nasen Live Speakers 2019


  • Ali Fiddy


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  • Anna Cole

    Association of School and College Leaders

    Anna is a law graduate and qualified solicitor. Anna spent nine years as a solicitor in private practice, a law centre and for the National Council for One Parent Families specialising in family law and human rights. Prior to joining ASCL in 2007, Anna worked in the policy department of Liberty. 
    Anna’s talk this year will look at Ethical leadership and SEND: what would Inclusive Accountability look like?

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  • Christopher Rossiter

    Driver Youth Trust

    Chris is the Chief Executive of Driver Youth Trust, a national charity dedicated to improving outcomes for young people who struggle with literacy. As 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.

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  • Emily Bawtree

    Ambitious about Autism

    Emily Bawtree has over 10 years experience working in autism. 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. 

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  • Fintan O'Regan

    Behaviour and Learning Consultant

    Fintan is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and Trainer for a number of educational organisations both nationally and internationally.

    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

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  • Kamal Bodhanker

    University of Birmingham

    Kamal Bodhanker is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham teaching English across both Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training. Kamal 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

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  • Mrunel Sisodia

    National Network of Parent Carer Forums

    Mrunal 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. 
    Mrunal 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. 
    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

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  • 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. 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

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  • Nick Whittaker


    Nick is Ofsted’s HMI Specialist Adviser, SEN and/or disabilities. 
    He 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. 

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  • Nicola Crossley

    Astrea Academy Trust

    Nicola is Executive Director for Inclusion at Astrea; an all-through Academy Trust with 27 schools in South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.
    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.

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  • Rachel Cosgrove

    SEND Reviewer, SENCo & Assistant Head Teacher

    Rachel studied Zoology before training to teach and has taught across primary, special and secondary schools. 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.

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  • Simon Wellman

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Please note that speakers are subject to change and all views expressed are speaker views only.