SEND Provision - London - Programme

Tuesday 23 May 2023
America Square Conference Centre, London

Guarantee high quality teaching is available to all SEND learners within a whole school approach


Registration, refreshments and networking (08:30)

Welcome and housekeeping (09:15)

Chair's introduction and welcome (09:20)

Gareth Morewood, Educational Advisor at Studio III

Whole school SEND approach - every teacher is a teacher of SEND (09:30)

Support your staff’s confidence in teaching pupils with SEND.

Dr Alison Ekins, Course Director of the National Award for SEN Coordination at Canterbury Christ Church University

Mental health and wellbeing of SEND learners (09:55)

Ensure that you can offer high quality evidence-based support to all learners with SEMH needs.

Sam Garner, Mental Health and Inclusion Consultant

Questions and answers (10:20)

Harnessing neuroscience to improve the mental health of staff and pupils (10:25)

Discover how understanding the neuroscience behind children’s or young people’s behaviour supports calmer classrooms, more engaged learners, and happier staff.

Anna Smee, Managing Director, Thrive

Questions and answers (10:45)

Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (11:00 – 11:40)

Workshop choices (11:40 – 12:30)

1A. Using iPads to empower SEND students

Empower your students, teachers and teaching assistants with supportive technology.

Ricky Brown, Teacher and Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Sync

1B. Early Identification and screening

Recognise barriers to learning to ensure early intervention.

Emma Pinnock, SEND Consultant, Essential Education Group LTD

1C. Using The Saturation Model as a tool for school improvement

Examples from around the globe on how the saturation model has supported educational settings with practical ideas for immediate and longer-term improvement planning.

Gareth Morewood, Educational Advisor at Studio III

Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:30 – 13:20)

Workshop choices (13:20 – 14:10)

2A. Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Increase your knowledge and understanding of EBSA and gain new approaches to overcoming barriers to learning.

Catrina Lowri, SENDCO, Founder and Co-Director of Neurodivergent Teachers Network CIC

2B. Communicating with parents

Ensure effective communication with parents to support the best possible outcomes for their child.

Gareth Morewood, Educational Advisor at Studio III

2C. What can we learn from our autistic students?

Rethink the way you look at your students and focus on what you can learn from them.

Jo Billington, Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Autism, University of Reading

Workshop choices (14:15 – 15:05)

3A. Engaging ADHD learners

Increase your understanding of the three main ADHD profiles and the complexities of how they impact the whole person  – gain new approaches to support learning.

Rebecca Garside, BA QTS (hons) SEND, NASENCO, Director and Founder

3B. The SENCO as a strategic leader 

Understand your role and responsibilities and how they combine and interact with the wider leadership team.

Frances Akinde, SEND Advisor, Former Secondary Special Headteacher

3C. Maximise your use of Teaching Assistants 

Simple changes that can ensure a TA's skills and relationship with students are used effectively.

Catrina Lowri, SENDCO, Co-Director and Co-Founder of Neurodivergent Teachers Network CIC

Tigz O'Malley, BA childhood studies, 1-1 SEN Teaching assistant

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (15:05 – 15:25)

SEND law - Handling complaints (15:25)

Increase your understanding of the laws that affect your practice.

Richard Freeth, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Your next steps (15:55)

Conference close (16:00)