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NAHT's SEND Conference 2021

New Perspectives on Neurodiversity - Needs, Names and Knowledge
Wednesday, 20th October, 2021

SEND Conference 2021 will bring together all three services – education, health and care - to reflect on the changing landscape in neurodiversity, including a focus on lesser known conditions and syndromes with a genetic or chromosomal basis.

All content will be available to conference delegates on demand for 30 days after the event. 

Who should attend? 

School leaders in all types of schools and SEN support services, across Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post-16 settings.
Keynote speakers
Conference aims
  • To identify, celebrate and disseminate the excellent practice which promotes effective outcomes for young people with SEND across the whole of the education sector
  • To enrich, energise and inspire the leaders whose work impacts on the experiences and achievements of young people with SEND
  • To provide time to reflect, share and network within a conducive environment
  • To showcase NAHT’s role as a thought leader in the sector and to understand better members’ interests and challenges
  • To ensure that leaders attending are better equipped intellectually, emotionally and professionally to continue their vital work when they leave than when they arrived
2021 Programme

08:15 - 09:00 - Registration/Join the event

09:00 - 09:10 - Introduction and welcome - Marijke Miles, chair of SEND Council

09:15 - 09:25 - Serdar Ferit - CEO, Lyfta

09:30 - 10:25 - Keynote speaker - Dr Amanda Kirby

10:30 - 11:30 - Keynote speaker - Professor Francesca Happé

11:30 - 12:00 - Break

12:00 - 13:00 - Breakout Session One

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:05 - 15:05 - Breakout Session Two

15:05 - 15:15 - Break

15:15 - 15:45 - Fireside chat with neurodivergent comedian and writer Joe Wells with Marijke Miles

15:45 - Conference close - Marijke Miles

2021 Breakout Sessions

Session One

Ofsted SEND Inspections with Kathryn Rudd OBE, HMI Inspector
Neurodiversity – ‘A Spectrum of Traits’ - ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & Autism with Dr Tony Lloyd and Colin Foley
Behaviour Hubs - All change, no change? With John d'Abbro

Session Two

Helping Parents to Help Themselves - with Grainne Saunders
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - with Shushma Jain
Undiagnosed Genetic Conditions with Jo Wright of SWAN UK
Building confidence, communication skills and a global perspective in SEND settings through digital immersive storytelling with Dr Harriet Marshall Head of Educational Research at Lyfta


Please note the booking terms and conditions. All cancellations must be made in writing and may be subject to a cancellation fee.


  • Opens at 08:15
  • Starts at 09:00
  • Ends at 16:00


Virtual tickets

Member: £95

Non-Member: £120