Key Points
  • Navigating Ofsted: exploring alternative models of inspection factoring in the different challenges that Alternative Providers face.
  • Curriculum: Aiming to achieve a broader and more balanced Curriculum, accommodating the needs of all skills and abilities.
  • Funding models: exploring the different types of funding for Alternative Provision while ensuring Quality Assurance.
  • SEND provision and Mental Health: additional challenges faced by SEND students, with a focus on mental health and the link with attainment.
  • Local Authorities and the rise of Academisation and Home Education: exploring the functions of LA's in the wake of rising academisation and home education, and how LA's can respond to this.


Overview
Alternative Provision Conference: SEND, Funding, and Navigating Ofsted
"“I hear too many stories about off-rolling, with schools finding ways to remove pupils, outside of the formal exclusions system SEND pupils are not someone else’s problem. Every school is a school for pupils with SEND; and every teacher is a teacher of SEND pupils”
The Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education"

Our expert speakers so far include:

  • Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, NASEN and Chair of Whole SEND School Consortium
  • Cath Kitchen, Member of Steering Group, National Association for Hospital Education
  • (Chair) Dr Louise Gazeley , Senior Lecturer (Education), University of Sussex
  • Janice Hill, Headteacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU
  • Councillor Dr Lynn Moore City Councillor for Leicester City Council and an Educational Psychologist
  • Sarah Cressall Best Selling Author, Multi-Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Founder and Managing Director, The Creation Station Ltd
  • Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead
  • David Bishop Head of Service for Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council
  • James Fornara Principal of WAC Arts College
  • Nell Nicholson Headteacher, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kirsty Brant Lead Nurse and Clinical Lead Gloucester House, Tavistock Children’s Day Unit
  • Nimisha Deakin Clinical Nurse Specialist and Gloucester House Outreach Lead

This year the DfE has undoubtedly shown that they are committed to transforming Alternative Provision, but the evidence shows that there is still much more to be done. Alternative Providers- including Pupil Referral Unit’s and SEND specialist schools- as well as local authorities across the country, have been exploring ways of ensuring a high-quality education for children outside of mainstream education, while trying to find cost effective solutions.

Our conference on Alternative Provision, hosted in Manchester, follows on from our successful Alternative Provision Conference hosted in London on the 3rd July 2018. This conference will unpack the latest developments from the DfE, as well as exploring key topics such as navigating Ofsted, SEND, Mental Health and Funding challenges.

This conference will allow delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Academies, PRU’s, Hospital Schools, Local Authorities and more, to consult and discuss the best ways to overcome the challenges that AP faces. Delegates will be able to explore these issues in an unbiased and open forum by collaborating and sharing best practice with others.

This forum will also provide delegates with the necessary tools and tips from senior policy-makers and expert personnel, to improve the functionality of alternative providers.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Tea, Coffee and Registration

 

09:15 - 09:35
Chair's opening remarks: What questions need to be asked about Alternative Provision?

 
Abstract

  • This session will open up some of the critical questions that need to be asked about alternative provision. They are particularly important in the context of rising concerns about exclusion in all its many forms.
  • Exclusion and inclusion are inter-linked with the latter coming from a values position that, despite being universally endorsed, is not universally enacted despite being fundamentally connected with issues of equity. The expansion of alternative provision therefore reflects overlapping social, educational and individual challenges that call for ever more complex understandings.  
  • At its most basic, the term ‘alternative’ poses the question ‘alternative to what’? The question about who such provision serves - based on what perceptions of need - then follows. More far reaching questions include where increased demand for alternatives stems from and the part played by contextual and systemic factors. 
  • Questions around how to assess and maximise the short and long term value of alternative provision need to be set in the context of these kinds of wider questions.

Speakers

Dr. Louise Gazeley Senior Lecturer (Education), University of Sussex

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09:35 - 10:05
Key-Note Address

 
  • An update on the national SEND landscape to provide a context for the rest of the day
  • An update on the work of Whole School SEND and the delivery of the SEND Schools’ Workforce contract, including the specific elements that are focused on alternative provision

Speakers

Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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10:05 - 10:30
Navigating Ofsted

 

Case Study 1: Pendelbury Centre PRU, Stockport
Janice Cahill, Headteacher 


Speakers

Janice Cahill Head Teacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU in Stockport

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10:30 - 11:20
The Role of Local Authorities

 
  • AP in your area: Exclusions, Admissions and reintegration     
  • Finding cost effective solutions while maintaining Quality Assurance    
  • Collaborations, Partnerships and connected service
  • Elective Home Education



Speakers

Councillor Dr Lynn Moore City Councillor for Leicester City Council and an Educational Psychologist

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David Bishop Head of Service: Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council

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11:20 - 11:40
Tea, Coffee and Networking break

 

11:40 - 13:15
SEND and Mental Health

 
11:40:12:05
Mental Health in Schools
Dean Johnstone 
  • The move towards school mental health as an emerging branch of leadership and public health 
  • Themes arising from the first cohort of school leaders of mental health, the good, the bad and the blind spots 
  • Where next for the 'whole school approach to mental health?'
12:05-12:30
Alternative Provision for pupils with complex mental and physical health needs
Cath Kitchen

  • Statutory guidance from the DfE
  • Key points for the AP providers for pupils with medical needs
  • Funding 
12:30-13:00
Joining up of services
between healthcare and education
Nell Nicholson

13:00-13:15
Joint Q&A


Speakers

Nimisha Deakin Clinical Nurse Specialist and Gloucester House Outreach Lead

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Kirsty Brant Lead Nurse and Clinical Lead Gloucester House, Tavistock Children’s Day Unit

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Cath Kitchen Member of Steering Group, National Association for Hospital Education

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Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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Nell Nicholson Headteacher, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

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13:15 - 14:15
Networking Lunch

 

14:15 - 15:00
Curriculum

 
The Importance of Creativity in Alternative Provision

  • Why harnessing students’ creativity and their passion in performing arts and creative media re-engages them in learning
  • Ensure the continued education of children and young people in a supportive and      nurturing education environment
  • Support pupils to address any emotional and behavioural difficulties which affect their development
  • Deliver robust tailored teaching techniques for English and maths
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Speakers

Sarah Cressall Best Selling Author, Multi-Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Founder and Managing Director, The Creation Station Ltd.

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James Fornara Principal of Wac Arts College

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15:25 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

David Bishop Head of Service: Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools, Birmingham City Council

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Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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Kirsty Brant Lead Nurse and Clinical Lead Gloucester House, Tavistock Children’s Day Unit

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Janice Cahill Head Teacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU in Stockport

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Sarah Cressall Best Selling Author, Multi-Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Founder and Managing Director, The Creation Station Ltd.

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Nimisha Deakin Clinical Nurse Specialist and Gloucester House Outreach Lead

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James Fornara Principal of Wac Arts College

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Dr. Louise Gazeley Senior Lecturer (Education), University of Sussex

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Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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Cath Kitchen Member of Steering Group, National Association for Hospital Education

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Councillor Dr Lynn Moore City Councillor for Leicester City Council and an Educational Psychologist

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Nell Nicholson Headteacher, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

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Venue details

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