nasen Live Speakers 2019
Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive, IPSEA
Session Title: Achieving good outcomes for children and young people: how schools and local authorities can work with parents to ensure compliance with the law
Ali is the Chief Executive of IPSEA, a charity that provides free, independent, legally-based advice and support to families of children with special educational needs and/or a disability. Ali is a qualified solicitor with extensive casework and policy experience in the fields of education, community care, mental health and public law. She has spent many years working in the not-for-profit sector, including as Head of Legal at Mind, Assistant Director of Legal Services at NYAS and Deputy Practice Manager at the Children’s Legal Centre.
University of Exeter
Brahm Norwich is Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter
Session title:What does new research show about the provision for pupils with SEN? What is the significance of the rising placement of pupils in special schools and the impact of the move towards more academies on SEN intake?
He has worked as a teacher, a professional educational psychologist and researched and published widely in these fields. His recent books have been about: Special needs a new look. with Mary Warnock (Continuum Books, 2010); Addressing tensions and dilemmas in inclusive education (Routledge 2013) Lesson Study: making a difference to teaching pupils with learning difficulties (Continuum, 2014) with Jeff Jones and Experiencing special educational needs; lessons for practice (Open University Press 2016)..
Brian Lamb OBE
NatSipBrian Lamb OBE is an associate with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) which supports specialist teachers of children with sensory impairment where he has worked on DfE funded projects supporting the implementation of the SEND reforms.Session Title: Making a success of the SEN reforms: children and young people with low incidence disability (Sensory Impairment) in the classroomBrian also works as a consultant specialising in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) working with Local Authorities, Schools, Parents Groups and Professional Organisations. He chaired the Lamb Inquiry into Special Educational Needs and Parental Confidence (2008-10) for the DfE. He is also the founding Chair of Achievement for All, an educational charity with aim of improving outcomes for children with SEND.Brian is Visiting Professor in Special Educational Needs and Disability at Derby University and a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University and a member of the Advisory Board of the SEN Policy Group. He was also a member of a number of Government consultative bodies including the Disability Rights Task Force (1997-1998), the Salt Review (2009) and the Bercow Review (2008). He has been a governor of Mary Hare special school for deaf children and a parent governor of a primary school, where he covered the SEN brief.
The Skylark Partnership Medical Needs MAT
Cath Kitchen - Cath is a National Leader of Education for hospital education and is the Executive Head Teacher at The Skylark Partnership Medical Needs MAT.
Session title: Interim findings of the efficacy of using telepresence robots to support young people accessing school whilst unwell: an exploration of challenges, dilemmas and opportunitiesCath is the project lead for the Department of Education’s Alternative Provision Innovation Fund to assess the efficacy of the telepresence robot known as ‘AV1’. Cath has worked with pupils with medical needs for 20 years, has co-authored numerous articles and publications and is an executive member of the National Association for Hospital education. Sarah Dove - Sarah is the principal strategic director of Phoenix Education Consultancy and is the project manager supporting the DfE Alternative Provision Innovation AV1 project. Sarah is an experienced leader in education and is the President of PRUsAP, a national organisation that seeks to promote the work of PRUs and AP. Sarah has fifteen years experience teaching and supporting pupils receiving education within hospital and psychiatric in-patient settings.
Driver Youth TrustChris is the Chief Executive of Driver Youth Trust, a national charity dedicated to improving outcomes for young people who struggle with literacy.Sesstion title: Better baselines to beat bureaucracy: Strategic implementation of the graduated approach for literacyAs an applied psychologist, Chris has worked across the private, public and charitable sector for over ten years. He has particular expertise in special educational needs, disability and employment.The combination of his understanding of equality and organisational psychology is a particular strength he believes and applies both rigour and research to DYT’s programmes of work.Chris has held a number of volunteering roles, including as a soldier in the Army Reserve and a non-executive board member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is also Chair of Governors in a primary school, member of the literacy sub-committee of the Hastings Opportunity Area and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.Married to Geoff, Chris lives in Berkshire and has interests which include cycling, wine and twentieth century art. Chris’ real passion is his Labrador, Dolly.
Castle Academy, Doncaster
Session title: High-level strategic decision-making to drive improvements in SEND provision across a group of schools and how this translates into practice.
Claire is Assistant Principal at Castle Academy in Doncaster, which is part of the Astrea Academy Trust. She has been the Inclusion Manager for 8 years and her responsibilities include coordinating and evaluating the school’s provision for disadvantaged and SEND pupils and other vulnerable groups.
Session Title: Sensory Processing and Attention & Listening
Claire is a parent to a young people with SEND and is a parent patron of the charity Ambitious about Autism. She has worked for the NHS in a children’s therapy team for 16 years and volunteers supporting school staff and parents through the SEND system. Claire also has a diagnosis of ADHD and therefore brings a unique view of the challenges facing schools, parent/carers and children with SEND
Ambitious about Autism
Emily Bawtree has over 10 years experience working in autism.
Session title: Understanding Autism in the classroom
An experienced trainer, Emily has designed and delivered accredited programmes to a range of audiences in education law, autism awareness, communication skills and handling difficult situations. Now managing the training and consultancy team at Ambitious about Autism, Emily is responsible for the creation and delivery of all training programmes delivered by the charity and heads their Autism Education Trust training hub.
Behaviour and Learning Consultant
Fintan is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and Trainer for a number of educational organisations both nationally and internationally.
Session title:Reducing exclusions through reasonable adjustments and approaches for children with different needs
He was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first independent international specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.
Hi talk will focus on Reducing exclusions through reasonable adjustments and approaches for children with different needs
University of BirminghamKamal Bodhanker is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham teaching English across both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training.Session title: Exceptionally Special: Identifying giftedness and supporting dual and multiple exceptionalityKamal has a keen interest in the education of those with high learning potential and is a trainer for the Australian Council for Educational Research’s Higher Order Thinking Teacher development course.Her talk will look at identifying giftedness and supporting dual and multiple exceptionality
Lindsey Rousseau MBE
Lindsey Rousseau MBE became the facilitator for NatSIP after leading the South East Regional SEN Partnership for DfE.
Session title: Making a success of the SEN reforms: children and young people with low incidence disability (Sensory Impairment) in the classroomLindsey has a background in SEND as a teacher, teacher of deaf children and educational audiologist in mainstream and special schools and was Head of Service in a London Borough and a large County Council.Lindsey continues to work as a children’s services consultant across a range of SEND projects, has been a Special School governor and is a Trustee of the Ewing Foundation. She is a regular contributor to professional education journals and has written chapters for published books about disagreement resolution and mediation. She is also a specialist panel member on SENDIST."
University of Wolverhampton
Michelle has held a range of different positions within the education sector, including Head of a Local Authority SEND Service, SENCO and Deputy Head Teacher in a Primary School.
Session title:Using Case Studies to support learners with SENDMichelle is currently Head of ResearchSEND at The University of Wolverhampton, where she runs the National ResearchSEND Conferences, undertakes a range of SEND Research projects and leads on research informed practice to improve learning across the UOW Multi Academy Trust.
Michelle is undertaking her own research for her PHD on exploring SEND Career routes, as well as writing a regular column for nasen connect on different aspects of research; more recent features have included writing a research proposal and the ethical considerations of research.
Michelle is co-editor of the forthcoming ‘ResearchSEND in Ordinary Classrooms’ which will be published by John Catt in June 2019.
National Network of Parent Carer ForumsMrunal is the East of England steering group member for the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and since July 2017 has the pleasure of serving as co-chair.Session title: Partnering with Parents: practical ideas for schools and LAs in forming stronger, productive relationships with parentsMrunal is the father of two children. His son, Arun is 11 years old and was born very prematurely. Arun has cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy and learning difficulties as well as an insatiable lust for life.Mrunel’s talk will look at how we can partner with parents, and look at practical ideas for schools and LAs in forming stronger, productive relationships with parents
Natasha Devon MBE
Writer & Activist
Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality.
Session title: Crossed Wires - Barriers to the Mental Health Conversation and How to Smash Them
Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers.Natasha’s talk will look at Barriers to the Mental Health Conversation and How to Smash Them
OfstedNick is Ofsted’s HMI Specialist Adviser, SEN and/or disabilities.Session title: The Education Inspection Framework 2019He is a qualified teacher and, prior to joining Ofsted, was executive headteacher of two all-age special schools for children and young people who have severe learning difficulties and complex needs.Nick will be talking about the Education Inspection Framework for 2019.
Astrea Academy TrustNicola is Executive Director for Inclusion at Astrea; an all-through Academy Trust with 27 schools in South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.Session title: High-level strategic decision-making to drive improvements in SEND provision across a group of schools and how this translates into practice.Her role involves working with schools to enhance the learning experience for all vulnerable learners; but particularly those who are disadvantaged and/or have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).Nicola will talk about High-level strategic decision-making to drive improvements in SEND provision across a group of schools and how this can translate into practice.
Professor Philip Garner taught in mainstream and specialist schools for nearly 20 years. Subsequently he has worked as a teacher educator and researcher at Brunel, Nottingham Trent and Northampton universities.
Session title: Practitioners and Research: looking to the future
Philip has engaged in school-focussed research projects in the UK and in many international settings and is a consultant to the Australian government’s Leading Learning 4 All on-line SEND leadership resource . He has published widely in this field and is currently the Editor of one of nasen’s key professional journals, Support for Learning
SEND Reviewer, SENCo & Assistant Head Teacher
Rachel studied Zoology before training to teach and has taught across primary, special and secondary schools.
Session title: Developing an inclusive teaching ethos in schools-using informal and formal CPD opportunities to raise awareness and upskill staff.
As a hugely experienced Secondary SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher, she has developed innovative provision for vulnerable groups and has driven CPD for support staff and teachers in her local area. She is a trained SEND reviewer and is a member of one of nasen’s advisory groups.
Rachel will look at how we can develop an inclusive teaching ethos in schools-using informal and formal CPD opportunities to raise awareness and upskill staff.
Session title: Moving from management complex behaviour to understanding
Sarah is the principal strategic director of Phoenix Education Consultancy and is the project manager supporting the DfE Alternative Provision Innovation AV1 project. Sarah is an experienced leader in education and is the President of PRUsAP, a national organisation that seeks to promote the work of PRUs and AP. Sarah has fifteen years experience teaching and supporting pupils receiving education within hospital and psychiatric in-patient settings.
Simon is SEND lead in Telford and Wrekin Council and is responsible for strategic commissioning, place sufficiency, SEND strategy and operational oversight of the local authority SEND teams. Tammy is head teacher of Aqueduct Primary School in Telford and Wrekin, having previously worked as a SENCo.
Aqueduct Primary School, Telford
Tammy is head teacher of Aqueduct Primary School in Telford and Wrekin, having previously worked as a SENCo.
SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, DfE
André is the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser. He has been a teacher and educational psychologist and has held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities and at national level. Throughout his career, he has been committed to the continuous professional development of staff.
Please note that speakers are subject to change and all views expressed are speaker views only.