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Next steps for SEND provision in England

the future for system reform | funding | workforce priorities | attainment & outcomes | SEND Inspection Framework | FE, supported internships programme & transitions to adulthood

Morning, Monday, 15th July 2024

Online


This conference will discuss next steps for SEND provision in England..


Bringing together stakeholders and policymakers, it will be an opportunity to discuss priorities and key considerations for the new Parliament in supporting those with special educational needs and disabilities.


Areas for discussion in the conference include:

  • moving towards a SEND system which is easier to navigate and able to provide a positive experience for SEND students and their families
  • raising national standards and professional guidelines
  • approaches to improving transitions and preparations for adulthood for those with SEND, including the role of supported internships 
  • the way forward for accountability measures, including implementation of Ofsted and CQC’s new inspection framework so far and priorities going forward
  • the future for education, health and care (EHC) plans and local plans for inclusion, including the role of SEND and AP partnerships, alongside local authority collaboration

Delegates will examine strategies for developing a more joined-up approach within the SEND system, including priorities for improving cooperation between local government, the education sector and health and social care in the provision of EHC plans. They will also consider funding requirements for local authorities and service providers, as well as key issues moving forward for providing value for money.


Improving the attainment, experiences and outcomes of learners with SEND will also be discussed, with attendees looking at mainstream settings and learners in alternative provision and specialist schools, as well as early years identification and interventions for children, and support priorities for parents and carers.


The agenda will bring out latest thinking on priorities for the SEND workforce, looking at strategies for improving recruitment and retention, and upskilling and development options for the existing workforce. We also expect discussion to consider the new SENCo National Professional Qualifications, as well as qualification options more widely.


Looking at improving progression, delegates will also assess the impact of level 3 qualifications reform on preparing young people with SEND for further education and employment, and strategies to recruit and support learners with SEND in apprenticeship roles. Attendees will look at examples of best practice for supporting learners with SEND in their transition into adulthood, including provision of high quality careers guidance, supported internship programmes and access to qualifications.


Further sessions will consider the progress of the new Ofsted and CQC Area SEND Inspection Framework and the impact of changes to SEND service inspections. There will be a focus on key areas which require improvement, the experience of parents and carers under the new framework and the level of service that inspectors consider to be acceptable.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Amanda Allard, Director, Council for Disabled Children; and Strategic Director, Practice and Programmes, National Children’s Bureau; Annamarie Hassall, Chief Executive, Nasen; Matthew Walker, Senior Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research; and Lillian Flemons, Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research.


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


The proceedings of the conference will be circulated more widely, to Parliamentarians, ministerial offices, and government and regulatory officials with an interest in the issues being discussed. All delegates will also receive a video recording of the conference.



Keynote Speakers

Amanda Allard

Director, Council for Disabled Children; and Strategic Director, Practice and Programmes, National Children’s Bureau

Annamarie Hassall

Chief Executive, Nasen (pre-recorded contribution)

Matthew Walker

Senior Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research

Keynote Speakers

Matthew Walker

Senior Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research

Lillian Flemons

Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research

Amanda Allard

Director, Council for Disabled Children; and Strategic Director, Practice and Programmes, National Children’s Bureau

Annamarie Hassall

Chief Executive, Nasen (pre-recorded contribution)

Chairs

Dr David Raraty

Senior Audit Manager, Education Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office

John Roberts

Deputy News Editor, TES

Speakers

Matt Pennington

Strategic Development Leader, Diverse Academies Trust

Oliver Cheney

Director, Colleges, Ruskin Mill Trust

Ben Bryant

Director, Isos Partnership

Catherine McLeod

Chief Executive, Dingley’s Promise

Amy Hallam

Functional Skills and Additional Learning Support Manager, ELA Training

Councillor Zena Brabazon

Cabinet Member, Children, Schools and Families, Haringey Council

Kelly Dillon

Senior Manager, Progression, Transition and Removal of Barriers, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Rebecca Jones

Director, Inclusion, GLF Schools, Surrey; and Deputy Regional SEND Lead, Whole School SEND

Clare Howard

Chief Executive, Natspec

Lisa Pigg

SENDCo, Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School, Shropshire

Andrew Poole

Assistant Head, Everton Free School, Liverpool

Ali Khan

Managing Director, ELA Training

Sarah Johnson

President, PRUsAP; and Director, Phoenix Education Consultancy

Sharon Smith

Co-Director, Special Needs Jungle; and PhD Researcher, University of Birmingham

Leigh Powell

National Officer, UNISON

Katy Tomlinson

Headteacher, Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School, Shropshire