nasen Live 2019

EVENT - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 12 July 2019

The Vox

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It’s back! We are excited to announce that our popular, annual SEND conference, nasen Live will return for 2019. *Please note, individual gold members are only able to book themselves as a delegate and any duplicate bookings will be deleted.

The event will happen on Friday 12th July and take place at the Vox, Birmingham.

This one day event promises to provide you with the opportunity to network with other SEND professionals, explore latest SEND developments and update your knowledge, as well as hear from a group of key figures from within the sector and meet with a range of award winning exhibitors.


Ticket prices for nasen Live start from £149 for nasen members and £199 for non-members. Gold members go FREE!

This will get you access to any of the seminars, allowing you to choose which ones you are most interested in seeing. Some seminars will also be live streamed throughout the event.

Ticket prices also include lunch and light refreshments throughout the day. Free tickets

If you would like to attend nasen Live 2019 for free please contact the team on: 01827 311 500 to upgrade your membership to gold.



nasen Live 2019 confirmed speakers

  • Ali Fiddy


    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.

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  • Brahm Norwich

    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)..

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  • Brian Lamb OBE


    Brian 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 classroom
    Brian 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.

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  • Cath Kitchen

    The Skylark Partnership Medical Needs MAT

    Cath Kitchen - Cath is a National Leader of Education for hospital education and is the Executive Head Teacher, 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 opportunities

    Cath 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.

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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.
    Sesstion title: Better baselines to beat bureaucracy: Strategic implementation of the graduated approach for  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.

    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. 

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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.

    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

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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.
    Session title: Exceptionally Special: Identifying giftedness and supporting dual and multiple exceptionality
    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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  • 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 classroom

    Lindsey 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."

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  • Michelle Haywood

    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 SEND


    Michelle 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.

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  • Mrunel Sisodia

    National Network of Parent Carer Forums

    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. 
    Session title: Partnering with Parents: practical ideas for schools and LAs in forming stronger, productive relationships with parents
    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. 
    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.

    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

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  • Nick Whittaker


    Nick is Ofsted’s HMI Specialist Adviser, SEN and/or disabilities. 
    Session title: The Education Inspection Framework 2019
    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.
    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.

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  • Philip Garner

    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

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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.

    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.

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  • Simon Wellman

    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.

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  • Stand 44

    nisai  At Nisai, we believe that everyone has equal value and should have access to high quality education around the world. It is our mission to provide traditional and non-traditional learners the skills to flourish through innovative education and influencing positive institutional change. Our curriculum is available to learners aged 11-25 with courses accredited by OCR, Cambridge and NOCN. As a Cambridge International School, we have the ability to provide IGCSEs and A Levels to students across the globe. We are also approved by the Department for Education as a Section 41 provider for Post 16 learners. All schools within the Nisai Group are either ISI or OFSTED inspected.

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    are the foremost suppliers of SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools. We work with a range of candidates, from TAs and Teachers to Therapists and School Leaders. We would love to hear from you if you are looking to recruit any temporary or permanent SEND staff, or seeking employment in this sector. Axcis provides quality people for day to day cover, long-term and permanent assignments. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to your needs and find the right candidate, no matter how specialist your requirement. We consistently receive excellent feedback from candidates and clients alike.

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    By combining the latest in artificial intelligence with over 25 years of academic research, Lexplore have developed an entirely new method of assessing reading. Their entirely computer-based assessment determines a child’s reading attainment in just a few minutes by measuring their individual eye movement patterns, which can offer an insight into how their brains process text. Their test is fully objective, backing your professional judgement and highlighting children with specifically reading difficulties, such as Dyslexia. Lexplore’s assessment and results portal are both fully web based, as well as paper and admin free, and therefore they also reduce teacher workload.


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  • Stand 4

    SEN Books Come and view the latest SEND books and specialist teaching resources. SEN Books is the leading bookshop in the UK for CPD books and teaching materials to support professionals working with SEND children. New to NASEN Live will be our new Diagnostic Assessment of Numeracy Skills kit; Can We Do that Again? a series of resource books for pupils who struggle with literacy skills and Making Maths Visual and Tactile.

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  • Stand 5

    Scanning Pens

    Give students the confidence to read independently in and out of their exams! Scanning Pens provide reading aids for those with Special Educational Needs / SpLD as well as those wishing to improve their literacy, or have reading difficulties such as dyslexia. Scanning Pens is the world’s leading supplier of pen scanners. Our Exam Reader is JCQ approved and therefore NO Access Arrangements are required, it was also Highly Commended in the Digital Devices category at the Bett 2019 Awards .Find out about the success of the ExamReader & ReaderPen saving money and resources alongside increasing grades. We offer all schools, colleges & universities FREE 30 day trials of our pens so they can see the benefits themselves!


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  • Stand 6

    Fresh Start in Education An interim support service for students out of school, or struggling with education for any reason. We return 95% of students referred to us to a permanent place of education or full time employment.

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    EQUALS is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994, committed to supporting the work of teachers, TAs, schools and parents/carers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).  EQUALS publishes curriculum and assessment materials, organises national conferences, provides local training courses and much more.  

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    In association with their expert RICS Chartered Surveyor Partners ICS offers free funding advice, project appraisals, project surveys and bid writing services for Academy Schools and Colleges to access the ESFA Condition Improvement Fund grants for essential capital works to their buildings. This expertise has helped to secure IRO £32 Million for their academy clients across the country.


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  • Stand 13


    Sentinel™ from Intersys is the award-winning measurement and metric tracking software that is transforming the way SEN schools track their pupil progress. It can help your school prepare for Ofsted inspections and internal reviews by tracking and demonstrating pupil progress and attainment. Uniquely, SENtinel™ combines several sources, collating data such as attendance, behaviour incidents and achievement into easy-to-read dashboards.The software gives teachers a detailed picture of their students’ progress, plus senior management can identify trends across cohorts or entire schools. SENtinel™ won the 2018 IT Europa Award for Best Government/Utilities Provider of the Year and is used by reputed National Teaching Schools. Give your school the SENtinel™ edge!


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  • Stand 14

    Witham Prospect School

    “Witham Prospect School is a newly established independent SEN residential school, situated in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside for children and young people aged 11-18. We have 18 residential places and 6 day places for pupils with severe and profound learning disabilities, who may also be on the autism spectrum and have behavioural concerns.”


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  • Stand 19

    One team Logic MyConcern is The Queen’s Award-winning safeguarding software used by schools and colleges worldwide to report, record and monitor all safeguarding, pastoral and well-being concerns. Simple to use and suitable for SEN settings, it helps protect children and young people using a secure and trusted platform, enabling early intervention.

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  • Stand 21

    Faronics Wise

    Introducing Faronics, a wholly owned company who has been developing world-class software for education since 1996. Drawing on years of experience, working with a variety of education establishments across the globe, our software tools have been designed to add true value to mainstream and alternative teaching and learning environments in over 150 countries. Faronics Wise unifies the entire process of managing school data in the most secure and efficient way possible, whilst ensuring that every stakeholder that plays a part in the students outcome can communicate and collaborate in real time both internally and with the wider parent community. 

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  • Stand 22

    Mighty Writer Winner of the Education Resources Awards 2018 for Best Primary Resource Mighty Writer is a brand new, innovative and multisensory resource. It transforms children’s literacy almost overnight, guaranteed! Teachers rate it 9.7/10. Its core age range is for 4-7 years, however it can be used with children of all abilities.

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  • Stand 23

    Trugs trugs, “teach reading using games”, for Primary/Secondary, is a catch-up reading resource. Delivery is through playing structured phonic card games with lots of fun and laughter. The detailed structure is easy to understand resulting in lots of incidental learning and improved reading. Specifically designed games for differing learning styles and needs, EFL, EAL, speech & Language as well as Gifted & Talented and dyslexics having been designed by a dyslexia specialist for ALL mainstream students. There are monitoring and tracking booklets as well to assess and evaluate progress, making trugs a complete reading intervention

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    The Commtap Symboliser for PowerPoint makes it very easy for teachers to add picture symbols to lessons to support pupils with reading or communication difficulties. Commtap also runs a free website with ideas for supporting children with a range of communication difficulties.


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    Fresh Start Direct  We provide students with bespoke, live, online one to one lessons with their own personal tutor - who will help them in their areas of most need. Any subject – any level. Accessible from anywhere – even from the comfort of their own home.

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    Providing support and guidance to schools and academies to improve how they buy goods and services. Helping them save time, money and improve outcomes by reducing non-staff spend. <

    The Department for Education’s (DfE) Schools Commercial Team is here to help you reduce costly administration time and navigate complex buying processes through support and guidance when you need it. Our services help schools identify suitable products and suppliers, utilising DfE’s central buying power and insight into the marketplace. <

    Our team helps schools and personnel find networks and alliances to form closer working relationships utilising shared resources where possible.

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  • Stand 35

    Edgehill University

    Edge Hill University is based in Ormskirk in the North West of England, close to Liverpool and Manchester, and has a wide range of local and regional delivery centres throughout the country.  We are one of the leading providers of Postgraduate Professional Development across the whole school workforce and deliver nationally. When it comes to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion the Faculty of Education has an enviable reputation for outstanding professional development.  We currently facilitate a range of programmes including The National Award for SEN Co-ordination, PG Cert SpLD (Dyslexia), PG Cert Education (Inclusion & SEN), PG Cert Education (Dyscalculia).


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    Sports Plus Scheme

    "Award Winning Sports Plus Scheme" offers High Quality Sports Coaches for Primary Schools with guaranteed cover and a consistent approach. Established in 2001, We are a Family Business that works with Over 20,000 Children Each Day at hundreds of Primary Schools. We offer a Bespoke Service that is backed up with going the extra mile and exceeding expectations. 


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  • Stand 46

    TG Escapes

    Design and build Educational buildings. TG Escapes manages planning through to final decoration. We create ‘Biophilic’ designs for the Education sector, cost effective, built to last decades, low maintenance and energy efficient.

    Biophilic classrooms provide educational environments with life enhancing effects of the natural world , an ideal environment for Autistic children.

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  • Stand 55

    National Education Union

    “The National Education Union (NEU) is the largest education union in Europe, supporting and representing more than 450,000 members, including the majority of teachers in England and Wales. Our members are leading from the front in the fight against the crisis in SEND Funding.The NEU is delighted to once again partner with NASEN to sponsor the Inspirational Teacher Award for the second year running and celebrate the hard work and dedication of SEND professionals across the country. Join us, together we will shape the future of education.”


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    Our Provision Map system streamlines the process of managing SEN, saves hours of time, can assist in securing extra funding plus helps with Ofsted success. Includes Learning Plans, Costed Provision Mapping, Reports and parental communication. Additional plug in software available for our Provision Map system includes Safeguard my School, School Robins and Area Dashboard for MAT's and LA's.

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  • Stand 64

    Routledge Routledge Education is the proud co-publisher of an award-winning series of books with nasen, which cover a huge range of topics within SEND and aimed at pre- and in-service teachers, SENCOs and teacher educators. Written by many of the UK’s leading experts in the field, their highly practical professional resources are staff-room essentials in early years settings, primary and secondary schools around the country. Routledge is part of the Taylor and Francis Group, an informa business.

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