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Leading on SEND across all schools conference 2019 - Diversity, Difference, Dynamics

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Wednesday 3rd April 2019 (with optional Q&A session, drinks reception and dinner on the evening of Tuesday 2nd April) - London 

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘diversity, difference, dynamics’. Through this, we are recognising both the very wide range of provision and context for leaders, and the diverse experiences of young people with SEND whom they serve. For us, SEND is just the beginning of the story in terms of the ways in which one young person will differ from another. Throughout the conference programme we aim to explore and offer insight into the enormous breadth of challenges faced by young people and their educators, condensed into this very general heading of SEND.

This year we welcome keynote speakers from both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, reflecting the growing partnership between the NAHT and these organisations in campaigning for the needs of learners. We also have a range of carefully commissioned workshops which are designed to inspire, stimulate and empower all those working with pupils with SEND. They will be led by experts in these areas.  

Marijke Miles, Chair of the SEND Council

This event is running back-to-back with our Autism and girls - many voices conference 2019, so you can attend this exciting day too at a special offer price.  To see details of this event please click here

To book to attend both events at a special price please click here

Optional Q&A session, drinks reception and dinner the evening before conference

Delegates can hear from SEN experts and put forward their questions during our Q&A session. This is followed by a drinks reception and networking dinner that allows you to meet with colleagues from around the country. The after-dinner speaker will be Dr Rona Tutt OBE.

Who should attend this conference

This conference is ideal for school leaders in all types of schools and SEN support services, across early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings.


Tuesday 2nd April
1700 - Expert Q&A session
1900 - Drinks reception, exhibition viewing and dinner - After dinner speaker - Dr Rona Tutt OBE

Wednesday 3rd April
0815 - Registration and exhibition viewing
0900 - Conference welcome - Marijke Miles
0915 - Keynote speaker - Kamini Gadhok - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
0945 - Break and exhibition viewing
1015 - Workshop 1
1125 - Workshop 2
1225 - Lunch and exhibition viewing
1325 - Keynote speaker - Dr Bernadka Dubicka - Royal College of Psychiatrists
1400 - Workshop 3
1500 - Break and exhibition viewing
1530 - Dean Beadle - International speaker and trainer
1600 - Conference closes

Please note programme may be subject to change

Keynote speakers
  • Marijke Miles - Welcome
  • Kamini Gadhock - Implementing Bercow 10 years on: Taking a system wide approach to improving outcomes for children and young people with SLCN
  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka - Bridging the divide - how whole systems need to work together for our most vulnerable children and young people
  • Dean Beadle - The how and why of working with autistic children: understanding social/emotional needs, how to meet them and why celebrating diversity is key

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

  1. Developments in Reducing Risk, Restraint and Restriction - Bernard Allen  
  2. Reflecting on what we are learning from school and local area SEND inspections and thinking about the future - Nick Whittaker
  3. Diversity: considering the co-existing conditions in children - Barry Carpenter
  4. Being deaf or vision impaired isn't an excuse for poor achievement - so how can you demonstrate progress? - Lesley Gallagher
  5. Avoiding exclusions - practical strategies for all settings - Sarah Jane Critchley 
  6. The long-term consequences of premature birth: What teachers need to know - Dr Samantha Johnson (please note that this is a seminar)
  7. 'Sexuality - your laws do not apply to me' - How do we support young people with SEND who identify as LGBTQ? - Claire Dorer
  8. 'Bringing about bespoke' supporting learners with physical disabilities - Jane Carter & Di Caesar
Please note workshops are subject to availability

Why should I attend?
  • Share cutting edge educational thinking and examples of effective practice
  • Be informed and help shape the NAHT's priorities in relation to the leadership of SEND
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Take away practical advice, ideas and support
How can I book accommodation?
If you need accommodation on Tuesday 2nd April, please call Review Travel on 01625 446288 to access preferential rates. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please do not book travel or accommodation without checking with the Professional Development team that the conference will be going ahead. 


Tuesday 2nd April
Optional Q&A session, drinks reception and dinner

Starts at 1700

Wednesday 3rd April
Diversity, difference and dynamics
  • Registration from 0815
  • Starts at 0900
  • Ends at 1600 


Tuesday (Q&A session, drinks reception and dinner)

  • Member - £75
  • Non-member - £95

Wednesday (conference)

  • Early Bird Member - £170
  • Member - £200
  • Early Bird Non-member - £220
  • Non-member - £250
  • Group booking for 3+ persons (including at least 1 x Member) - £185 per person*
  • Group booking for 3+ persons (Non-members) - £225 per person* 

 * Terms and conditions apply