Efficient Partnership Working to Improve SEND Outcomes - Speakers

Thursday 24 Nov 2016
Barbican Conference Centre, London



Gareth D Morewood

Director of Curriculum Support (SENCO), Priestnall School

Gareth has been the Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School in Stockport since September 2002. During this time he has shaped provision not only at Priestnall but also in a number of other schools and Local Authorities across the UK and Ireland through support, research, training and consultancy. Gareth also regularly supports parents and carers with SEND legislation and provision, as part of his wider interests in equality and opportunity for all.

Ann Hickman

Ann is a full time mother of three and part time college teacher.  Two of Ann’s children have a range of additional needs and attend different settings. Ann shares her thoughts, ideas and experiences of life with her children on her blog, Rainbows are too beautiful.

Sue Birchall

Finance Manager, Mascalls Academy

Sue has held roles in all phases of education, both mainstream and academy. She has been a DSBM assessor and is on the Optimus Editorial Board. She holds a BA (Hons) in School Business Management and is passionate about the future of education and collaborative working to achieve improvement.



Mark Blois

Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Mark specialises in advice to schools and local authorities on the full range of legal issues, both contentious and non-contentious, including special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions and exclusions.

Elizabeth Burns

SENCO, St James’ Catholic High School

Elizabeth has worked in SEN for over 20 years. She set up and runs a very successful cross borough SENCO Forum. She continues to deliver training on the Barnet NQT programme on Language and Communication needs. Elizabeth was a member of NASEN mini-project 2014 on outstanding SEND practice in schools. She is a member of the NASEN SENCO Advisory Group.

Anne Massey

Education Consultant, E2i consultancy

Anne is an experienced teacher, SENCO and school leader. She spent six years working as a Local Authority School Improvement Adviser in Kent and now works as an independent consultant in schools and for Local Authorities across the country.

Kari Anson

SEND Lead, Tettenhall Wood School

A Psychology graduate, Kari is an experienced teacher who has taught in both main stream and special education. She has taught both Primary and Secondary.  A post holder of the National Award for SEN she currently leads SEND at a special school which has included chairing 38 EHCP Transfer reviews since September!

Elizabeth Stanley

Director, Wraparound Partnership

Elizabeth has worked as a SENCO and Director of Learning, in Special Needs, mainstream education since 1996. Elizabeth is also a National Rep for the NNPCF as her eldest daughter has severe learning difficulties. Her passion is a focus on collaboration and partnership working to improve outcomes.