Keynote Speakers Announced for the 5th Virtual SEND Conference

We’re excited to introduce our keynote speakers for the next Virtual SEND Conference taking place on Friday 21 May

Join us for our 5th online conference helping schools to improve outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. One ticket costing just £60 gives access for your whole school. You can attend online on the day or watch the recordings afterwards when it suits you.

Register your interest below and we’ll send you an exclusive link to get 30% OFF with our Early Bird discount if you book by 31 March.

What’s covered in our keynote sessions?

Quality First Teaching:
the role of all teaching staff


The SEND Code of Practice is very clear that every teacher is responsible and accountable for the progress of all pupils. High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN. Lorraine explores what this means in terms of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND.


Lorraine Petersen OBE

Education Consultant and former CEO of nasen, with 25 years of experience as a Teacher and Headteacher. Lorraine now runs her own independent consultancy.

School exclusion and SEND:
identifying the risks for our children and young people and the steps required to mitigate and prevent


Students identified with a special educational need and/or disability are immediately 6 times more likely to be excluded from school. Jane outlines how to accurately identify the student risks to school exclusion; and what schools and settings must and should do to avoid it.


Jane Friswell

SEND Consultant, Parent Advocate and former SEN Headteacher. Jane has significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as CEO of nasen.

Building capacity:
supporting the work of teaching and learning assistants in the classroom


Teaching Assistants play a vital role in support of pupils and teachers, but schools don’t always use and develop support staff as effectively as they could. Margaret considers how to inform professional development for TAs and ‘grow’ their knowledge and skills – so they can make the maximum difference to the development of young people.


Margaret Mulholland

SEND and Inclusion Specialist, EEF Project Director for Whole School SEND, nasen. Margaret is also an incluson policy advisor.

Get 30% OFF your school’s ticket

Register your interest TODAY and we’ll send you an exclusive discount link to get 30% off with our Early Bird discount if you book by 31 March.


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, which is 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


1 ticket for your whole school is just £60!

Access 12 SEND expert presentations: 3 keynotes + 9 more sessions to be confirmed


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