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
  • Anne Heavy, National Director, NASEN
  • Dr Joseph Mintz, Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education
  • Dr Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion, Portsmouth City Council
  • Ann Jones, Principal Adviser for SEN, Barking and Dagenham Council
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, Director, Achievement for All
  • Rosie Green, Founder, Solutions for Inclusion
  • Julia Tyldesley, SENCO, Dagenham Park Secondary School
  • Tina Emery, Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum
  • Mrunal Sisodia, Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum
  • Shainey Slater, SENCO & Assistant Headteacher, Bevington Primary School
  • Julia Tyldesley, SENCO, Dagenham School
  • Jacqui Ford, Deputy Principal Curriculum Innovation and SEND, Weston College


    As the government launches a SEND review into the Children and Families Act 2014, join Westminster Insight’s annual conference to hear from Anne Heavy, Independent Advisor from the review and National Director for Whole School SEND at NASEN.

    Leading practitioners from across education, health and social care partners will share practical initiatives, as 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.

    You will review how to improve accessibility and opportunities for students with SEND, and in doing so helping to create an inclusive mainstream education.

    Hear from teachers who support pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, as they encourage young people to develop meaningful relationships and gain a sense of belonging.

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

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

 

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
  • Enhancing joint working, commissioning and planning by and between education, health and social care partners
  • Identifying where partners can better share data, good practice and peer support to reduce pressure on long-term high needs budget pressures
10.10 - 10.20 Questions and Discussion

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
  • Enhancing joint working, commissioning and planning by and between education, health and social care partners
  • Identifying where partners can better share data, good practice and peer support to reduce pressure on long-term high needs budget pressures
10.10 - 10.20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Anne Heavy National Director, 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
10.50 - 11.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

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

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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
10.50 - 11.00 Questions and Discussion

11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

 

11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

 

11:30 - 12:10
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
12.00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education

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11:30 - 12:10
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
12.00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion

12:10 - 12:40
Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students 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
12.30 - 12.40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rosie Green Founder, Solutions for Inclusion

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12:10 - 12:40
Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students 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
12.30 - 12.40 Questions and Discussion

12:40 - 13:40
Networking Lunch

 

12:40 - 13:40
Networking Lunch

 

13:40 - 14:20
Afternoon Keynote: 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 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
14.10 - 14.20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor Sonia Blandford Director, Achievement for All

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13:40 - 14:20
Afternoon Keynote: 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 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
14.10 - 14.20 Questions and Discussion

14:20 - 15:00
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
  • Creating smooth transitions for SEND students through all stages of their education
14.50 - 15.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Tina Emery Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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Mrunal Sisodia Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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14:20 - 15:00
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
  • Creating smooth transitions for SEND students through all stages of their education
14.50 - 15.00 Questions and Discussion

15:00 - 15:40
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

Speakers

Shainey Slater SENCO & Assistant Headteacher, Bevington Primary School

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Julia Tyldesley SENCO, Dagenham Park Secondary School

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15:00 - 15:40
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

15:40 - 16:20
Case Studies: SEND for Life - Developing career education for SEND pupils

 
  • A primary, secondary and 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 figures.

Speakers

Jacqui Ford Deputy Principal Curriculum Innovation and SEND, Weston College

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Ann Jones Principal for SEND, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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15:40 - 16:20
Case Studies: SEND for Life - Developing career education for SEND pupils

 
  • A primary, secondary and 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 figures.

End

Speakers

Professor Sonia Blandford Director, Achievement for All

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Professor Sonia Blandford Director, Achievement for All

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Tina Emery Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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Tina Emery Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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Jacqui Ford Deputy Principal Curriculum Innovation and SEND, Weston College

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Jacqui Ford Deputy Principal Curriculum Innovation and SEND, Weston College

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Rosie Green Founder, Solutions for Inclusion

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Rosie Green Founder, Solutions for Inclusion

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Anne Heavy National Director, NASEN

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Anne Heavy National Director, NASEN

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Ann Jones Principal for SEND, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Ann Jones Principal for SEND, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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

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

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Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education

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Joseph Mintz Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education

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

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Mrunal Sisodia Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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Mrunal Sisodia Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forum

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Shainey Slater SENCO & Assistant Headteacher, Bevington Primary School

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Shainey Slater SENCO & Assistant Headteacher, Bevington Primary School

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Julia Tyldesley SENCO, Dagenham Park Secondary School

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Julia Tyldesley SENCO, Dagenham Park Secondary School

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Zone 1 Central London


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