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Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds - Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference 2018

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Friday 9 March 2018 (with optional panel and dinner on the evening on Thursday 8 March) - Best Western Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent   

Designed for all education staff working in special schools, specialist and alternative provision, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds’. This year’s conference includes a one-day conference with an optional panel debate and dinner the night before.

This conference is ideal for school leaders in all types of special schools; specialist and alternative provision; SENCos, mainstream schools, including those with resourced provision; and SEN support services, across early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings.

Thursday 8 March from 1700

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 Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary.

Friday 9 March, 0900 - 1600
Keynote Speakers

The conference opens with Paralympian Aaron Phipps. Aaron will detail his achievement being the first person using a wheelchair to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

The day will be closed by Jean Gross. Jean will talk about speech, language and communication, and being chair of the Bercow Review 10 years on.

More information about our keynote speakers can be found here.


During the day, you’ll have the chance to attend three of our seven 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.

  1. Ofsted - Matthew Barnes
  2. Assessment update - TBC
  3. Positive Minds: New perspectives in the mental health of children and young people
  4. Securing successful careers - National Accreditation and an exemplary role model
  5. It helps to talk (Language and Communication Skills: the foundation of SEND support)
  6. Safe schools are liberating
  7. Making inclusion a reality
Please note workshops are subject to availability

Why should I attend?
  • Share current educational thinking and examples of effective practice
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Take away practical advice, ideas and support
A limited number of rooms are available at the Best Western Moat House Hotel for the night of Thursday 8 March that delegates can access at our exclusive rate of £89. To book one of these rooms, please contact Review Travel on 01625 446288 or email: reservations@reviewtravel.co.uk before 25 January 2018, quoting NAHT SEND conference. To confirm your hotel booking you will need your credit card details to hand.

Book your place here

Conference fees

Thursday Dinner and Panel

Member - £75
Non-member - £95

Friday Conference

Earlybird member - £195 (limited to the first 50 member bookings)
Member - £225
Non-Member - £300
Group Booking - £200 per person (Minimum 3 attendees - additional Terms & Conditions apply)

Conference Sponsors

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