Key Points
  • The future of children of SEND in mainstream education: future policy and the potential outcomes from the SEND inquiry
  • Raising outcomes and expectations: changing what we expect of and for children with SEND
  • Developing a whole school approach: engaging parents, schools, local authorities and health care to work together to improve provisions
  • Overcoming the barriers children with SEND face in mainstream education: reducing SEND tribunals, off-rolling and exclusion to promote an inclusive school environment

Expert Speakers Include

  • Lord Storey CBE, Vice Chair, Education APPG
  • Andrea Jenkyns, , Co-Chair, Education Committee
  • Dr Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education
  • Dr Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion, Portsmouth City Council
  • Nys Hardingham, Headteacher, Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Ann Jones , Principal Adviser for SEN, Barking and Dagenham Council
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, Director, Achievement for All
  • Rosie Green, Founder, Solutions for Inclusion
  • Rosalind Luff, National Representative, National Network of Parent Carer Forum
  • Julia Tyldesley, SENCO, Dagenham Park Secondary School

    The number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) has increased for a third* consecutive year, representing 15% of the total pupil population. With growing concerns over funding, SEND tribunals, and off-rolling creating an inclusive school environment that meets the needs of all its students has never been more important.

    Westminster Insight’s one day conference will examine the potential outcomes from the SEND inquiry including how future policy initiatives can improve support services and available funding for both local authorities and schools.

    Explore how ITT and continued professional development opportunities can help to create confident and capable teachers who are well prepared to support children with SEND in mainstream schools. You will analyse how SEND students’ experiences in mainstream schools can differ as well as gaining insight into bridging the gap of outcomes and aspirations for SEND pupils.

    Leading practitioners from across, primary and secondary schools, further education and local authorities will share practical initiatives on promoting inclusivity, developing a whole school approach and exploring life beyond school. You will review how to increase opportunities and improve accessibility for SEND pupils and young people throughout their education.

    Hear from frontline professionals who are responding to the mental health, and, social and emotional needs of SEND pupils across education to enhance pupils experience of education.

    Join your peers from local authorities, schools, health and social servicesand the voluntary sector to learn practical strategies to support children with SEND in and out of the classroom.


09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Refreshments and Networking


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


09:40 - 10:20
Keynote Address 1: Creating Inclusive Schools: increasing support for SEND pupils

  • Reviewing the outcomes from the Education Committee’s inquiry to SEND, understanding how to improve support for SEND pupils in mainstream education
  • Creating more mainstream school places for SEND students, to meet the current shortfall
  • Exploring the funding available for local authorities and schools, to improve SEND provisions in mainstream education and reduce SEND tribunals 
  • Enabling a whole school approach towards SEND to produce inclusive and holistic schools 
10:10 - 10:20 questions and discussions

10:20 - 11:00
Raising Aspirations and Outcomes for SEND pupils

  • Analysing the widening gap in outcomes between non-SEND and SEND pupils
  • Identifying the differences in achievement between ECHP and ‘SEN Support’ pupils
  • Exploring changes to the curriculum and assessment for SEND pupils, implementing pre-key stage standards and understanding the difference from P scales
  • Understanding Ofsted’s role in raising standards and inclusion for SEND pupils
  • Creating effective strategies and techniques to improve academic achievement for SEND pupils
10:50 – 11.00 Questions and discussions

11:00 - 11:30
Networking and Refreshments


11:30 - 12:00
Panel Session: Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of SEND Student’s to Improve their School Experience

  • Prioritising the mental health of SEND pupils
    Exploring strategies schools can implement to encourage positive mental health 
  • Schools, health care and local authorities working together to promote positive mental health
  • Creating a safe and secure environment, where SEN pupils feel as if they belong 
  • Supporting the mental health of SEND students to help develop a positive relationship with the school
  • Helping SEND pupil develop meaningful relationship with non-SEND pupils, improving integration   

11:50 – 12.00 Questions and discussions

12:00 - 12:40
Changing Initial Teacher Training: preparing future teachers to support SEND Pupils

  • Adapting initial teacher training so all teachers are better prepared to provide SEND support
  • Analysing routes into SEND teaching to create SEND specific teachers 
  • Offering continued professional development and training for teachers to boost confidence and increase expectations of SEND pupils
12:30 – 12.40 Questions and discussions

12:40 - 13:20
Panel Session: Tackling Funding and Tribunals: local authorities, schools and parents working together to improve schooling for SEND pupils

  • Understanding the implications of budget shortfalls on SEND pupils
  • Exploring new government spending on SEND and what more can be done to bridge the funding gap
  • Improving multi-agency approaches to ensure increased consistency for families and SEND pupils 
  • Creating smooth transitions for SEND students through all stages of their education
13:10 – 13.20 Questions and discussions

13:15 - 14:20
Networking Lunch


14:20 - 15:20
Case Studies: Developing A Whole School Approach towards SEND

A Primary, Secondary and Further Education College will share their approach towards SEND and overcoming barriers for exclusion. Developing strategies to create a pupil-centre approach to create a positive school experience for SEND pupils.

15:10 – 15:20 Joint Question and Discussion

15:20 - 15:50
Case Studies: SEND for Life: Developing Career Education for SEND pupils

A Primary, Secondary, Further Education College and higher education provider will explore life beyond school for SEND students, including career planning, extra-curricular opportunities and supporting SEND students in higher education. Understand how to develop well rounded SEND pupils who have positive futures.

15:50 - 16:00
Chairs closing remarks




Andrea Jenkyns MP Co-Chair, Education Committee

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