Special needs educators headed to the Whole School SEND Summit, 23rd February

The Whole School SEND Consortium

The Whole School SEND Consortium, hosted by The London Leadership Strategy, is made up of leading charities and school led organisations in SEND provision, including NASEN, National Education Trust, Swiss Cottage and Oxford Teaching School Alliances, Harris Federation, Academies Enterprise Trust, Institute of Education, Whole Education, Challenge Partners, the Council for Disabled Children, The Communication Trust, Autism Education Trust and Driver Youth Trust. They are united by a shared commitment to improving outcomes for children with SEND.

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The Whole School SEND Consortium are running their first Summit on 23rd February 2017 at The Crystal (located on London’s Royal Victoria Dock), and the event will be hosted by the hosted by The London Leadership Strategy. This gathering will bring together new and established voices to discuss SEND in an innovative and discursive format. The aim is to utilise the experience and expertise of everyone in the room - school leaders, teachers, SENDCos, parents, young people and third sector organisations - in order to develop thinking and practice in SEND, and create a lasting, collaborative community dedicated to improving outcomes for children with SEND.

Attendees of the Whole School SEND Summit will contribute to, and learn from, a series of quickfire table discussions on key issues in SEND provision, led by practitioners including Vijita Patel (principal of Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre), David Bartram OBE (director of SEND at the London Leadership Strategy), and Simon Knight (director of Education at National Education Trust).

A showcase of educational tools and services from some of the leading SEND organisations in the UK will also be on offer, all of whom will be offering part or all of their services for free. The Summit will also give attendees the opportunity to get involved with significant SEND projects in the later stages of their development. These include the MITA project, led by Rob Webster and UCL, and the SEND Review tool for classroom teachers, developed by Simon Knight and National Education Trust.

Lunchtime surgeries will allow educators to troubleshoot questions and dilemmas one-on-one, during confidential chats with experienced SEND practitioners. The minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, will be speaking, and attendees will get the opportunity to join a trusted network of SEND experts, supported by a lasting online platform which members can use to share expertise and best practice, ask for support, access resources and contribute to the development of ongoing SEND projects and practice.

The Whole School SEND Consortium will strive to unlock solutions and cascade good practice in SEND provision. Tickets are available through the Eventbrite page - contact info@londonleadershipstrategy.com for more information.

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