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Leading on SEND across all schools conference 2019

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Radisson Blu London Portman

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Leading on SEND across all schools conference 2019 - Difference, Diversity, Dynamics

Designed for all education staff working in special schools, specialist and alternative provision, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘diversity, difference, dynamics’. This year’s one-day conference includes an optional Q&A session, drinks reception and dinner the night before.

This conference is ideal for school leaders in all types of schools and SEN support services, across early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings.

This event is running back-to-back with our Girls and autism - Many Voices conference 2019, so you can attend this exciting day too. To see details of this event, please click here.

To book to attend both events at a special offer price, please click here.

Optional Q&A session and dinner the evening before conference

Delegates can hear from SEN experts and put forward their questions during our Q&A session. This is followed by a drinks reception and networking dinner that allows you to meet with colleagues from around the country. The after-dinner speaker will be Dr Rona Tutt OBE.

Keynote speakers

  • Marijke Miles - Welcome
  • Kamini Gadhok - Implementing Bercow 10 years on: Taking a system wide appraoch to improve the outcomes for children and young people
  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka - Briding the divide - how whole systems need to work together for our most vulnerable children and young people
  • Dean Beadle - The how and why of working with autistic children: understanding social/emotional needs, how to meet them and why celebrating diversity is key


During the day, you’ll have the chance to attend three of our eight specially commissioned workshops. These workshops are designed to inspire, stimulate and empower those working with pupils with SEND and to share current educational thinking and good practice.

  1. Developments in Reducing Risk, Restraint and Restriction - Bernard Allen
  2. Reflecting on what we are learning from school and local area SEND inspections and thinking about the future - Nick Whittaker
  3. Diversity: considering the co-existing conditions in children - Barry Carpenter
  4. Being deaf or vision impaired isn't an excuse for poor achievement - so how can you demonstrate progress? - Lesley Gallagher
  5. Avoiding exclusions - practical strategies for all settings - Sarah Jane Critchley
  6. The long-term consequences of premature birth: What teachers need to know - Professor Samantha Johnson (Please note that this is a seminar)
  7. 'Sexuality - your laws do not apply to me' - How do we support young people with SEND who identify as LGBTQ? - Claire Dorer
  8. 'Bringing about bespoke' supporting learners with physical disabilities - Jane Carter & Di Caesar

Please note workshops are subject to availability


Tuesday 2nd April
1700 - Expert Q&A session
1900 - Drinks reception, exhibition viewing and dinner - After dinner speaker - Dr Rona Tutt OBE

Wednesday 3rd April
0815 - Registration and exhibition viewing
0900 - Conference welcome - Marijke Miles
0915 - Keynote speaker - Kamini Gadhok - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
0945 - Break and exhibition viewing
1015 - Workshop 1
1125 - Workshop 2
1225 - Lunch and exhibition viewing
1325 - Keynote speaker - Dr Bernadka Dubicka - Royal College of Psychiatrists
1400 - Workshop 3
1500 - Break and exhibition viewing
1530 - Dean Beadle - International speaker and trainer
1600 - Conference closes

How can I book accommodation?

Please do not book travel or accommodation without checking with the Professional Development team (events@naht.org.uk) that the conference will be going ahead.

If you need accommodation on Tuesday 2nd April, please call Review Travel on 01625 446288 to access preferential rates. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Members of NAHT can enjoy our courses and conferences at a subsidised rate so join here today and start enjoying the benefits of membership.

The NAHT has the right to cancel the conference if insufficient bookings are received. The NAHT also reserves the right to change the venue prior to the scheduled date, and in this event will communicate any alterations as soon as possible. The programme may be subject to change.

By booking a place you are accepting NAHT's terms and conditions.

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Do I need my membership number to book?

Yes. If you are booking a member place you will be required to enter the correct membership number. You can find your membership number by phoning membership on 0300 3030333 option 2.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

The Professional Development team can be contacted at events@naht.org.uk or 01444 472405.

Is my booking transferrable?

Bookings may only be transferred at the discretion of the Professional Development team. Requests to transfer will need to be made in writing a minumum of 7 days prior to the conference by emailing events@naht.org.uk. Transfers and cancellations may be subject to a charge.

Cancellation fees:

Within 20 working days - 25% charge
Within 10 working days - 50% charge
Within 5 working days - 75% charge
Within 2 working days - 100% charge

Can I update my registration information?

Any updates to your booking must be made in writing to the Professional Development team at events@naht.org.uk

Does the name on the booking need to match the delegate?

The names of each individual delegate must be entered during the booking process along with a unique email address for each delegate as this will be used for the final confirmation.

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