Keynote Speakers Announced for the 7th Virtual SEND Conference

We’re excited to introduce our keynote speakers for the next Virtual SEND Conference taking place on Friday 20 May 2022.

The Importance of Wellbeing for All

Mental Health and Wellbeing is the focus for our 7th online conference helping schools to improve outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. One £60 ticket gives your whole school access to 12 expert talks. Attend on the day or watch the recordings afterwards.

Get 30% OFF if you book by 31 March!
Register your interest below and we’ll send you an exclusive Early Bird discount code

What’s covered in our keynote sessions?

Lorraine Petersen

Lorraine Petersen OBE
Educational Consultant, LPEC

Implementation of the DfE’s
Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

The purpose of the Charter and why schools should sign up to it is explained. Lorraine highlights the importance of all schools committing to their own wellbeing strategies to ensure that all staff feel protected. She considers how the wellbeing and mental health of everyone is a key part of school life.


About Lorraine

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

Jane Friswell

Jane Friswell
SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate

Setting the climate – getting the ethos and environment right for SEND

Providing a message of belonging to all members of a school community is key to inclusion. How does feeling like you don’t belong impact a learner with additional needs, their ability to engage, participate and thrive? Jane explores these themes, what it takes to be inclusive and what it feels like for learners.


About Jane

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

Arran Smith

Arran Smith
Managing Director, SEND Group

Me, my Dyslexia and success


Arran’s inspirational talk outlines the journey of a severely dyslexic adult who was told that he would never amount to anything due to his dyslexia. His journey covers going through education into work, to becoming a dyslexic entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in the field of dyslexia and SEND.


About Arran

A dyslexic entrepreneur, diagnosed with severe dyslexia aged 9.  Arran is the Managing Director of the SEND Group, owner of Trugs and Founder of the Dyslexia Show.

Why attend?

Here are a few reasons why the Virtual SEND Conference is a must-attend event!


What did previous attendees say?


I would strongly recommend this resource to anyone working in SEN. The value for money is amazing. So good being able to revisit sessions afterwards – makes it an excellent ongoing resource for us.

Julian Lewis, Assistant Headteacher / Ysgol Pen Coch 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

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.


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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