ARP Slow Conference: Small Changes can make a Big Difference

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We are very excited to invite all staff working in ARPs to listen to a range of dynamic and inspiring speakers who will offer their unique perspectives on how we effectively meet the needs of learners with SEND. The programme includes talks from adults with additional needs; parents of learners with SEND; and experts in the field who will all offer insights and practical advice to support delegates to consider their provision for the whole child.


Why should I attend? 

This ARP Conference will cover the following: 

  • How can I best adapt the provision in our ARP to meet the rising complexity of need?  

  • How can I develop best-practice approaches to further develop our parent partnerships? 

  • How can I further develop pupil voice to ensure provision considers our learners’ unique perspectives? 

  • What core strategies can we incorporate into our provision to support communication for all learners? 

  • What core strategies can we incorporate into our provision to meet sensory needs? 


What will the course cover? 

This is a conference for all those working in ARPs and it will provide you with a range of tools and tips so you can make small changes to make a big difference 


1st December 2021  

  • The course will open with Dean Beadle, an autistic person with a unique perspective on how education can best support these learners. Dean’s powerful message will inspire us all to better understand autistic people by sharing his personal perspective.  

  • Eliza Fricker is a parent of a child with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)She will provide a unique insight into the challenges parents face and how we can best support through a loving and advocating approach.  


9th December 2021 

  • Dr Pooky Knightsmith is back in B&D to share a range of strategies for supporting emotional regulation. 

  • Nerys Hughes, an Advanced Practitioner Paediatric Occupational Therapist, will support us to consider how we plan effective provision for the whole child. 


15th December 2021 

  • Words First will providing us with key strategies for supporting speech and language development with practical help and suggestions for children who have language delay or disorder.  

  • We will close Alex Manners, star of ‘The Undateables’, TV presenter and Autism Champion, who will share his own experiences and the lessons we can learn by seeing the world from a different and unique perspective.  


Who should attend?

  • ARP Lead 
  • Teacher 
  • Teaching Assistant 



Cost: This online conference is open to all ARP staff at no charge.


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 at or Rebecca Mawson at 


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