SEND Conference & Exhibition 2017

This years conference focuses on 'Supporting Progress and Inclusion for children with SEND' and will enthuse you to reflect and develop inclusive approaches to teaching SEND. The day will support you to improve outcomes of children and will link to local priorities and Ofsted.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity.  Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme.  In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects.

Adam will provide an update on national SEND policy and implementation in this final year of the reforms.  

Dr Jo Potier is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Liverpool Fresh CAMHS at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She has been developing services for children with complex mental health needs for the past 10 years and is passionate about increasing access to services for children and young people with significant vulnerabilities who may be hard to reach or out of reach. One of her many roles as Clinical Lead has been to develop the CAMH provision in schools in Liverpool and she herself provides support and consultation to one of its SEMH schools.

Jo's keynote will focus on 'Surviving or thriving: teaching, learning and children’s development'.



eQe and eQeOutdoors provide a range of creative services to build schools’ capacity to meet pupils’, staff and parents’ social and emotional needs, and to enable pupils to reach their full potential

The Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool recognises the importance of supporting the whole family and offer a range of ever developing services, information and advice to help families and their children. 

Nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) is a charity organisation who support thousands of practitioners by providing relevant knowledge, training  and resources required to enable staff to meet all pupils needs. 



All workshops will be delivered by 'Outstanding' Liverpool schools' - Delegates choose 3 workshops to attend. All workshop are running at each session.

1. Making an accessible curriculum and supporting needs

Examine approaches and strategies which make learning more accessible for children and young people with SEND. Focus on how to practically provide effective, inclusive and supportive educational provision, raise attainment and meet needs effectively within an accessible curriculum, within a person-centred approach by understanding needs and learning styles.

Catherine McDermott is an experienced SENCo and Inclusive Learning Officer with School Improvement Liverpool.

2. Understanding behaviours and the benefits of therapeutic intervention

Complete a whistle-stop tour of the different causes of challenging or concerning behaviour, by looking at ‘The Therapeutic School Model’ and explore how and why therapeutic approaches are effective in changing behaviour. Take a snapshot look at examples of therapeutic approaches currently used in schools.

Bridget Sheehan is the Director of Equilibrium and Enablement Ltd (eQe Ltd). She has a Masters in Counselling and is a teacher, therapist, behaviour consultant and trainer with over 25 years’ experience of working in inner city schools. She is also the creator of the Th.Inc.Room® approach.


3. Inclusion: Whole School Approach - not just a place

This workshop will begin with a discussion of what we mean by ‘inclusion’, including in relation to exclusion, what our responsibilities are in schools, which pupils are the hardest to include and how we can enable this to happen. There will then be an activity for delegates to consider where their school or setting is in relation to inclusion, and what their priorities for development should be. Delegates will set out their next steps and what needs to be in place in order for these to be achieved.

Alex Grady was a teacher for 24 years, almost all of these spent working with children with SEND. She has been a SENCo, run a KS1 Language Unit, a KS2 Dyslexia Unit, supported Looked After children, worked as an advisory teacher for a LA and has trained many teachers and teaching assistants in SEND. 

4. Supporting teachers in working with ADHD in their classroom

Working with learners with ADHD can be extremely frustrating and tiring yet wonderfully satisfying at the same time. This workshop will give guidance and practical ideas for SENDCos and School leaders on how to support colleagues working with children or young people with ADHD in their classes. The session will introduce some of the new developments in our understanding of the condition and the implications of this for classroom practice.

Colin Foley is the training director for the ADHD Foundation and runs courses for teachers on “Understanding and Managing ADHD” throughout the UK and abroad. 


£175.00 per delegate. unless otherwise stated
£175.00 per delegate. All costs are subject to VAT

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