Overview
*** New Chair Confirmed ***

Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director: Education, Council for Disabled Children

*** New Speaker Confirmed ***

Janata Ali, SEN Specialist, Boyes Turner LLP

The Government’s commitment to higher aspirations and educational attainment for SEND has been widely recognised through recent reforms, including injections of funding such as those announced in November 2017.

As an area that relies upon multiple agencies and actors working together effectively, SENCOs, LAs and outstanding schools recognised for improving SEND provision will share best practice for you to apply at your setting. We will look to drive home the strategies that need to be implemented in building an effective SEND provision. You will learn how to build a strong single system of SEN support, with the move away from School Action Plan/Plus, and the effective use of Education Health Care Plans (EHCP). With the spotlight on Primary Assessment reform and the recommendations of the Rochford Review, schools will be provided much needed guidance on how you can be fully equipped to the changes introduced and having rigorous support systems in place. The forum will also provide LA’s the latest policy updates and tools and resources to ensure you are maximising and allocating the Government’s high needs funding for 2018 to 2019 most effectively and efficiently. The SEND Code of Practice will also be looked at to ensure you are fully compliant with statutory duties, particularly in light of the 2017 Local Area SEND Inspections: One Year On findings.

This timely forum looks to will provide you the latest tips and tools from senior policymakers and nationally recognised names who work at the heart of the field to ensure the educational outcomes and aspirations of SEND pupils are realised.

Who Should Attend

Those in attendance are likely to include; Children and Youth Services Directors, Directors of Education, Directors of Schools and Learning, Directors of Special Educational Needs, Heads of SEN, Head and Deputy Head Teachers, Inclusion Service Managers, Learning Support Manager, Principals, Qualifications and Assessment Leads, Regional Education Directors, SEN Teachers, SENCO's, Senior Education Advisors, Social Inclusion Managers, Social Workers and Special education providers from local and central government departments, voluntary sector, schools, health services and the private sectors.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:30
Coffee and Registration

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Philippa Stobbs Assistant Director: Education, Council for Disabled Children

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09:40 - 10:00
Where We Are Today and the Road Ahead

 

Speakers

Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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10:00 - 10:20
SEND Code of Practice: Effective Implementation – Challenges and Opportunities in SEND Provision.

 
  • Ensuring a more consistent provision in service, in supporting pupils identified with SEND in the aftermath of the feedback from Local Area SEND Inspections: One Year On   
  • Further steps that can be taken to ensure better involvement of young people and families in initial planning and reviewing provision, as initially set out by the Government.   
  • Specific steps that can be taken between partners in ensuring successful provision for SEND pupils. Addressing identified areas of national concern in provision.   
  • Lessons to be learnt from the transition from School Action Plan/School Action Plus to a single system of SEN support and ensuring any potential gaps that have been created as a result are plugged.

Speakers

Janata Ali SEN Specialist, Boyes Turner LLP

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10:20 - 10:40
Ensuring the Attainment and Achievement of SEND Pupils.

 
  • Improving the experience of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities: findings from local area SEND inspections. 
  • Improving provision and outcomes for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities in schools: effective self-evaluation and review.


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Nick Whittaker HMI Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted

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10:40 - 11:05
Questions and Answers with Speakers

 

11:05 - 11:25
Coffee and Networking Break

 
 





11:25 - 11:45
From Identification, Planning and Reviewing:

 
  • Strategies that can be taken to help identify SEND early as possible.   
  • Improving the process of identification and consultation with parents and specialist staff.  
  • Fast-tracking relevant cases effectively to provide a more timely transition to the stages of building a plan and a review.   
  • Common trends that can be found across the school sector in building a strong process driven system for identification,planning and reviewing outcomes,as well as creating an interactive feedback loop. 

Speakers

Garry Freeman Director of Inclusion, SENCo, Guiseley School and National SEND System Leader London Leadership Strategy

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11:45 - 12:05
Dwelling into Greater Detail - The Graduated Approach and Addressing Each Broad Area of Need

 
  • The graduated approach and best practice at the whole-school level.
  • Strengthening the four-stage cycle of assess, plan, do and review and supplementary support. 
  • Teaching and curriculum considerations. 
  • The importance of review and ensuring staff involved in targeted provision feed back to class and subject teachers. 

Speakers

Malcolm Reeve Managing Director at Firmament and Chair of Governors for Special Academies at Academies Enterprise Trust

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Simone Aspis Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Alliance for Inclusive Education

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12:05 - 12:25
Questions and Answers with Speakers

 

12:25 - 13:25
Lunch and Networking

 

13:25 - 13:45
Afternoon Keynote Address: Effective Support in Schools and the Role of SENCOs

 
  • Maximising the role of teaching assistants in the provision of SEND support. 
  • How can SENCOS and designated school leads be supported by a whole school system approach?   
  • Measures that can be taken to ensure SENCOs are not overburdened by other commitments.   
  • Practical steps that can be taken to ensure SENCOs and schools have an effective system of constant feedback, as part of an iterative process to ensure a successful provision, in a time of limited resources.

Speakers

Dr Helen Curran FHEA Senior Lecturer in Education: SENCO, Institute for Education, Bath Spa University

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13:45 - 14:05
Successful work by Local Authorities

 
  • Improving the quality of EHCPs.    
  • The Local Area SEND Inspections: One Year On – A review and the implications for LAs.   
  • The invaluable role joint assessment centres can play in the identification of SEND and helping cases being fast tracked appropriately.   
  • The role of LAs in facilitating strong strategic leadership and collaboration between partners and how can LAs look to facilitate this better?   
  • The role the of the LA in signposting services to parents early on as possible.

14:05 - 14:25
Questions and Answers with Special Keynote Address Speaker

 

14:25 - 14:45
Coffee and Networking

 

14:45 - 15:05
Collaboration in SEND provision – Different Partners, A Single Goal

 
  • What does successful collaboration look like?   
  • Ensuring effective signposting and early referrals across the system.   
  • Defining accountabilities and boundaries well in such a collaborative and multi-agency environment.   
  • Steps that can be taken to empower parents as part of the provision process. 
  • Best practice in building strong reporting mechanisms amongst all relevant partners and agencies involved.

Speakers

Natalie MacPherson Development Director, MacIntyre

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Julie Pointer Children and Young People Lead - National Development Team for Inclusion - NDTI, (Preparing for Adulthood Programme Lead).

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15:05 - 15:25
SEND and Primary Assessment Reform

 
  • Do the changes introduced at the primary phase go far enough in meeting the bespoke needs of SEND pupils?   
  • Supporting measures and steps that can be provided at the primary phase to bring improvement to SEND provision.   
  • Building a system that is not overly conservative in selecting pupils that are put forward for subject specific learning, in the aftermath of the reforms taking place.

Speakers

Dr Rona Tutt OBE Former Chair of the NAHT’s SEN Committee and Former President of NAHT

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15:25 - 15:45
Case Study - The Transition Between Phases

 
  • Best practice that ensures a smooth transition and integration for SEND pupils across phases, including data considerations.   
  • What considerations need to be given for SEND pupils that may have social and behavioural problems, as part of a school transition?   
  • Improving information sharing between the primary and secondary phase, in consultation with parents.

15:45 - 16:05
Questions and Answers with Speakers

 

16:05 - 16:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Philippa Stobbs Assistant Director: Education, Council for Disabled Children

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End

Speakers

Janata Ali SEN Specialist, Boyes Turner LLP

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Simone Aspis Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Alliance for Inclusive Education

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Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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Dr Helen Curran FHEA Senior Lecturer in Education: SENCO, Institute for Education, Bath Spa University

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Garry Freeman Director of Inclusion, SENCo, Guiseley School and National SEND System Leader London Leadership Strategy

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Natalie MacPherson Development Director, MacIntyre

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Julie Pointer Children and Young People Lead - National Development Team for Inclusion - NDTI, (Preparing for Adulthood Programme Lead).

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Malcolm Reeve Managing Director at Firmament and Chair of Governors for Special Academies at Academies Enterprise Trust

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Philippa Stobbs Assistant Director: Education, Council for Disabled Children

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Dr Rona Tutt OBE Former Chair of the NAHT’s SEN Committee and Former President of NAHT

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Nick Whittaker HMI Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted

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