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Special education – where do we go from here?

London / Friday 19 May 2017

We are delighted to announce the line-up for our SEN event of the year which will help to address some of the key issues at the forefront of the thinking of everyone who is involved in special education in 2017.

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Presenting on the day:

Diane Rochford, Executive Headteacher, John F Kennedy Special School (East London) and Chair, Rochford Review (into the assessment of pupils working below the standard of national tests)
Diane will provide one of two keynote sessions in which she will talk not only about the findings of the review, the thinking behind it and its implications but also about what has been happening in schools around the country following its publication.

Lesley Cox, Director of Lesley Cox Consultancy (until recently national lead for SEND, Ofsted)
Lesley will be providing the second keynote session will be making a welcome return to this event after her appearance last year was widely praised by delegates for her understanding of what being a special school means and her reassurance in the light of recent experience from inspections. This year, Lesley will identify the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers that are most important in raising standards and improving outcomes for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Lesley will consider the key points to cover when writing school self-evaluations and action plans. For example, the effective use and monitoring of different types of assessment information and how pupils’ safety, personal development and wellbeing is promoted. The session will strengthen your school’s contribution to the local offer and understand the implications of the new local area SEND inspections.

Fountaindale School, Mansfield
Fountaindale is for pupils aged from 3 to 19 with complex physical and sensory needs. They will be presenting on their three strand curriculum which has moved away from the constraints of the national curriculum and key stages. This includes a play-based curriculum for pre-formal learners and a semi-formal curriculum which delivers non-subject-specific learning. Their continuum of learning has been mapped to Rochford statements and their assessment system is based on thinking, play and early learning skills.

The New Bridge Group, Oldham
The New Bridge Group is an innovative cluster of special schools and other organisations that are working together to provide high quality, individual pathways for young people between the ages of 4 and 25. They have set up social care provision and post-19 supported internship courses to ensure that their young people have the best possible opportunities to access employment, volunteering and leisure opportunities within the local community. From sourcing a town centre base, writing a new “curriculum offer” and working with local employers to developing new externally-accredited courses, their session will offer an insight into how they have ensured that their students have a successful and meaningful transition into adulthood.
Read a featured blog article from Graham Quinn, Executive Principal of New Bridge Group – When it’s not working right, we face it and fix it

Tweendykes School, Hull
Tweendykes is a co-located special school in Hull for pupils aged 3 to 19 with severe learning difficulties that has developed a multi-layered curriculum and assessment model which has been further enhanced in light of the recommendations of the Rochford Review. They have developed a deeply personalised approach to their provision based on continuous communication and discussion with pupils, parents and professionals. This builds firmly from the IEPs and EHCPs put in place to meet the needs of the child. It allows them to identify which specialist assessment to use to consolidate and reinforce achievement which, in turn enables them to develop a curriculum offer that individualises the pupil and accommodates their needs.

There will be plenty of opportunity to question all of our presenters during their individual presentations and as a panel at the end of the day.

Demand for places at this event is bound to be high so book now to avoid disappointment.

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Date and time:

Friday 19 May 2017 9:15am - 3:25pm


SSAT members: £285 Non-members: £427.50
All prices exclusive of VAT


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London, WC2B 5BX United Kingdom