Professor Stephen Hawking to open nasen Live 2017

News - 09 Jan 2017

Professor Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS

We are delighted to announce that renowned theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking CBE, is to open our annual conference nasen Live 2017 via video link. He will also formally launch nasen’s upcoming dual and multiple exceptionality (DME) campaign.

In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Professor Hawking is a cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Professor Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease, shortly after his 21st birthday.

His experiences make him uniquely qualified to discuss DME; a term used to indicate a person who has high learning potential alongside a special educational need or disability.

Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen, said: “Celebrating the exceptional talents of children and young people is a passion of nasen’s, and we are proud to have the support of Professor Hawking for such a crucial campaign.  Too many DME children are not able to reach their full potential because either their needs mask their high learning potential or their high learning potential means their needs are not adequately met.  This DME campaign will bring together research and classroom practice so that teachers feel more confident in identifying and meeting the needs of this group of children and young people."

nasen Live is taking place on Friday 7 July at the Birmingham ICC. The event provides SENCOs, school leaders, teachers and other education professionals with a unique platform to celebrate outstanding practice and provision for children and young people with SEND.

Visitors to the event will have the chance to network and explore the latest developments in the SEND and education sector and will also be able to update their knowledge and learn from evidence-based practice.

There will be several seminars and keynotes during the event, delivered by key figures in the sector. Guest speakers include Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen; Lesley Cox HMI, National Lead at Ofsted for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, PHD, Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Professor Diane Montgomery PHD, Alison Wilcox, Head of Education at nasen, Dr Fiona Piennar, Director of Clical Services Place2be, Stuart Miller, Deputy Director at the Department for Education, Michael Surr, Education Development Officer for nasen, Natalie Packer,an independent Education Consultant specialising in SEN, Rob Webster, a joing professional development co-ordinater at the UCL and Kate Browning, a former SENCo and local authority school improvement officer for SEND.

nasen’s DME campaign will launch in 2017 at nasen Live. For further details and to reserve your place at the event, visit nasen Live 2017.

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