamentary Group works, the priorities for enhancing SEND provision, and the impact and lessons learnt from the pandemic.
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 and highlight some of the common issues and themes relating to SEND cases.
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.
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.
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.
Closing remarks from the Chair
- 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
- Qualifications and Assessment Leads
- Regional Education Directors
- Teachers and SEN Teachers
- Senior Education Advisors