SEND Conference 2021: A Vision of Transformative Leadership of Inclusion

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We welcome you to BDSIP’s third annual SEND Conference hosted by a range of leading experts in the field of SEND and Inclusion. Their insights and knowledge will be invaluable in supporting our strategic leadership thinking and action planning as we face the biggest educational challenge in recent years.


Why should I attend?


I want to:

  • Consider how the culture of my setting will inspire and motivate our children to believe in themselves and develop the resilience they need to overcome adversity.
  • Explore what the strategic leadership of SEND looks like, following the impact of COVID-19.
  • Consider the relationship between SEND and Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Understand the Engagement Model and its implication for practice from September 2021.
  • Explore a tried and tested approach to implementation of the Engagement Model for Pre-Formal Learners.
  • Consider an evidence-based approachto mapping and assessing personal progress for Semi-Formal Learners and Formal learners.
  • Explore a formal curriculum for Global Learning Difficulties and FormalLearners who are consistently working below age-related expectations.
  • Consider best practice in Inclusion Hubs to support learners with SEMH and/or those at risk of exclusion in either primary or secondary mainstream settings.
  • Understand attachment and how it supports resilience in relationship building beyond the home.
  • Gain insights on the difficulties with diagnosing ASD in girls, the warning signs we should be vigilant for and what we can do to support.
  • Learn about the relationship between ASD and mental health and how we can best support these learners.
  • Understand how the LASER Programme has supported B&D schools during the most challenging times in recent educational history.
  • Explore why it is vital to establish and maintain a joined-up approach to reducing stress and enabling learning.


The plan for the day


All delegates will be emailed a Zoom link to the Keynote speeches:

9.00am Richard McCann Making a Difference

2.20pm  David Bartram OBE - The Future of SEND: Supporting leaders of SEND in their strategic role following on from the impact of Covid-19


Delegates will be required to sign-up for workshop sessions and will be sent separate Zoom links for each session.


10.00 – 10.45

Workshop 1 – Gareth D. Morewood Improving Outcomes with the LASER Programme

Workshop 2 – Amjad Ali  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for SEND

Workshop 3 – Diane Rochford The Engagement Model: Curriculum thinking and next steps in planning for September 2021


11.00 – 11.45

Workshop 4 – Gareth D. Morewood Why Constant Consistency is the Holy Grail

Workshop 5 – Danielle Ngonu-Lewis Let's stop putting square pegs in round holes:  Developing inclusion hubs in mainstream primary schools.

Workshop 6 - James Waller Using the Engagement Model to support assessment and teaching of pupils not yet accessing subject specific learning (Pre-Formal Learners).


12.30 – 1.15

Workshop 7 - Pooky Knightsmith Help! I’m Autistic and Anxious

Workshop 8 - Danielle Ngonu-Lewis Let's stop putting square pegs in round holes:  Developing inclusion hubs in mainstream secondary schools.

Workshop 9 - Mike Sissons  Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress for Semi-Formal and Formal learners


1.30  – 2.15

Workshop 10 - Pooky Knightsmith Spot and Support Autistic Girls

Workshop 11 – Lisa Cherry Relationships in School That Make The Difference

Workshop 12 - Peter Imray Children who are consistently working considerably below age-related expectations and therefore learning through a Formal Curriculum


Who should attend?



ARP Lead

Senior Leader


Parents support advisors



This conference is free of charge for delegates from B&D schools.

For schools outside of B&D, there is a charge of £80 for the full event.


Booking confirmation including access information and important pre-course information will be sent to you upon booking.


Please check your junk inbox if you do not receive your booking confirmation and ensure you mark the sender as safe to enable you to receive any further pre-course information or changes.


Contact information

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Lee Boyce



For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact

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