Read all about our Speakers for the ‘EHCP Special’ Virtual SEND Conference

All 12 SEND expert speakers are now confirmed for the next Virtual SEND Conference on Friday 27 November. Read all about what will be covered in each session and find out more about the speakers themselves…

EHCP Special

This online conference covers everything you need to know about Education Health and Care Plans and how to ensure your pupils with SEND get the support they need. Topics include: EHCP aims and objectives; working cooperatively with families; practical steps for implementing an EHCP effectively; meaningful Annual Reviews; legal requirements; good quality health and social care advice, and more. This is the first time we’ve chosen a theme for the conference. We’ve done it because so many schools accessing our previous conferences have asked for more help with EHCPs.

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Who’s Speaking?

Lorraine Petersen
Educational Consultant, LPEC

SEND Code of Practice 2015: 0 to 25 years, EHCP policy and process – aims and objectives of EHCPs

Lorraine outlines the policy in the SEND Code of Practice 2015 in relation to EHC needs assessment and EHCPs. She describes the process by which a school, parent carer or other individual may seek an EHC needs assessment and the procedures that follow towards an EHCP.

about Lorraine

Lorraine Petersen has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a Teacher and Headteacher.

From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with SEND. She worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership and UKTI, not to mention being a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous national and international events and conferences. In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

Lorraine now runs LPEC an educational consultancy dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities including those with mental health needs.

Jane Friswell
SEND Consultant and Parent Advocate

Efficacy of the EHCP annual review; how do we check if a plan is delivering the goods?

The EHCP annual review is the measure to agree how well a plan is delivering in terms of meeting pupil needs, provision and outcomes. Jane’s session aims to enable those leading on SEND provision to manage annual reviews effectively and be confident in setting high expectations and delivering outcomes-focused support and greater levels of personalised progress for pupils.

about jane

A former SEN Head Teacher, with significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane Friswell is now Director of a SEND Consultancy. An innovative support agency for those working in SEND that specialises in leading effective strategic review of provision for children and young people with SEND. It commissions co-productively with young people with additional needs to effect improvement at local level.

Jane has a wealth of experience and successful SEND and School Improvement leadership of national and international projects. This includes government policy advisory support and developing training and education services for teachers, SENCOs, senior leaders and governors. As well as LA SEND Peer Challenge and Sufficiency Review, and school inspection. Jane also provides advisory support for children and young people’s mental health.

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Sarah-Jane Critchley
Author, Speaker, Consultant and Coach

Listening to pupils, working with parents to create effective EHCPs and cooperative annual reviews

How can you tap into pupil voice and partnership with parents to create an EHCP that enables a pupil to learn and the school to deliver life-changing support? A good EHCP can make the difference between a pupil who is disengaged and one who is able to learn and develop. Sarah-Jane provides a parent and pupil perspective, for mainstream, specialist provision and those out of school.

about sarah-jane

Sarah-Jane Critchley is Founder of the Different Joy Partnership focused on helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing. She is also the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ and a contributor to two titles on autism and girls, as well as an international keynote speaker.

For over 10 years Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of its award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK. Sarah-Jane holds a Master of Business Administration specialising in the management of change from London’s City University. She identifies as autistic and is the proud mother of two young adults (a late-diagnosed girl and boy).

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Jane Friswell
SEND Consultant and Parent Advocate

Good practice principles when applying for top-up funding; how to apply and measuring the impact of spend

Special and mainstream schools are feeling the pressure on places for increasingly complex SEND provision. How do we ensure that any additional top-up funding for SEND is invested well and does add value to a continuum of provision for SEND across a local area? Jane shares the principles schools need to apply (allowing for local variations of systems and practices) when accessing additional funding for SEND.

about jane

A former SEN Head Teacher, with significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane Friswell is now Director of a SEND Consultancy. An innovative support agency for those working in SEND that specialises in leading effective strategic review of provision for children and young people with SEND. It commissions co-productively with young people with additional needs to effect improvement at local level.

Jane has a wealth of experience and successful SEND and School Improvement leadership of national and international projects. This includes government policy advisory support and developing training and education services for teachers, SENCOs, senior leaders and governors. As well as LA SEND Peer Challenge and Sufficiency Review, and school inspection. Jane also provides advisory support for children and young people’s mental health.

Kate Browning
School Improvement for SEND Specialist Consultant

Now you’ve got the EHCP, what can schools do next to ensure it makes a difference in practice?

Kate looks at the important practical next steps needed to implement an EHCP effectively. This includes effective communication and information sharing, mapping and monitoring provision, outlining roles and responsibilities and preparing for the first annual review. This session focuses on promoting a collaborative person-centred approach which upholds high expectations.

about kate

Kate Browning is a School Improvement for SEND Specialist Consultant. She is a well-regarded lead professional both locally and nationally in school improvement for children and young people with SEND.

Kate has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, SENCO and Local Authority School Improvement Officer for SEN. She was also interim Education Development Officer for nasen, where she supported the delivery of nationwide training on the SEND Code of Practice with the Department for Education. She now works with Teaching School Alliances, MATs, local authorities and individual schools to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND across the primary and secondary phase. Kate also teaches the National Award for SEN Coordination and is an associate lecturer on SEND for Warwick, Northampton and Derby Universities. Kate has delivered keynote speeches and seminars at many conferences and events such as The Education Show, nasen Live and TES SEN.

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Pat Bullen
Education Consultant, PMB Education

EHCP Annual Review: ensuring stakeholders have the opportunity for a meaningful review

Pat highlights effective practices in local areas to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity for a meaningful review. She considers the preparation of the young person and their family for the review, planning implications for reviews within school/college timetables and how technology can be used to good effect to support reviews.

about pat

Pat Bullen has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, Head Teacher and Senior Education Leader. She has served as a governor, as a member of staff, as a community and LA governor, and as a parent governor, in six different local authority areas during this time. She qualified in 1984 to teach children with Severe Learning Difficulties. 

Pat now works as an Independent Educational Consultant, leading the East Midlands SEND Regional reforms until March 2020. Additionally, she is a member of the National Development Team for Inclusion, teaching on the national SEND leadership course. In April 2016, Pat became a member of the NDTi hosted ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ team. She is also a school improvement adviser for SEND in Leicester City.

 

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Mark Blois
Partner and Head of the Education team, Browne Jacobson

Legal requirements of EHCPs and the spirit of the law

Mark provides an overview of the key legislative provisions underpinning EHCP processes, including requirements for the contents of the EHCP and legal tests for carrying out an EHC needs assessment and issuing an EHCP. This session also looks at the principles underlying this area of work, enshrined in the SEND Code of Practice, and the corresponding legal duties placed on EHCP contributor organisations.

about mark

Mark Blois is a Partner and Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson, a leading national education law firm. 

With over twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer, Mark has been recommended as a leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than fifteen years. ‘Chambers UK’ has dubbed him “an industry leader” and includes him as one of only three lawyers ranked in Band One nationally for recommended education lawyers.

For the last nine years Mark has been the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a large multi-academy trust in the Midlands. He is a Trustee of nasen and a Non-Executive Legal Advisor to the National SEND Forum.

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Pat Bullen
Education Consultant, PMB Education

Using Personal Budgets effectively

Pat discusses how to use Personal Budgets (PBs) effectively. She explains the law regarding PBs, how to request one, what PBs can be used for, what an effective PB might look like and how parents and carers have used them. She also looks at PBs for post 19 students and how these might differ from those of younger students.

about pat

Pat Bullen has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, Head Teacher and Senior Education Leader. She has served as a governor, as a member of staff, as a community and LA governor, and as a parent governor, in six different local authority areas during this time. She qualified in 1984 to teach children with Severe Learning Difficulties. 

Pat now works as an Independent Educational Consultant, leading the East Midlands SEND Regional reforms until March 2020. Additionally, she is a member of the National Development Team for Inclusion, teaching on the national SEND leadership course. In April 2016, Pat became a member of the NDTi hosted ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ team. She is also a school improvement adviser for SEND in Leicester City. 

Caroline Coady
Assistant Director for Social Care, Council for Disabled Children

Decisions, capacity and EHCPs

This session enables practitioners to learn practical person-centred approaches for involving disabled young people and those with SEN in decision-making. Caroline explores the experience of young people and families. She demonstrates practical aspects of rights-based decision-making and reviews related key legislation, such as the 5 key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

About Caroline

Caroline Coady is Assistant Director for Social Care at the Council for Disabled Children. She is a key player in ensuring the success of its social care training programmes which look at the interactions between SEND, social care and mental capacity legislation, including support for young people as they prepare for adulthood.

Caroline was previously Director of a community interest company she set up to support young people with autism to engage in outdoor adventure activities. She was also the Care Quality Commission registered manager of a short break outreach service in a local authority and has an NVQ 5 in leadership and management in health and social care services for children and young people. Caroline is passionate about using her wealth of experience to change and improve outcomes for disabled children and young people.

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Caroline Coady
Assistant Director for Social Care, Council for Disabled Children

Good quality social care advice and information

Caroline covers the fundamentals of the role of social care in EHCPs, with a focus on good quality social care advice and information. She explains the social care roles and responsibilities in relation to EHCPs and explores approaches to advice and information linked to outcomes and aspirations. She also aligns the social care input to EHCPs with that of other activities and services.

About Caroline

Caroline Coady is Assistant Director for Social Care at the Council for Disabled Children. She is a key player in ensuring the success of its social care training programmes which look at the interactions between SEND, social care and mental capacity legislation, including support for young people as they prepare for adulthood.

Caroline was previously Director of a community interest company she set up to support young people with autism to engage in outdoor adventure activities. She was also the Care Quality Commission registered manager of a short break outreach service in a local authority and has an NVQ 5 in leadership and management in health and social care services for children and young people. Caroline is passionate about using her wealth of experience to change and improve outcomes for disabled children and young people.

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Anna Chiva
Associate Director for SEND, Achieving for Children (Richmond and Kingston Council)

Can a Local Authority solve the SEN puzzle?

Anna outlines how her organisation has improved the processes related to EHCPs and associated relationships, using evaluative frameworks and challenging practice. She highlights how IT can support innovative practice at low cost and explains the importance of working in collaboration with all partners to take forward solutions within governance structures, both critical to accountability and ownership.

About anna

Anna Chiva is currently working with Achieving for Children, a social enterprise organisation which delivers children’s services to the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. She’s passionate about creating opportunities for young people and enabling conversations about fostering independence.

Having worked for a number of local authorities, Anna has always driven to improve outcomes for children and families with SEN.  Anna has jointly led on implementing outcome frameworks across organisations such as Mott McDonald and Council for Disabled Children and their partners. She is also part of several steering groups, including the London Strategic Managers Network which is linked with the Association of Directors of Childrens Services. Anna has a Masters in Public Services Management and began her professional journey working in both mainstream and special schools.

Philippa Watts
Senior Programmes Officer (Health), Council for Disabled Children

Providing good quality health advice for EHCPs

Philippa’s aim is to increase understanding of the purpose and value of health advice in EHCPs, how it fits in the wider process and how it contributes to the achievement of holistic outcomes centred on children and young people. Her session explores what good advice looks like and how an enabling process can be supported.

About philippa

Philippa Watts is Senior Programmes Officer (Health) at the Council for Disabled Children (CDC). Her work focuses on supporting a wide range of professionals to improve understanding and practice around working together to achieve positive outcomes for the disabled children and young people they support. She does this through developing and delivering workshops and resources which draw together policy and best practice.

Philippa joined CDC in 2017 as Participation Development Officer, focusing on the strategic participation of disabled children and young people. Prior to this, she worked on and led several children’s voice programmes, including at an international level, as well as supporting individual disabled children in both mainstream and special schools.

What did previous attendees say?

The speakers were excellent and very knowledgeable. The conference was really good and much cheaper than lots of training around, essential at this time when funds are low and access to high-quality CPD can be limited.

Louise Aldridge, Deputy Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager / Bushy Hill Junior School

The information presented was really useful and the staff and I can implement a lot of key ideas quickly and easily. Sharing the videos across the school has also saved me a lot of CPD preparation. Thank you.

Jo Vizor, Head of Learning Support / The Elms School

Excellent content delivered in a very convenient way and at a very reasonable price. More information than I could handle in one dose – but thankfully I will be able to re-visit in my own time.

Janet Bristow, SENCO / Perrymount Primary School

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