Key Points
  • The Future of SEND Policy: Future expectations and aspirations leading to better outcomes for SEND pupils
  • Increasing Inclusivity: Improving SEND provisions, reducing exclusions and promoting inclusive learning
  • Best Practice: Examples from primary, secondary, further education and local authorities overcoming challenges and implementing new initiatives
  • Strengthening Transitions and Increasing Accessibility: Examining support services and resources available for SEND pupils and their families


Overview
Confirmed expert speakers:

  • (Chair) Dr. Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, National Association of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Dr. Rona Tutt OBE, Past President, National Association of Head Teachers
  • Professor. Sonia Blandford, CEO, Achievement for All
  • Tara Flood, Director, Alliance for Inclusive Education
  • Jessica Haslam , Head of Disability and Special Educational Needs, York City Council
  • Dr. Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion & SEND Strategic Lead, Portsmouth City Council
  • Tristan Middleton, Director & Chair, Leading Learning for SENDCiC, Senior Lecturer, University of Gloucestershire
  • Nigel Utton, Treasurer, Alliance for Education
  • Linda Jordan, Senior Development Adviser, The National Development for Inclusion
  • Vincent Maiella, SEND Inquiry Adviser, Education Committee All Party Parliamentary Group, Assistant Head & SENCo, Stanway Secondary School
  • Nicky Gibson, Director of Student Support, Progression & Entry to Technical Training, Barking & Dagenham College
  • Amanda Hough, Headteacher, SENCo & Inclusion Manager, St Luke’s Primary School
  • Fenella Potterton, Head of Additional Learning Support, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
  • Abigail Gray, SEND Primary Consultant, SEN Works


  • ‘Inclusivity, not exclusivity is my educational vision for all children. We believe that every child should be able to reach their true potential, regardless of whether they have a special educational need or a disability’

    Emma Lewell-Buck, Shadow Minister for Children and Families

    In December 2018, an additional £100 million in funding was assigned to creating more Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) places in mainstream schools and colleges promoting inclusivity to improve SEND pupils experience in education.

    Westminster Insight’s timely forum will explore ongoing challenges for SEND pupils in mainstream education including exclusions, funding, off-rolling and tribunals. This conference will also examine how future policy initiatives and the Education Committee’s SEND inquiry can improve provisions and support services for SEND pupils.

    You will analyse how ‘SEN Support’ and EHCP SEND students experiences in mainstream schools can differ and gain insight into bridging the gap of outcomes and aspirations for SEND pupils. Hear from key industry experts including government officials, local authorities, the voluntary sector and education on how to build a whole school approach to raising standards for SEND pupils.

    An award-winning local authority will share examples of best practice, sharing strategies to create positive working relationships with families, schools and social care professionals, as well as, how to make the best use of available funding.

    You will review how to increase opportunities and improve accessibility for SEND pupils and young people throughout their education. Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ schools and leading further education colleges will share valuable insight on engaging parents, staff and students, and transitions.

    This conference will include a variety of education practitioners promoting inclusivity and creating a positive school experience for SEND children throughout their education.


    Agenda
    Start

    00:00 - 00:00

     

    09:00 - 09:30
    Registration

     

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

     

    Speakers

    Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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    09:40 - 10:00
    New Government Initiatives: Raising Standards for SEND Pupils in Mainstream Education

     
    • Exploring the Education Committee’s inquiry to SEND 
    • Analysing new government initiatives including new free schools and additional funding 
    • Assessing how local authorities (LA) ‘Local Offer’ can support SEND pupils in mainstream education
    • Tackling the increase in SEND tribunals and off-rolling

    10:00 - 10:10
    Questions & Discussion

     

    10:10 - 10:30
    Reducing Exclusions of SEND pupils: Improving Inclusion in Mainstream Education

     
    • Understanding why SEND pupils are more likely to get excluded from mainstream education Analysing increased exclusions and gap in available provisions for disadvantaged SEND pupils
    • Strategies to reduce exclusions of SEND pupils across primary and secondary schools
    • Investigating the impact of exclusions on SEND pupils
    • Promoting inclusive learning over exclusionary spaces

    Speakers

    Linda Jordan Senior Development Adviser, National Development Team for Inclusion

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    10:30 - 10:40
    Questions & Discussion

     

    10:40 - 11:00
    A review of how feelings of belonging affect young people’s experience of mainstream schooling

     
    • What does it mean “to belong” for children identified as having SEND?
    • How young people manage feelings of difference?
    • What strategies can schools implement to enhance feelings of belonging? 

    Speakers

    Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

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    11:00 - 11:10
    Questions & Discussion

     

    11:10 - 11:25
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:25 - 11:55
    ‘SEN Support’ pupils: Overcoming Challenges and New Strategies

     
    • Identifying the challenges SEND pupils face without ECHP’s in place 
    • Analysing the ‘SEN support’ process: assess, plan, do and review 
    • Strengthening access to provisions and specialist services for pupils without EHCP’s Monitoring and managing SEND pupil’s mental health, developing strategies to best support the mental and emotional wellbeing of all SEND pupils
    • Understanding how LA’s can help support schools and SEND pupils with person-centred plans

    Speakers

    Nigel Utton Treasurer, Alliance for Inclusive Education

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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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    Tristan Middleton Director & Chair of Leading Learning for SENDCiC

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    11:55 - 12:00
    Questions & Discussion

     

    12:00 - 12:20
    A Local Authorities Perspective: Strengthening Multi-agency Approaches to EHCP Assessments

     
    • Addressing the challenges of providing assessments for SEND pupils
    • Demonstrating how we improve outcomes for children and young people
    • Initiatives and strategies to meet increasing demand for specialist provision
    • Strengthening relationships between LA’s, Schools and Health Care professionals
    • Improving multi-agency approaches to ensure increased consistency for families and SEND pupils 

    Speakers

    Jessica Haslam Head of Disability and Special Educational Needs, City of York Council

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    12:20 - 12:30
    Questions and Discussion

     

    12:30 - 12:50
    Case study: Local Authorities Progressing and Improving SEND provisions

     
    • Implementing effective strategies to improve SEND provisions for individuals aged 0-25 years
    • Developing positive working relationships with families, schools and social care professionals
    • How to make the best use of available funding 

    Speakers

    Doctor Julia Katherine Head of Inclusion & Strategic Lead, Portsmouth City Council

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    12:50 - 13:00
    Questions and Discussion

     

    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:00 - 14:30
    (Panel) Developing a Whole School Approach to SEND

     
    • Maximising the role of SENCo’s and SEND leads in primary, secondary and further education settings to support all SEND pupils
    • Providing continued professional development for teachers to support SEND pupils 
    • Understanding how best to support SEND pupils including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Moderate Learning Difficulties pupils
    • Creating a positive and inclusive school experience for SEND pupils
    • Involving children and young people with SEND in the planning of their support 

    Speakers

    Fenella Potterton

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    Vincent Maiella Assistant Headteacher & SENCo

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    Amanda Hough Headteacher/SENCO, St Luke's Church of England School

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    14:30 - 14:40
    Questions & Discussion

     

    14:40 - 15:10
    Engaging Parents, Staff and Pupils: Promoting Inclusivity

     
    • Developing a whole school approach to support SEND pupils and create an inclusive learning environment
    • Creating pupil-centred strategies to supporting SEND pupils 
    • Investigating how parents can contribute to creating an inclusive environment
    • Implementing techniques and policies to create a positive school experience for SEND pupils

    15:10 - 15:20
    Questions & Discussion

     

    15:20 - 15:50
    Improving Accessibility and Transitions for SEND individuals aged 0-25

     
    • Strengthening primary schools’ access for SEND pupils to extra-curricular opportunities, resources and provisions moving into secondary schools
    • Increasing the support for SEND pupils moving from key stages, 3, 4, and 5 during secondary school
    • Reviewing how further education colleges can implement, Preparing for Adulthood and accessibility to opportunities such as apprenticeships and work experience
    • Assessing how primary and secondary schools, and, secondary schools and further education institutions can work together to support SEND pupils and their families 

    Speakers

    Nicky Gibson Director of Student Support, Progression & Entry to Technical Training, Barking & Dagenham College

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    Abigail Gray

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    15:50 - 16:00
    Questions & Discussion

     

    16:00 - 16:05
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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    End

    Speakers

    Dr Adam Boddison Chief Executive, Nasen

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    Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

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    Nicky Gibson Director of Student Support, Progression & Entry to Technical Training, Barking & Dagenham College

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    Abigail Gray

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    Jane Grealish Head of Inclusion, GB MET

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    Jessica Haslam Head of Disability and Special Educational Needs, City of York Council

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    Amanda Hough Headteacher/SENCO, St Luke's Church of England School

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    Linda Jordan Senior Development Adviser, National Development Team for Inclusion

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    Doctor Julia Katherine Head of Inclusion & Strategic Lead, Portsmouth City Council

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    Vincent Maiella Assistant Headteacher & SENCo

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    Tristan Middleton Director & Chair of Leading Learning for SENDCiC

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    Fenella Potterton

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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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    Nigel Utton Treasurer, Alliance for Inclusive Education

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    Venue details

    Holiday Inn Bloomsbury Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT

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