Key Points
  • The Children and Families Act Five Years on: exploring how policy can transform education for children and young people with SEND
  • Working Together: improving multi-agency work across schools, local authorities and social work to increase support and opportunities
  • Best Practice Examples: hear from primary and secondary schools, local authorities and further education colleges implementing new ideas to help enhance school experience
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Overview
Expert Speakers Include

  • Malcolm Reeve, National SEND Leader, Whole School SEND
  • Katherine Walsh,Regional SEND Leader, NASEN
  • Gary Aubin,Head of SEND, Future Academies
  • Dr Joseph Mintz, Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education
  • Dr Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion, Portsmouth City Council
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO, Achievement for All
  • Rosie Green, Founder, Solutions for Inclusion
  • Julia Tyldesley, SENCO, Dagenham Park School
  • Garry Freeman, Independent SEND Consultant
  • Jazz Styles, Birmingham City Council


    As the government launches a SEND review into the Children and Families Act 2014, join Westminster Insight’s annual conference to hear from Katherine Walsh, Regional SEND Leader at NASEN.

    Leading practitioners from across education, health and social care partners will share practical initiatives, helping to promote positive wellbeing while supporting students academically through COVID-19. You’ll learn more on what is required to promote inclusivity, develop a whole school approach and explore life beyond school.

    Building on the outcomes from the SEND inquiry by the Education Committee, you’ll explore how we can raise our expectations for children and young people with SEND, develop school experience, and increase academic achievements.
    Considering the ongoing impact of missed education on SEND pupils, you will explore how to overcome gaps in learning and ensure SEND pupils are well prepared for transition into new year groups and Key Stages.
    Review how to improve accessibility and opportunities for students with SEND, and in doing so helping to create an inclusive mainstream education.

    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.

    Network with your peers from local authorities, schools, and the voluntary sector to gain actionable.

Agenda
Start

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

 

Speakers

Malcolm Reeve National Leader of Education and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND

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09:40 - 10:20
Keynote Address: Reviewing support and provisions for children with SEND

 
  • Meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND to improve outcomes
  • Explore the impact of Covid 19 school closures on SEND students and families and how to ensure the transition back to education
  • Identifying where partners can better share data, good practice and peer support to reduce pressure on long-term high needs budget pressures
  • Ensuring school improvement, establishing shared and inclusive practices to help create positive school experiences for children with SEND
10:10 - 10:20 Questions and Discussion

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Katherine Walsh Regional SEND Leader for South Central England and Northwest London, NASEN

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10:20 - 11:00
Becoming an Inclusive Local Authority: How to promote inclusion and improve outcomes

 
  • Implementing effective strategies to create inclusive SEND provisions for individuals aged 0-25 years
  • Helping to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on learning and how a local authority can support students and their families   
10:50 - 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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

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11:00 - 11:15
Break

 

11:15 - 11:45
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
11:35 - 11:45 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education

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11:45 - 12:15
Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students to Improve their School Experience

 
  • Prioritising the mental health of SEND pupils understanding the impact of COVID-19 on student wellbeing to better support returning and vulnerable students   
  • 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
12:05 - 12:15 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rosie Green Founder, Solutions for Inclusion

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12:15 - 12:45
Intermission

 

12:45 - 13:15
Afternoon Keynote: Raising aspirations and outcomes for SEND pupils

 
  • Analysing the widening gap in outcomes between non-SEND and SEND pupils post COVID-19
  • 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 between 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
13:05 - 13:15 Questions and Discussion

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Professor Sonia Blandford Director, Achievement for All

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13:15 - 13:50
Tackling Funding and Tribunals: local authorities, schools and parents working together to improve school for pupils with SEND

 
  • Understanding the implications of budget shortfalls on SEND pupils
  • Exploring new government spending on SEND and what more can done to bridge the funding gap
  • Improving multi-agency approaches to ensure increased consistency for families and SEND pupils, building cohesive support networks throughout the COVID-19 crisis
  • Creating smooth transitions for SEND students through all stages of their education
13:40 - 13:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Garry Freeman Independent SEND Consultant

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13:50 - 14:50
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
14:35 – 14:50 Questions and Discussion

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Gary Aubin Head of SEND, Future Academies

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Jazz Styles Birmingham City Council

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Julia Tyldesley SENCO, Dagenham Park School

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14:50 - 15:00
Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Malcolm Reeve National Leader of Education and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND

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End

Speakers

Garry Freeman Independent SEND Consultant

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Gary Aubin Head of SEND, Future Academies

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Professor Sonia Blandford Director, Achievement for All

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Rosie Green Founder, Solutions for Inclusion

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

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Dr Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education

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Malcolm Reeve National Leader of Education and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND

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Jazz Styles Birmingham City Council

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Julia Tyldesley SENCO, Dagenham Park School

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Katherine Walsh Regional SEND Leader for South Central England and Northwest London, NASEN

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Venue details

Digital Live Broadcast


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