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Next steps for SEND provision in England - the SEND review, improving standards and coordination, and supporting progression into HE and employment

Morning, Tuesday, 29th March 2022


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the future for SEND provision in England, following the expected publication of the Government’s ongoing SEND review.


Delegates will consider priorities for improving provision in the context of a range of key developments, including the publication of the Government’s Disability Strategy 2021, Ofsted’s SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps review, and the APPG for SEND report, Forgotten. Left behind. Overlooked.


Overall, the agenda will focus on:

  • improving provision for children with SEND - priorities for:
    • funding, skills, and addressing regional variation and disadvantage
    • improving key stakeholder coordination, engagement, and outreach during the EHC planning process
  • assistive technology - exploring the potential of technology to support improvement in outcomes for students with SEND, both within educational settings and for delivering greater independence
  • careers, post-16 advice, and future pathways - what is needed to support progression into higher education and employment for students with SEND and ensuring adequate support post-16

We are pleased to announce keynote contributions from Andre Imich, SEND and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education; Professor Brian Lamb, Visiting Professor of Special Educational Needs and Disability, University of Derby; Maxine McDonald-Taylor, Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted; Jeramie Sutton, Industry Adviser for Schools, Microsoft; Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children; and Annamarie Hassall, Chief Executive Officer, Nasen; and Chair, Whole School SEND


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the DHSC; the NAO and Ofsted - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library.



Keynote Speakers

André Imich

SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education

Maxine McDonald-Taylor

Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted

Professor Brian Lamb

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

Dame Christine Lenehan

Director, Council for Disabled Children

Jeramie Sutton

Industry Adviser for Schools, Microsoft

Keynote Speakers

Annamarie Hassall

Chief Executive Officer/ Chair, Nasen/ Whole School SEND

Maxine McDonald-Taylor

Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted

Professor Brian Lamb

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

Dame Christine Lenehan

Director, Council for Disabled Children

André Imich

SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education

Jeramie Sutton

Industry Adviser for Schools, Microsoft

Chairs

Jack Dromey MP

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for SEND

Sally-Ann Hart MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for SEND

Speakers

Nicole Dempsey

Assistant Principal, Dixons Trinity Academy, Bradford

Garry Freeman

Independent SEND Consultant

Hend Rahman

Chairperson, Make it Happen

Clare Howard

CEO, Natspec

Katie Ghose

Chief Executive, KIDS

Cllr Graham Howe

Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Wokingham Borough Council

Stephen Kingdom

Campaign Manager, Disabled Children’s Partnership; and Director, Pears Foundation Learning Hub