Assessment within Special Educational Needs and Disability - Speakers

Tuesday 4 Feb 2020
IBIS, ILEC Conference Centre, London

Philippa Stobbs (Chair), Assistant Director, Council for Disabled Children

Philippa’s background is in teaching and school inspection work. She leads on education and equalities at the Council for Disabled Children and the Special Educational Consortium; advises on inclusive projects in Europe; was seconded into the DfE as SEN and disability professional adviser; leads a DfE project to increase inclusion in the early years; and is part of the DfE’s strategic partner team. 


Nick Sheffield, Assistant Head at Woodfield Teaching School, part of the Expert Rochford Review Group

Nick Sheffield is an assistant headteacher at Woodfield Teaching School and a guest lecturer at Middlesex and Bedfordshire University. Nick created the reflective teaching tool which is currently being circulated as an outstanding example of utilising the engagement model in reflection and assessment of pupil progress. As a member of the Rochford Review Group, Nick is currently developing CPD, whole-school assessment strategies and case study materials and is at the forefront SEND assessment.   


Hannah Moloney, SENCo and Dyslexia Specialist

Hannah is a qualified and practicing SENCO, overseeing provision across four schools across the 2-18 age range. She is also a dyslexia specialist teacher and assessor and an experienced senior leader. The creative behind the National SENCO Workload Survey 2018 and the charity Generation CAN, she is passionate about improving the working experience of SENCOs nationally, as well as shifting perceptions and awareness about what children and young people with SEND are capable of. 


Dr Deborah Robinson,  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham 

Deborah has had a career-long interest in developing more inclusive classroom practice for SEND, as a teacher, school leader and more latterly, as a teacher educator and researcher. Deborah was also a member of the research team who evaluated the pilot of the ‘Seven Aspects of Engagement’ profile and has been an expert advisor for the Standards and Testing Agency. She currently works as an assistant professor in teacher development at the University of Nottingham. 


Lia Castiglione, Head of Training, Communicate-ed

Lia is the author of the recently published PATOSS/JCQ book ‘Assessing the need for Access Arrangements’. She has 25 years’ experience of teaching learners of all ages and has held an Assessment Practising Certificate since 2008. Lia regularly assesses in schools and colleges and trains nationally on the subject of Exam Access Arrangements.


Mandy Wilding, Education Development Officer, nasen

Mandy taught for 33 years in four primary and infant schools in Northamptonshire and Coventry and has led whole-school assessment, maths and science. She was a primary SENCO for nine years and an assistant headteacher. Mandy is currently leading nasen’s government-funded Early Years Level 3 SENCO Award Project.


Alistair Crawford, Alistair Crawford, Director of St Martins and St Andrew’s Teaching Schools in Derby

Prior to his current role, Martin has worked in a range of specialist schools across the East Midlands as a teacher and senior leader. As an experienced specialist leader of education Alistair has supported many schools and colleagues to develop their SEND provision and improve outcomes for young people with additional needs.