Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference 2017 – Creating stability in changing times
Friday 10 March 2017 (with optional panel and dinner on the evening on Thursday 9 March) – The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Designed for all education staff working in special schools, specialist and alternative provision, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Creating Stability in Changing Times’. This year’s conference has been reformatted to include a one day conference with an optional panel debate and dinner the night before.
This conference is ideal for school leaders, school business managers, children’s centre leaders and SENCos from all schools – whether you are an academy, special, mainstream, residential, PRU or alternative provision in early years, primary or secondary.
Thursday 9 March from 5:30pm
Delegates can hear from SEN experts and put forward their questions during the panel debate. This is followed by a networking dinner allowing you to meet with colleagues from around the country. The after dinner speaker will be Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary.
Friday 10 March, 9:00-16:00
The conference opens with Will Ord’s keynote speech. Will helps schools to develop growth mind sets, thinking and communication skills, and mindfulness in both primary and secondary schools. During the day, you’ll have the chance to attend three of our eight specially commissioned workshops. These workshops are designed to inspire, stimulate and empower those working with pupils with SEND and to share current educational thinking and good practice. You can click on the workshop name below for more information about the session.
- Ofsted update
- Assessment for SEND students from the outcomes of the Rochford review
- Securing stability through the introduction of the National Funding Formula for schools and high needs
- Engaging your students in Parliament and democracy
- The SENCO as a Manager and Leader – how to lead SEND provision effectively in your schools
- Restriction and Deprivation of liberty: Ofsted’s interpretation and the law
- Engaging learners with complex needs; From Neurons to Neighbourhoods
- Coming to the Tribunal: Naming a school in an EHC Plan
Please note seminars/workshops are subject to availability
The day will be closed by keynote speaker Dr Rona Tutt OBE. Rona will be looking at “Present prospects: forecasting the future” – as a former head teacher, NAHT Past National Officer, and leading speaker and author on SEN, she will provide a rounded view on what we can learn and how we can continue to work in collaboration in the future.