The theme of the 7th Virtual SEND Conference is…
The Importance of Wellbeing for All
Mental Health and Wellbeing has never been more important. 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
The conference was broadcast live online on 20 May, but you can still purchase access to the recordings to share with all staff at your school.
There’s 12 expert talks on Mental Health and Wellbeing, split into 3 streams:
- Wellbeing & SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)
- Quality First Teaching
- Specific Learning Differences (SPLD)
Click here to download the programme and read more about each session
Purchasing a £60 ticket includes
- Access to the conference on the day, including live Q&A sessions and chat with other attendees.
- Unlimited access to videos of all the sessions forever through this website!!
- Download slide packs and other handouts through this website.
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Implementation of the DfE’s Education Staff Wellbeing Charter
Lorraine Petersen OBE – Education Consultant, LPEC
The purpose of the Charter and why schools should sign up to it is outlined. Lorraine highlights the importance of all schools committing to their own wellbeing strategies to ensure that all staff feel protected. She explains how the wellbeing and mental health of everyone is a key part of school life.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Lorraine’s keynote session
Lorraine’s session will help you:
- Understand the DfE’s Education Wellbeing Charter and how to embed the charter in your school.
- Offer strategies to support staff mental health and wellbeing.
- Support the development of a wellbeing culture within your school.
Setting the climate – getting the ethos and environment right for SEND
Jane Friswell – SEND Consultant and Parent Advocate, Jane Friswell SEND Consultancy
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.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Jane’s keynote session
Jane’s session will help you:
- Understand key principles of the morality, ethics and attitudes of inclusion.
- Consider the environment and sense of belonging that individuals gain.
- Get insight and use this to improve conditions for inclusion.
- Explore partnerships and how they underpin inclusion across your school.
Me, my Dyslexia and success
Arran Smith – Managing Director, SEND Group
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.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Arran’s keynote session
Arran’s session will help you:
- Understand dyslexia from a dyslexic point of view and gain empathy for how dyslexic learners feel.
- Improve your awareness of dyslexia.
- Learn key strategies to help individuals with dyslexia.
- Better appreciate dyslexic learners’ difficulties and their strengths.
STREAM 1 – Wellbeing & SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)
How to connect and communicate with your emotions
Ali Knowles – Therapist, Author and Creator of Ollie and his Super Powers, Subconquest
All behaviour serves a purpose and it’s not always about attention seeking. If you just try and change a child’s disruptive behaviour in a class without understanding what’s driving the emotion and its intention, you won’t get far. Alison explains how to help children make emotions manageable, empower them to overcome issues, and change classroom behaviour.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Ali’s session
Ali’s session will help you:
- Explore how you can engage children in the conversation about what emotions are.
- Explain how emotions can be hiding behind a behaviour.
- Use simple techniques to make emotions manageable.
- Empower children to overcome issues themselves.
Understanding SEMH and wellbeing of children and young people – a psychologist’s approach
Dr Rob Long – Educational Psychologist, Sebda (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association)
Humanistic psychology emphasises the whole individual and strives to help people fulfil their potential and maximise their wellbeing. Rob explains why Behaviour Policies are unfair, unjust and unworkable and highlights the need for core mantras/principles that change the way behaviour is understood. He outlines practical ideas from positive psychology to support wellbeing and mental health.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Rob’s session
Rob’s session will help you:
- Recognise the difference between equity and equality – and why treating children differently (not the same) to meet their individual needs is crucial.
- Change the way you ‘see’ children’s behaviour – by following key mantras to help you reach the right way of responding and supporting children.
- Use a 5 a day positive psychology checklist – to make sure you’re giving the children you support good emotions, good relationships and meaningful experiences every day.
School stand off? The link between exclusion and avoidance
Suzy Rowland – Author and Founder of #happyinschoolproject
UK Government data shows children with additional needs are disproportionately represented in exclusion and school avoidance figures. Suzy examines this connection and discusses evidence based strategies about what schools can do to help neurodiverse youngsters. Focusing on practical applications, as well as policy and inclusive practice, she provides low cost ideas to implement straight away.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Suzy’s session
Suzy’s session will help you:
- Gain a deeper understanding of child and adolescent neurodivergent school and classroom behaviours.
- Gather tips to build trust and rapport with this group of learners.
- Develop strategies for building collaborative relationships with parents.
- Get ideas on how to review your policy and practice.
- Identify how to measure your success.
Here are a few reasons why the Virtual SEND Conference is a must-attend event!
12 x 45 minutes of expert advice
12 professional speakers with a variety of knowledge and experience covering all SEND topics.
Get the answers to your pressing questions during the Q&A session at the end of each presentation.
Network with the speakers
This is a great opportunity to exchange contact details with the expert speakers and expand your network.
Advice for your classroom
Takeaway key tips, techniques and advice from each session to use straight away in your setting.
Something for everyone
Teachers, SENCOs, Strategic Lead & LA Leads for SEND & Inclusion, Inclusion managers, HTs, SLT, Governors.
Build a library of training
Access the talks forever! Listen anytime, anywhere and share with your whole school.
STREAM 2 – Quality First Teaching
Sensory strategies in the classroom
Joanna Grace – Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, The Sensory Projects
We’re all aware of a rise in sensory needs amongst our students. There’s also an increase in resources claiming to target these needs. What can we practically do to support those with sensory differences in our classrooms? Joanna explains sensory processing differences and disorders, explores their impact on wellbeing and shares her experience of useful resources.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Joanna’s session
Joanna’s session will help you:
- Understand sensory processing differences and disorders and appreciate their impact on wellbeing.
- Get the most out of sensory resources, even using everyday classroom items to effectively meet sensory needs.
- Create an environment in your classroom that supports individuals’ sensory differences, enables learning and engagement for everyone – and is good for everybody’s mental health.
SENCO workload – a focus on thriving in the role
Dr Geraldene Codina – Associate Professor – Research, University of Derby
Research by Dr Helen Curran highlights the challenges SENCOs face regarding time to complete the role, and others understanding of it. Geraldene addresses these challenges and explores ways to manage SENCO workload. This includes separating out SENCO, Curriculum Leader and Teacher workloads as well as focusing on SENCO wellbeing, resilience and time management.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Geraldene’s session
Geraldene’s session will help you:
- Understand the nature of the SENCO workload and address the ways to manage it.
- Identify where the SENCO role starts and finishes.
- Gain a clearer understanding of the ways to thrive and succeed in the SENCO role.
- Collaborate effectively with the SENCO in your school.
Avoiding anxiety at post 16 – the benefits and impact of thinking and planning early to prepare for adulthood
Julie Pointer – Children and Young People Programme Lead, NDTi (National Development Team for Inclusion)
Understanding the Preparing for Adulthood pathways and planning early can raise aspirations for young people with SEND and help show what could be next. Julie explores PfA from the earliest years, highlighting evidence from the Time to Talk Next Steps programme that provides online support for young people to help plan in a way that enhances resilience and mental wellbeing.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Julie’s session
Julie’s session will help you:
- Understand the importance of preparing early for young people with SEND.
- Share in the learning from the PfA programme – what works and areas of effective practice.
- Hear the voices of young people with SEND and understand some of the challenges they face around anxiety and lacking confidence – and what we can do to mitigate this.
- Think about the role you have to play in preparing young people for a positive adult life.
STREAM 3 – Specific Learning Differences (SPLD)
Why schools need to focus on speaking and understanding skills to effectively support SEMH
Amy Loxley – Interim Lead Speech and Language Advisor, I CAN
Amy outlines current research on the relationship between SEMH and SLCN and discusses the impact on children’s behaviour of potentially hidden difficulties with speaking and understanding. She highlights how to identify these difficulties and explores a range of helpful tools. She also gives an overview of support options, including both whole school and differentiated approaches.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Amy’s session
Amy’s session will help you:
- Understand the relationship between SLCN and SEMH.
- Consider the impact of language difficulties on behaviour.
- Know about tools to track progress and identify difficulties.
- Know some whole school strategies and approaches to support speaking and understanding skills.
- Consider some differentiated approaches for pupils who need more targeted support.
Can’t learn, won’t learn, don’t give a monkey’s – and you don’t understand me at all!
Fintan O’Regan – Behaviour and Learning Trainer and Consultant, Sf30 Ltd
Fintan outlines the different rhythms of those that can’t learn but want to (Attention Deficit Disorder), those that push you away (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and those with a different agenda (Conduct Disorder). He explains how Structure, Flexibility, Rapport, Relationships and Resilience can help those that can’t to can, those that won’t to want to, and those that don’t to do.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Fintan’s session
Fintan’s session will help you:
- Demystify ADHD, ODD and CD.
- Appreciate and apply structures, systems and strategies for support.
- Develop flexibility through problem solving, mood and motivation management.
- Establish rapport through effective communication techniques and dealing with anger and aggression.
- Understand the power of Relationships and developing Resilience.
The effective use of technology to support Dyslexia
Arran Smith – Managing Director, SEND Group
This session gives teachers a fundamental understanding of paid for and free technology that can support dyslexic learners both in the classroom and at home. Arran explains the benefits of assistive technology, looking at software, hardware and other technologies. He aims to help schools make informed choices, then quickly and easily implement technology to help learners with dyslexia.
<< Watch this video to find out why you should attend Arran’s session
Arran’s session will help you:
- Understand assistive tech and how it can help dyslexic learners.
- Have an informed choice of what is available – including software, hardware, paid for and free technology.
- Start the conversation in your school regarding technology implementation within education.
- Implement technology the following day.
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