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Tes SEN North 2019: a new show to support the wider SEN community

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Since 1992, the Tes SEN Show has been providing valuable insight to empower the SEN community and help them bring learning alive for children with special educational needs. This year, the Tes SEN Show is expanding with the launch of a new show – Tes SEN North.

Tes SEN North will take place on 10-11 May at Manchester Central to provide the wider SEN community with the ideal environment to take a step back from their daily roles. Visitors will improve their learning and development, discover the latest cutting-edge products and services, network and be inspired with innovative ideas to put into practice.

NAHT is proud to be partnering with Tes SEN North for its inaugural event. As regular partners of the London show, we are excited for this new opportunity for the SEN community to unite and share vital knowledge. You can find us on stand H29 – register free now to join us at the show.

Building on the success of last year’s London show, Tes SEN North will have a variety of free special features and a total of 32 CPD-certified seminars. Each session is designed to provide expert knowledge on SEN practice, policy and provision to professionals at all levels, as well as the parents and carers of children with SEN.

Visitors attending seminars can update their thinking on vital areas of practice and boost their continuous professional development. The programme covers a range of key areas and this year has a particular focus the growing issue of school exclusion.

Alongside the expert guidance found in the seminar programme, the show also offers a range of free-to-attend sessions. The opening keynote panel debate will kick start two days of expert SEN focus by discussing the key topics of the school system and the perspectives of pupils more likely to be excluded. Judy Shaw, president-elect of NAHT, will join the keynote panel debate to give a small presentation as well as take questions from the audience and other panel members. To join this session, simply register your interest as part of the registration process for the show.

Visitors can also discover the exhibitor spotlight theatre on Friday 10 May, where a range of exhibitors will give informative, 30-minute presentations about their products and services and how they can support visitors’ practice.

On Saturday 11 May, the parent, carer and teacher forum will be open to provide a safe space to discuss working collaboratively and access support from peers. This programme of free sessions will be led by visionaries, senior teachers, parents and SEN advocates.

During the show, the exhibitor workshop theatre will provide an opportunity for visitors to gain advice from suppliers about how certain products, services and resources can be used to enhance SEN best practice and support the requirements of learners throughout different educational settings. There will be the opportunity to see a variety of products in action and engage directly with suppliers for free, expert advice.

The free features will be located on the bustling show floor, which will be packed with suppliers, charities and organisations keen to speak with visitors about their needs. They will be demonstrating innovative and cutting-edge products, services and resources at the show, with some exhibitors having exclusive on-stand show offers and competitions.

Additionally, Tes SEN North will also be joined by Nursery World NORTH, a specialist early years event organised by the leading magazine, Nursery World. This co-location will allow practitioners to expand their knowledge on how to support young children's development alongside updating thinking on vital SEN topics. By registering for Tes SEN North, visitors will also have complete access to the seminar programme and exhibition for Nursery World NORTH.

With so much going on and the show fast approaching, it’s vital that all SEN professionals, parents and carers register free and book their seminars now.

Tes SEN North will take place on 10 and 11 May 2019 at Manchester Central. Find out more at

First published 26 April 2019