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Leading on SEND across all Schools Conference 2020

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Looking behind, beneath and beyond the behaviour
Friday 20 March 2020
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester, M3 3WD

The theme that we have chosen for this year's conference is "Looking behind, beneath and beyond the behaviour". You will no doubt recognise the increasing complex picture across our system in relation to a very emotive issue for stakeholders in all educational settings. As leaders, we frequently find ourselves mediating between conflicting views, values and interests. At times we have to work counter-intuitively in order to apply very sophisticated practice and principles as advocates for the well-being and inclusion of some of our most vulnerable children. This is too often in the face of seductive rhetoric, using terms such as 'no excuses' and 'zero tolerance'. Instead, the conference theme stresses the need to look behind the behaviour at what might be its cause; beneath the behaviour to what it might be telling us; and beyond its superficial manifestation in order to arrive at a resolution.

The aim of the programme we have constructed for this event is to provide a space in which to re-calibrate your personal philosophy in relation to behaviour, as well as the intellectual capital which informs it; an opportunity to listen, reflect and debate, exploring the issues with a wide range of contributors, perspectives and contexts. And, as ever, to finish your day equipped with renewed energy, understanding and resolve in order to be best leaders for our learners.

We look forward, very much, to seeing you in Manchester for a stimulating and inspiring event.

Marijke Miles, Chair of SEND committee

Who should attend? 
School leaders in all types of schools and SEN support services, across Early Years, Primary, secondary and post-16 settings.

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
Keynote Speakers
  • Fintan O'Regan - Can’t learn, won’t Learn and you don’t know me at all
  • Joe Cook - Me, myself and Irlen syndrome

0815 - 0900 Registration and exhibition viewing
0900 - 0915 Introduction and welcome - Marijke Miles, Chair of SEND Council
0915 - 0945 Keynote speaker - Fintan O'Regan
0945 - 1015 Refreshments and exhibition viewing
1015 - 1115 Breakout session 1
1125 - 1225 Breakout session 2
1225 - 1325 Lunch and exhibition viewing
1325 - 1355 Keynote speaker - Professor Adam Boddison
1400 - 1500 Breakout session 3
1500 - 1530 Refreshments and exhibition viewing
1530 - 1600 Keynote speaker - Joe Cook
1600 Conference close

Breakout Sessions
(lead as workshops or seminars)
1.  Needy, Anxious, Explosive, Avoidant:  The many faces of trauma in the classroom - Seminar - Rebecca Brooks

2.  Happy, Sad, Scared - revisited.  Promoting positive mental health in children and young people - Seminar - Professor Barry Carpenter CBE

3.  Outdoor learning for all learners - Seminar - Penny Hermes

4.  Practice Makes Perfect;  Building a Restorative Community - Seminar - Marijke Miles

5.  Need to be Needed -  how to promote socially successful behaviour in students with Down Syndrome - Workshop - Vik Ralfs

6.  Reducing the need for restraint - safeguarding children and professionals in schools - Seminar - Bernard Allen

7.  Positive behaviour, positive attitudes and positive outcome - Seminar - Nick Whittaker

Please note that seminars and workshops are subject to availability


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

How can I book accommodation?

To book a room at the preferential rate, please contact Review Travel on 01625 446288.


  • Opens at 0815
  • Starts at 0900
  • Ends at 1600


Take advantage of our special offer rates

  • Member - £85
  • Non-member - £110

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