Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for SEND policy - SEND reforms, funding, local area inspections and best practice in provision

Morning, Thursday, 9th November 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will consider next steps for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy.


With local authorities required to transition to reforms outlined in the SEND Code of Practice by April 2018, delegates will assess the impact of the introduction of Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and the Local Offer, in addition to highlighting best practice in the provision of SEND services following the implementation of reforms.


Following the closing in March of stage 2 consultations on the High Needs and Schools National Funding Formulas, delegates will address concerns around the resources and capacity for wide-ranging implementation, in addition to the implications for special education units in mainstream schools and post-16 SEND provision.


The agenda also includes discussion on how SEND training can best be incorporated into Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with it set to become a compulsory element of ITT courses from September 2018 following recommendations made in A framework of core content for initial teacher training.


Further sessions will assess the progress of the joint Ofsted-Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections for SEND services introduced in May 2016 and consider how best to utilise the extra £215 million of government funding to support local authorities to create new places and improve facilities at existing schools.



Guests of Honour

Dr Adam Boddison

Chief Executive, nasen

Nigel Thompson

Head of Inspections - Children’s Health and Justice, CQC

Matthew Barnes

Specialist Adviser, SEND, Ofsted

Guests of Honour

Dr Adam Boddison

Chief Executive, nasen

Nigel Thompson

Head of Inspections - Children’s Health and Justice, CQC

Matthew Barnes

Specialist Adviser, SEND, Ofsted

Speakers

Anne Heavey

Education Policy Adviser, ATL

Heather Stack

Director and Founder, The Local Offer

Margaret Mulholland

Director of Development & Research, Swiss Cottage School, London

Eleanor Wright

Chief Executive, SOS!SEN

Peter Imray

Independent Trainer and Consultant, The Peter Imray SENTA

Helen Adams

SEN and Disability & Maternity Commissioning Manager, NHS Nene and Corby CCGs

Zara Wright

Assistant Headteacher and SENCo, Farnham Heath End School, Surrey

Val Waite

Principal Educational Psychologist, Leeds City Council

Kim Johnson

Headteacher, Bradfields Academy, Kent