08:45 – 09:45

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:45 – 10:00

Chair’s introduction and welcome
Christopher Robertson, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham and editor of SENCO Update

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote 1

The latest national plans for Special Educational Needs

Laura Cunningham, Assistant  Director, Special Educational Needs and Disability Division, DCSF

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote 2

The Lamb Inquiry and how the final recommendations will impact on Government policy

Brian Lamb, leader of the Lamb Inquiry

11.00 – 11.10


11:10 – 11:40

Morning refreshments and exhibition

11.40 – 12.10

Keynote 3

The Steer Report: what the recommendations mean for SENCOs and pupils

Sir Alan Steer, The Steer Report

12:10 – 13:00

Streamed sessions

Working with pupils on the autistic spectrum to provide the best possible provision

Dr Glenys Jones, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham

Identifying and including pupils with ADHD in the mainstream classroom
Gareth D. Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support [SENCO], Priestnall School, Stockport

Identifying and supporting pupils with speech, language and communication needs
Melanie Cross, Professional Advisor, I CAN

Engaging parents to improve confidence in their child’s SEN provision
Helen Peter, Independent Educational Consultant & Teacher, hpsourced.co.uk

Inclusion in Action: making whole school systems work for staff and pupils to enhance planning and provision

Alison Ekins,

Senior Lecturer in Inclusion,

Canterbury Christchurch University

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch and exhibition

14:00 – 14:30

Keynote 4

Coordinating teaching and support staff to ensure a whole-school approach to SEN

A representative from the TDA

14:30 – 15:20

Streamed sessions

Creating dyslexia friendly lessons to provide for all learning styles
Glenys Heap,
Senior Training Principal, Dyslexia Action

Creating strong links between schools and SEN professionals in multi-agency teams

Understanding your legal obligations – the relationship between SEN and Disability Equality

Mark Blois,

Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Listening to the voices of children and young people with SEN, messages from positive psychology

Dr. Ruth M. MacConville,

Head of SEN Service, London Borough of Ealing

Inclusion in Action: making whole school systems work for staff and pupils to enhance planning and provision

 Alison Ekins,

Senior Lecturer in Inclusion,

Canterbury Christchurch University

15:20 – 15:50

Afternoon refreshments and exhibition

15.50 – 16.40

Streamed sessions

Differentiation: engaging and challenging all pupils in mixed ability classrooms

Providing effective support for pupils and tackling the stigma associated with mental health

Aqualma Murray,

Independent Child Care Consultant and Trainer, Aqua-Empowerment Services

The SENCO’s legal obligations surrounding LA schemes for delegated SEN funding

Mark Blois,

Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Developing the common assessment framework in line with SEN procedures

RAISEonline: assessing your SEN pupils and creating strategies for raising their achievement


Conference close

Event Sponsor – Inclusive Technology Ltd

Inclusive Technology provides a range of assistive technology – the hardware and software that helps those with special needs to take part in learning. Access devices, such as switches and alternative keyboards, enable people with physical or sensory difficulties to use a computer and to communicate. The Inclusive Interactive Plasma Screen provides an inclusive alternative to the interactive whiteboard. Inclusive’s software helps develop skills like using a switch, understanding cause and effect, making choices and working with words and numbers.

Inclusive also provides advice, consultancy and training on SEN issues and ICT solutions.

Inclusive Technology Ltd Riverside Court Huddersfield Road Delph Oldham OL3 5FZ

Tel: 01457 819 790

Email: inclusive@inclusive.co.uk