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Next steps for SEND provision in England - the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper, collaboration and system improvement, funding and capacity, and improving experience and outcomes

Morning, Monday, 18th July 2022

This conference looks at the future for SEND provision in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations outlined in the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper as the Government consults on its proposed reforms, including how to develop a system that is easier to navigate, and methods to improve system capacity.

Further areas for discussion include:

  • early intervention - its role in providing adequate support for SEND students - support for early years staff to identify students with additional needs - the role of local SEND systems
  • funding - addressing regional variation & inconsistencies in provision - assessing the value for money provided by the system - provision of new school places
  • joint working - new local SEND partnerships proposed in the Green Paper - collaborative relationships between local government, education & health and social care - standards - inspection of services
  • alternative provision - integration into local SEND systems, as proposed by government
  • young people’s experiences - achieving improvements - delays in accessing support - reduction of bureaucracy - increasing the confidence of parents & carers
  • workforce - support for staff through specialised training at every career stage - mentoring early careers teachers - the possible new SENco National Professional Qualification
  • assistive technology - workforce knowledge & understanding - potential to support improvement & greater independence for SEND students
  • outcomes & progression: 
    • raising literacy & numeracy levels for students with SEND - easing the transition to further study and employment
    • the role of careers guidance for SEND students - the supported internships programme - local skills improvement plans to address the SEND employment gap

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with André Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, SEND Division, Department for Education; and Annamarie Hassall, Chief Executive, nasen.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for the Economy, NI; NAO; and Ofsted - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library.

Keynote Speaker

André Imich

SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, SEND Division, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

André Imich

SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, SEND Division, Department for Education

Annamarie Hassall

Chief Executive, nasen


James Daly MP

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for SEND

Olivia Blake MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for SEND


Professor Brian Lamb

Visiting Professor of Special Educational Needs and Disability, University of Derby

Professor Mark Mon-Williams,

Director, Centre for Immersive Technologies, University of Leeds; and Director, Centre for Applied Education Research, Bradford Institute of Health Research

Mike Short

Head of Education, UNISON

Jim Robinson

Headteacher, JFK Special School, London

Tina Emery

Director, South West Regional Representative, National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Janet King

Sector Manager, Education and Care, NCFE

Trevor Cotterill

Programme Leader, University of Derby

Paul Fuller

Executive Director of Partnerships, Scope