September SEND Conference
30 October 2019
This was the first SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) Conference of the school year and began with a key note speech from Professor Adam Boddison - CEO of NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs) and Chair of Whole School SEND.
Adam is the Chief Executive for NASEN , an organisation that promotes the advancement and development of all individuals with SEND . He is responsible for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of NASEN's activity and gave an inspirational talk on the current national picture of SEND .
Ian Donegani Head of Service ( SEND & Inclusion) also shared information to SENCOs about the progress made regarding timeliness within Cheshire East, since the last conference in June 2019, and also gave attendees updates on new consultation processes and future plans.
Alongside the key note speakers there were a number of great workshops for everyone to choose from including Girls and Autism Spectrum Conditions, Behaviour and Resilience, Connection is your Superpower - looking at empathic working , Sensory Processing, Admissions and Transport, Safer Handling, Cornerstones Alternative Provision, Children Missing Education and Elective Home Education. There were also a number of stands to visit such as Rhino, Emile Maths, Dyslexia Gold, SEN Recruitment, NASEN, Axcis and IntraQuest.
During the day SENCOs were also able to talk to a wide range of Cheshire East professionals for advice and strategies and were able to network with colleagues.
The day was a huge success with more people attending the termly conference than ever before. Over 180 people attended and the day ended with a prize draw with some fantastic prizes.
Feedback was given by the SENCOs and they found the day ‘informative’, ‘thought provoking’ with ‘powerful speakers’ and ‘inspiring'.
The next Conference is in February 2020.