Key Points
  • Examining and counteracting school exclusions and 'off-rolling': placing reintegration at the forefront of interventions
  • Evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on AP provision and the likely long-term changes
  • Exploring the impact of various funding models for AP and the need for a prioritisation
  • Developing a partnership culture for a more collaborative inter-agency approach, helping to better educational outcomes for children in AP
  • Providing AP staff with the necessary tools to better support children and young people with SEMH
  • Creating sustainable Post-16 transition pathways into Higher Education, training, apprenticeships, and viable job placements
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Overview
Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sarah Dove , President, PRUsAP
  • Kiran Gill , Founder and Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Rob Gasson , Chief Executive, Wave Multi Academy Trust
  • Stephen Steinhaus , Principal, Solihull Academy
  • Mark Londesborough , Associate Director of Creative Learning and Development, RSA
  • Ian Thompson , Director, PGCE course, University of Oxford
  • Gerry Robinson , Executive Headteacher, Haringey Learning Partnership
  • Mike Armiger, Educator & Adviser
  • Prof Damien Page , Professor, Leeds Beckett University
  • Jeni Barnacle , Director of Nurturing Change, Nurcha
  • Helen Shapter Wheeler , Head of School, Bridge Academy
  • Sara Parsonage , Associate Director, Social Finance
  • Hazel Bunting , Head Teacher, Exceptional Ideas Limited
  • Ellie Doyle , Difference Leader, The Difference
  • Seamus Oates CBE, CEO TBAP, AP/SEND Executive Leader
  • Dr Lynn Moore, Educational Psychologist, School Governor and City Councillor, Leicester City Council
  • Jeremy Dodd, Co-Headteacher, The Academy of Central Bedfordshire
  • Neil Dawson, Co-Founder, The Family School


Westminster Insight’s Alternative Provision Digital Conference will respond to the impact of COVID-19 on AP provision. Join us to explore new developments in the sector and insightful case studies from leading practitioners. Explore the regulatory environment,innovative funding models, de-centralisation, multi-agency collaboration, mental health support, parental engagement and successful Post-16 Transitions.

You will hear from experts who are leading research and advocacy for the sector, and practitioners who are harnessing the lessons learnt to adapt service provision to the evolving needs of children and young adults in AP.

In light of COVID-19 with so many services switching to digital delivery our Alternative Provision Digital Conference will also provide a professional perspective on the benefits, range and depth of new and appropriate supporting technologies.

Join us to explore how to utilise early intervention strategies to prevent exclusion in schools and how to make AP fit-for-purpose, improving outcomes for student's education and well-being.

Agenda
Start

08:50 - 08:55
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Rob Gasson Chief Executive, Wave Multi Academy Trust

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08:55 - 09:25
COVID-19: Crisis Responses and Likely Long-Term Change

 
  • Evaluating existing risks that promote exclusion and assessing the heightened risks for school exclusion after COVID-19
  • Changes to ways of working: Embracing innovation and identifying what can be retained as we emerge from the pandemic and assessing its consequences
  • Digital delivery: enabling parental engagement and inclusion and ensuring pupil accountability
  • The effective use of technology in supporting students (staff, parents and guardians) for remote and fast-track catch-up learning

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Mark Londesborough Associate Director of Creative Learning and Development, Royal Society of Arts

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Caron Johnson

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09:25 - 09:55
Understanding The Issues of School Exclusions: Preventing Off-rolling and Reintegration

 
  • Preventing of children systemically or inadvertently “falling through the cracks”
  • Early Intervention: identifying at-risk students and working to prevent exclusion
  • What return-to-school support and guidance exists or can be further developed?


Speakers

Jeremy Dodd Head of School, The Academy of Central Bedfordshire

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Stephen Steinhaus Principal, Solihull Academy

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Sara Parsonage Associate Director, Social Finance

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09:55 - 10:10
Intermission

 

10:10 - 10:40
Developing A Culture of Collaborative Working for The Promotion of “Quality Education for All”

 
  • Dissecting the role of local authorities, mainstream schools, pupil referral units (PRUs) and wider children services in assessing and supporting the development, well-being and academic needs and of pupils
  • Exploring how stakeholder services can be better integrated for optimal partnership
  • Enabling better educational outcomes for children in AP through increasing parental/carer engagement
  • Identifying effective ways to build the capacity within schools that allows them to work more closely with families while not overloading teacher

Speakers

Hazel Bunting Head Teacher, Exceptional Ideas Limited

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Professor Damien Page Professor, Leeds Beckett University

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Dr Lynn Moore Educational Psychologist, School Governor and City Councillor, Leicester City Council

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10:40 - 11:10
Considerations Impacting Funding for AP

 
  • Reassessing the funding requirements as a result of COVID-19
  • Reviewing the 2020-2021 revenue funding guidelines and alternative funding sources 
  • Making the best use of resources: School resource management and planning 
  • Identifying and analysing different funding models and exploring innovation 


Speakers

Seamus Oates CBE CEO TBAP, AP/SEND Executive Leader

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Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

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11:10 - 11:30
Fireside Chat: Successful Teaching tools and Best Practice

 
  • Identifying and attracting gifted teachers
  • Ensuring staff are effectively coached and supported through development & training

Speakers

Ian Thompson Director, PGCE course, University of Oxford

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Kiran Gill Founder and Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute for Public Policy Research

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11:30 - 12:15
Supporting Children and Young People with SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) Needs in Alternative Provision

 
  • Learning from the pandemic: Helping the rising number of children who are coping with trauma, increasingly complex mental health issues and concerning home-life instability
  • Supporting staff to understand and deliver a more trauma based approach to educational & social development of child and young-adult 
  • How to equip teaching staff with the necessary tools to better respond to underlying factors that impact outcomes for pupils 
  • AP effectiveness: Early intervention, assessment and identification of learning and SEMH needs
  • AP responses to COVID-19: Systems to support wellbeing of both staff and pupils


Speakers

Mike Armiger Educator & Adviser

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Neil Dawson Teacher/Consultant, Anna Freud

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Jeni Barnacle Director, Nurturing Change (Nurcha)

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Gerry Robinson Executive Headteacher, Haringey Learning Partnership

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12:15 - 12:35
Creating Sustainable and Successful Post-16 Transition Pathways into Further Education and Work Related Sustainable Destinations

 
  • Spotlighting what has been effective in successfully promoting the progression from AP to post-16 social participation, educational advancement and viable employment integration
  • Analysing the extent to which COVID-19 is affecting providers and pupils in the post-16 cadre
  • What support is available to young people who may have lost opportunities because of COVID-19?
  • What are the additional funding requirements for APs to support sustainable post 16-transition?
  • Assessing Post-16 success: Which is the best measure for success? How to track students and determine whether they have been successful in their post-16 transitions?

Speakers

Helen Shapter Wheeler Head of School, Bridge Academy, Milton Keynes Alternative Provision year 6-year 13

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Ellie Doyle Difference Leader, The Difference

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12:35 - 12:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Rob Gasson Chief Executive, Wave Multi Academy Trust

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End

Speakers

Mike Armiger Educator & Adviser

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Jeni Barnacle Director, Nurturing Change (Nurcha)

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Hazel Bunting Head Teacher, Exceptional Ideas Limited

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Neil Dawson Teacher/Consultant, Anna Freud

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Jeremy Dodd Head of School, The Academy of Central Bedfordshire

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Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

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Ellie Doyle Difference Leader, The Difference

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Rob Gasson Chief Executive, Wave Multi Academy Trust

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Kiran Gill Founder and Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute for Public Policy Research

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Caron Johnson

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Mark Londesborough Associate Director of Creative Learning and Development, Royal Society of Arts

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Dr Lynn Moore Educational Psychologist, School Governor and City Councillor, Leicester City Council

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Seamus Oates CBE CEO TBAP, AP/SEND Executive Leader

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Professor Damien Page Professor, Leeds Beckett University

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Sara Parsonage Associate Director, Social Finance

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Gerry Robinson Executive Headteacher, Haringey Learning Partnership

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Helen Shapter Wheeler Head of School, Bridge Academy, Milton Keynes Alternative Provision year 6-year 13

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Stephen Steinhaus Principal, Solihull Academy

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Ian Thompson Director, PGCE course, University of Oxford

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Venue details

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