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.