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SSAT Special Schools Summit 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019 London

Rethinking special schools – time to take hold of the agenda

This annual event will give leaders of special schools the opportunity to reflect on where your school is now and where you need to move towards to provide for the ever-changing needs of your school population.

You will hear the latest thinking around leadership, curriculum development, assessment, the role of technology and the power of networking during the highly-practical day, which will also allow you to discuss, debate and share ideas to help identify ways of driving forward change in your school.

The day’s programme includes sessions from:

Richard Everitt, Programme Manager: Dental & Optical Services Commissioning, NHS England

Richard will explain the latest programme of work that is intended to transform eye care services for children with severe learning disabilities within a special schools environment. The programme aims to provide a commissioning framework for sight tests to be delivered within special schools environment, with the appropriate safeguards and standards.

Tom Middlehurst, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, SSAT

Tom will speak about SSAT’s four pillars of curriculum design and ask why you need to think differently and in what ways the new Ofsted framework will support you in thinking differently. His session will cover:

  • Intent: How you articulate and evidence what you are trying to achieve
  • Content: Ensuring a broard and balanced curriculum, and making decisions about what to include
  • Delivery: The link between pedagogy and curriculum
  • Experience: How do you assess the lived daily experience of young people in the classroom.

There will also be a series of practical school-led workshops exploring technology and school attendance; a session on employability and raising learner aspirations; a plenary on leadership, culture, values and change led by Chris McFall, National Education Development Manager, Apple; and opportunities to network with other special school leaders.
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Richard Everitt, Programme Manager: Dental & Optical Services Commissioning, NHS England

NHS England is working closely with SeeAbility and experts from across the optical, learning disability and SEND professions to provide sight tests for all children with a learning disability or autism who attend a special school in their school environment. This group of children experience a high prevalence of serious sight problems, and are 28 x more likely to have serious sight issues in comparison with the general population. Yet despite their greater need, up to 50% of these children are not receiving eye care because of the significant access barriers they must overcome, and of those who do, the majority are attending hospital eye departments in the absence of suitable community based alternatives.

Around a third of children will need glasses, often with a high prescription, and provision and ongoing support with glasses is part of the model to support children to maximise their visual potential. Understanding every child’s visual abilities, needs and limitations is vital to supporting them to access the curriculum, and to this end, this information will be shared with teaching staff for every child.

This session will provide information on how the service will be delivered, along with an update on the work that has been completed to date. It will emphasise the vital role schools have to play in ensuring that as many children as possible benefit from the service, and go on to realise their full potential – in and out of the classroom.

Reaching all learners with Apple

You will learn how Apple technology can empower all learners, and lower barriers to learning for those with visual, auditory, motor and other challenges.

Learning goals for this session include:

  • Explore the built-in accessibility features of iPad and Mac
  • Discover how iPad and Mac can scaffold and personalise learning
  • Discover how Apple’s classroom tools can be used to guide and support learning

Engaging students and parents through feedback and assessment

You will learn how classroom tools for iPad can support feedback and assessment in the classroom as well as building a sense of community between schools and families.

Learning goals for this session include:

  • Discover how classroom tools for iPad can be used to guide and support learning for students of all abilities
  • Discover how classroom tools for iPad can engage parents and other stakeholder groups in the learning process
  • Consider opportunities to reduce teacher workload

Ofsted and the curriculum – more good news?

In this free download, SSAT senior education lead Colin Logan reveals findings from phase 3 of Ofsted’s review and the implications for school leaders.

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Tuesday 14th May 2019


9:00am - 4:15pm


£285 (members) £325 (non-members) All prices exclusive of VAT

Event venue and location

Apple London HQ
1 Hanover Street
London, W1S 1YZ United Kingdom

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