Read all about our Speakers for the next Virtual SEND Conference helping schools improve outcomes for children with SEND

All 12 SEND expert speakers are now confirmed for the next Virtual SEND Conference on Friday 26 November. Read all about what will be covered in each session and find out more about the speakers themselves…

This online conference is focused on helping schools improve outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The 3 morning keynotes are relevant for all teaching staff. The 9 afternoon sessions are split into 3 streams focused on Special Schools, Quality First Teaching for all schools (relevant for Mainstream and Special schools), and Specific Learning Difficulties. So there really is something for every setting!

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.

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Who’s Speaking?

keynote speakers

Lorraine Petersen OBE
Educational Consultant, LPEC

Making sense of the SEND Review and the SEND Code of Practice

The SEND Review was launched in September 2019. Its aim was to review the SEND reforms introduced in 2014. This review was delayed by the global pandemic and is now expected in the autumn term 2021. Lorraine outlines the content of the review and the implications for schools, young people and their families.

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. She has also been 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

The SEND Review: building capacity

Building capacity within the SEND system relies on the support and development provided. Ensuring those involved have the knowledge, skills and resources to support children with SEND is a key aspect of the SEND Review. Jane discusses what we need to do to ensure schools can better meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

about jane

Jane Friswell is a former SEN Head Teacher, with significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as Chief Executive at nasen. Jane is now Director of Jane Friswell 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

Distributed leadership for SEND: seeking a strategic approach

Leadership and management can be highly effective when distributed across different levels in a school. But what does a distributed approach to the leadership of SEND across a school look like? Kate explains how it can enable improved access, participation and achievement for children with SEND across all aspects of school life.

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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Stream 1 – special schools
Liz Stratton

Liz Stratton
Education Consultant and Trainer, Liz Stratton Consulting

Intervening early: principles into practice

Liz explores the factors that make us more effective in supporting children with SEND, intervening early enough to make a difference. She highlights the principles of working across organisational boundaries and how this can add capacity. She also outlines how to build an action plan bespoke to your own situation and role.

About Liz

Liz Stratton is an independent education consultant and trainer working with teaching alliances, teaching schools, local authorities, virtual schools, early years practitioners, teachers, support staff, social workers, health professionals, SENCos, school leaders, lead agencies and children’s centre staff.  Her services focus on supporting self-evaluation of current practice, change management and organisational development, including incorporation of multi-agency working approaches.

Liz has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, SENCo, subject leader and headteacher of a special school for children with physical and neurological impairment. She has worked in a variety of settings from EYFS to year 6, before becoming a county adviser for early years and inclusion. This role involved working with leaders and practitioners from education, health and social care. Her experience as a shared carer has also provided insights into the parent perspective of integrating provision from social care, education and health. Find out more about Liz Stratton on LinkedIn

Sherann Hillman MBE
Head of Family Services, Seashell Trust

Listening and responding to pupil voice: effective coproduction

The needs of the individual child and young person should sit at the heart of assessment and planning process. Sherann discusses how to include children and young people’s voices in effective coproduction.

About Sherann

Sherann Hillman is Head of Family Services at Seashell Trust. Seashell helps children and young people with very complex needs, and their families, live their best lives. It’s a charity dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for those with complex needs and additional communication challenges. Using her in-depth knowledge of SEND, Sherann supports families and represents Seashell nationally. She also advocates for the participation of children, young people and parent carers in the co-commissioning, co-design, co-delivery and co-assessment of services locally and nationally.

Sherann is herself a parent carer of 3 young people who is passionate about ensuring that children, young people and their families are at the heart of all services and legislation. Sherann was significantly involved in the amendment to the Children and Families Act 2014 to allow parents and carers the right to an assessment for support. She also sat on a number of key local and national work streams including the SEND Implementation Board and Advisory Board (DfE) and was a member of the Rochford Review

Richard Daniel Curtis
Project Lead, National Network of Mental Health Leads

Whole school strategy to support SEMH and reduce the impact of pandemic-related mental health problems in schools and colleges

Creating and sustaining a mental health friendly culture and ethos can be hard. Richard shares practical advice to help headteachers develop a whole school strategy to support SEMH and reduce the impact of the pandemic on wellbeing in their setting.

about Richard

Richard Daniel Curtis is the project lead for the National Network of Mental Health Leads, a CPD and representation body for mental health leads in schools and colleges. He is also an internationally renowned social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) expert and mentor, passionate about helping others understand emotions and psychology. A former teacher, Richard is known for his impact with turning round some of the most extreme behaviours and is recognised as a leading expert in social and emotional development.

Author of the Social and Emotional Skills Assessment, a tool to assess the social and emotional development of children, Richard’s work has had an impact in 5 continents.  He has written 11 books and was one of three experts brought in to write the mental health curriculum guidance in England. Richard chairs both the Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards and also the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Awards in the UK.

 

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Stream 2 – quality first teaching for all schools

Garry Freeman
independent SEND Consultant

A nurturing environment: in and beyond the classroom

Garry looks at the key principles and practice of a nurturing approach to a learning environment. Underpinning this is the concept and practice of a ‘nurture group’. These are well established in infant and primary settings, less so in secondary and tertiary ones. He discusses how we can have an appropriately nurturing environment in settings for older students, particularly in respect of the demands of different areas of the curriculum.

about Garry

Garry is an independent SEND Consultant, with 43 years of previous teaching and leadership experience in secondary and special schools throughout West Yorkshire and Lancashire.  

Garry is, and has been, instrumental in shaping SEND provision across England as a Whole-School SEND Reviewer, a National SEND System Leader and project lead for local authority improvement support. He has been an Associate Consultant for Nasen and Chair of their 0-11 Advisory Group. He is a highly skilled, driven and committed SEND leader, supporting schools, trusts and local authorities in a wide range of educational improvement priorities, focusing on caring, positive leadership and the management of change. He writes extensively for a range of educational publications. As a skilled and intuitive leader of SEND and inclusion, Ofsted described his practice as “beyond outstanding……..inspirational!” 

Kate Browning
School Improvement for SEND Specialist Consultant

Helping teachers use the Graduated Approach to identify needs and remove barriers to learning

The Graduated Approach aims to ensure children and young people with SEND are fully able to access the curriculum, participate in lessons and achieve well. Kate helps teachers understand how to use this approach to identify needs, remove barriers to learning and then put effective special educational provision in place.

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.

Philippa Vince
Director, Toucan Education Ltd

Whole school dyslexia strategy

Philippa explains the importance of a whole school dyslexia strategy, outlining key principles of dyslexia and the impact it can have on daily life. She gives tips on how to break down barriers to learning for dyslexic students and provides strategies to support dyslexic learners in a busy classroom.

About Philippa

Philippa Vince is a SEND Consultant, Dyslexia Assessor and Managing Director at Toucan Education, which she set up 6 years ago. Her company provides dyslexia diagnosis, specialist dyslexia support, behaviour and educational consultancy for parents, individuals, companies, state and private education throughout the UK. Philippa says, “I’ve always been interested in children who find it hard to read and write. There’s always an underlying issue and once you find the route of the problem and build up a rapport with the child, their confidence grows and the barriers to learning begin to break down.”

Philippa has been teaching for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the special educational needs sector. She worked as a teacher in mainstream settings for 8 years. This was followed by 10 years as a deputy head teacher in a specialist SEMH school.  She is AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) registered and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) qualified. She is also able to assess for Dyslexia and for access arrangements for GCSE and GCE.

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Stream 3 – Specific learning difficulties

Wendy Lee
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, LINGO

Strategies for supporting children with poor speech and language skills

Wendy explains the types of needs children may have with their speech and language and how to identify these needs. She outlines strategies to support the inclusion of children with speech and language needs in the classroom. She also explores practical approaches to support development of key skills and shares examples of implementation.

About Wendy

Wendy Lee is the Director of LINGO, providing consultancy, professional development and resources to help improve children’s speech and language skills. LINGO also has a growing team of speech and language therapists, providing direct support to schools and families of children with SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Needs). Wendy believes strongly in evidence-based practice. She is part of the Oracy Cambridge management group and sits on a number of research advisory groups, as well as being involved in a current research project. Wendy works with academy trusts, schools and settings and in partnership with local and national organisations supporting speech, language and communication.

Wendy has been a speech and language therapist for over 30 years, working in clinical practice, higher education and the third sector. She was Professional Director at The Communication Trust until 2015, where she authored Trust resources and led on strategic projects, as well as inputting on national policy and research.

Jackie Muggleton
SEN Advisor, South Gloucestershire Council

Preparing students for Higher Education by developing their study skills

Many of our most able pupils manage well with our support through their A levels but they can find it difficult to manage the increased demands of Higher Education. Jackie looks at the issues faced by students with additional learning needs and approaches to support them.

About Jackie

Jackie Muggleton is a SEN Advisor for South Gloucestershire Council. Her current role includes offering specialist SEND advice and support for schools across South Gloucestershire in all phases of education. She has previously worked as a Strategic Lead for SEND and now undertakes specific strategic SEND projects for the local authority. This includes both strategic support in developing systems, provision, and leadership for SEND and support and advice on meeting the needs of children. Jackie also works as a Study Skills tutor within a University with undergraduate and post graduate students who have specific learning difficulties.

Jackie’s experience in Education spans over 30 years across three local authorities. She worked in secondary schools and in two specialist provisions for pupils with moderate learning difficulties attached to mainstream schools. For 11 years she was a SENCO and this role developed into Head of Inclusion, line managing a SENCO and setting up provision for pupils at risk of exclusion. 

Jo Dilworth and Zara Wright

Jo Dilworth & Zara Wright
CEO, Appeer Community Interest Company & Strategic Lead for SEND, Weydon Multi Academy Trust

Positive experiences and approaches with autistic girls in school and community group settings

Jo and Zara highlight real life experiences of autistic girls and teens and explain why a positive approach is so important. Jo gives an overview of Appeer’s positive peer-based approach to support autistic girls in the community to connect, share interests and understand and support themselves. Zara shares examples of positive effective practice she uses in schools. 

About Jo and Zara 

Jo Dilworth is founder and CEO of Appeer Community Interest Company. It’s a not for profit organisation set up to benefit autistic and neurodiverse girls and women and those around them. A parent to autistic children and a neurodivergent woman herself, having been diagnosed at 40. Jo is incredibly passionate about connecting the girls/women and parents/carers which Appeer supports through their shared social interests, using a positive strengths-based approach. These interests include animation and gaming, animals, baking, science, books and films. Jo has a strong background in education, having worked in mainstream and specialist provisions. She founded and managed the SEND and Inclusion offering at The London Grid for Learning for a number of years. She has Postgraduate Certificates in Education and Autism and a Graduate Certificate in Psychology.  

Zara Wright is the Strategic Lead for SEND at Weydon Multi Academy Trust. A qualified Teacher and SENDCo, Zara has worked in specialist and mainstream schools for 15 years. She has a Masters Degree in Inclusive Education and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Psychology. Zara is also proud to be an LGBT+ ally. 

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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