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SEND review: right support, right place, right time
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SEND review: right support, right place, right time

Andre Imich, SEN and disability professional adviser at the Department for Education,  Dr Nicola Crossley,  CEO at Liberty Academies Trust, Jon Severs, Editor at Tes and Simon Tanner, National Director of SEND, E-ACT discuss the recent SEND review.

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Supporting neurodiverse children with dyslexia
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Supporting neurodiverse children with dyslexia

Marcia Brissett-Bailey,  speaker, author, and co-founder of the British Dyslexia Association Cultural Perspective Committee, discusses SEND and the education system, along with her parent journey and what she has learned from her young people.

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Recruiting, training and retaining SENDCos in the current climate
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Recruiting, training and retaining SENDCos in the current climate

Simon Lock at Tes is joined by Dr Helen Curran from Bath Spa University and Julie Wharton, from the University of Winchester to discuss SENDCo retention.

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Current barriers we face within SEND
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Current barriers we face within SEND

Simon Tanner, National Director of SEND at E-ACT and Rhian Huxtable, Primary SEND Specialist at E-ACT discuss the barriers we face at E-ACT, the drive from mainstream, community engagement and systems and assurance for SEND.

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An introduction to SEND and inclusion for all
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An introduction to SEND and inclusion for all

Tom Campbell, CEO at E-ACT discusses what to expect from the E-ACT Ideas Conference sessions in partnership with Tes.

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What to expect

Following the eagerly awaited release of the Green paper in March 2022, this E-ACT Ideas Conference in partnership with Tes takes an in-depth look at:

  • The drive for improved mainstream provision
  • How greater national consistency can be achieved
  • Support and funding for all children within our education system

The conference is ideal for anyone looking to learn more about SEND or those working with SEND pupils, including teachers, academics, mental health specialists and healthcare professionals to name a few.

Partnered with TES

Connecting and supporting more than 13 million educators globally, Tes is one of the largest and most active communities of school teachers and leaders in the world.

The power of ideas

If an idea helps just one person, we think it should be shared.

Our free on-demand virtual conference delivered in partnership with Tes focuses on the topic of SEND and inclusion for all, with speakers from the Department for Education, leading universities and across the wider education sector.

 

Andre Imich SEN and disability professional adviser, Department for Education
Julie Wharton Senior Lecturer and NASENCo Course Leader, University of Winchester
Marcia Brissett-Bailey Speak, Author, and Co Founder of the British Dyslexia Association Cultural Perspective Committee
Dr Helen Curran Senior Lecturer in Education: SENCO, Bath Spa University
Dr Nicola Crossley CEO, Liberty Academy Trust

Meet our speakers

André Imich
SEN and disability professional adviser, Department for Education   
André Imich
SEN and disability professional adviser, Department for Education   

Since April 2010, André has worked as the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, contributing to a range of policy developments, including the Children and Families Act. He is currently working on the 2022 SEND and Alternative Provision Review.

André has been a teacher and an educational psychologist and held practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities and in the National Strategies.

 

Julie Wharton
Senior Lecturer and NASENCo Course Leader, University of Winchester
Julie Wharton
Senior Lecturer and NASENCo Course Leader, University of Winchester

Julie is the programme leader for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) at the University of Winchester. Julie joined the University in 2014, having spent seven years working as an SEND Inspector in a Local Authority.

Prior to this she was an Advanced Skills Teacher for Special Educational Needs. Julie led on the publication of the DfE’s SENCo Induction Pack and nasen’s Understanding Inclusion Mini-Guide. More recently Julie worked with her colleagues, Geraldene Codina and Mhairi Beaton to write and edit Leading on inclusion: the role of the SENCo.

Dr Nicola Crossley
CEO, Liberty Academy Trust
Dr Nicola Crossley
CEO, Liberty Academy Trust

Chief Executive Officer at Liberty Academy Trust, has over 20 years’ experience in education which spans primary, secondary, mainstream and specialist provision and her research interests are in the factors which contribute to educational underachievement.  Her Masters in Educational Leadership and Management (MA) and Masters in Practice-Based Educational Research (MEd), also support these interests. 

  

She is a Council member for ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) as the national SEND representative, a member of the Ethics, Inclusion and Equalities Committee and Chair of the Women Leaders’ Network.   

  

In September 2021, Nic was made an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, in recognition of her commitment and contribution to Teacher Education and Research within the Centre for Teacher Education.  She is co-author of Inclusion: A Principled Guide for School Leaders, published by Routledge. 

  

She can be found via Twitter @Nic_Crossley1  

Marcia Brissett-Bailey
Speaker, author, and co-founder of the British Dyslexia Association Cultural Perspective Committee
Marcia Brissett-Bailey
Speaker, author, and co-founder of the British Dyslexia Association Cultural Perspective Committee

 

 

Dr Helen Curran
Senior lecturer in education: SENCO, Bath Spa University  
Dr Helen Curran
Senior lecturer in education: SENCO, Bath Spa University  

Dr Helen Curran is a senior lecturer in SEN/ Inclusion at Bath Spa University. She trained as a primary school teacher, later becoming a SENCO, assistant head teacher, local authority advisor and dyslexia consultant. 

Helen currently oversees the Masters in Inclusive Education and National Award for SENCO at Bath Spa University. Her research focuses on the implementation of inclusive policy, particularly in relation to leadership and the SENCO role. Helen also works independently as a professional development/ career coach and inclusion consultant.

 

Simon Tanner
National Director of SEND, E-ACT
Simon Tanner
National Director of SEND, E-ACT

Simon leads on inclusion and SEND across E-ACT, helping the trust become a system leader in the education of SEND pupils and developing provision in all academies.  

Simon joined E-ACT from Bohunt Education Trust where he served as the Trust Director for SEND since 2017. Simon established the National MAT SEND Leaders forum and has been advising DfE in SEND policy matters including the SEND Green Paper.  Simon is a regular contributor to TES, conference speaker and podcasts regularly on SEND issues. 

Jon Severs
Editor, Tes
Jon Severs
Editor, Tes

Jon is the editor of Tes Magazine. A household name in education, Tes is one of the largest professional communities in the world, connecting and supporting more than 13 million educators globally.

The source of the latest education news and advice, the Tes website attracts over two million visitors per month. With arguably the most active community of teachers in the world, Tes has been providing an invaluable service to schools for over 100 years.

Simon Lock
Head of product and partner content, Tes
Simon Lock
Head of product and partner content, Tes
Tom Campbell
CEO, E-ACT
Tom Campbell
CEO, E-ACT

Tom Campbell joined E-ACT as Chief Executive having previously been Chief Education Officer at Greenwood Academies Trust.  As an experienced executive and non-executive director, Headteacher and teacher with over 20 years in the education sector, Tom brings a track record of transforming schools at scale, rapid yet sustainable improvement strategies and strong partnerships across the system.  Tom is committed to ensuring pupils at E-ACT feel safe in school, enjoy their learning and make exceptional progress.

 

Tom’s academic background in Psychology alongside his executive education at the University of Cambridge, is reflected in his leadership of E-ACT.  A forensic focus on culture, organisational development, innovation and strategic management form the basis of E-ACTs ongoing work in continuing to grow and improve as a strong trust.

 

Tom is a Fellow of both the Chartered College of Teaching and of the RSA.

Rhian Huxtable
Primary SEND Specialist, E-ACT
Rhian Huxtable
Primary SEND Specialist, E-ACT

Rhian joined E-ACT in 2018 as a KS2 Lead Practitioner for the Bucks and London region before moving to E-ACT Chalfont Valley Academy in 2019 as Deputy Headteacher and SENDco.

Rhian is passionate about SEND, curriculum design and reading.

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