Overview

20 Sep, 20229:30 am-3:45 pm

The Further Education SEND Conference will focus on how further education and skills providers can improve support and outcomes for students with special educational needs and disabilities. As the March 2022 SEND Review has introduced a wealth of new policy seeking to streamline the SEND system from early years to post-16, this will be an opportunity to consider how the policy updates impact colleges and skills providers and will facilitate transitions into FE and on to employment, and ensure better multi-agency working between those in the SEND system.

Through a series of keynote addresses, panel discussions, case studies, and workshops we will delve into SEND policy in the FE and skills sector, and examine best practice on support provision, inclusive teaching and learning practice, and the future of SEND funding for the FE sector, to enhance students’ experience and improve outcomes for students with SEND.

What to expect:

  • Breakdown of the SEND Review and its implications for FE and skills providers
  • Understanding the challenges for students with SEND in FE due to Covid-19 skills gaps and mental health challenges
  • Evaluating how to create a whole college inclusive culture involving SEND support staff, teaching and learning staff, and leadership
  • Deep dive into multi-agency working and ensuring the new digitised EHCPs are designed with further education in mind
  • Exploring what holistic preparation for adulthood is and how FE and skills providers can best ensure smooth transitions into college and on to employment

Speakers

Representative photo
Representative
SEN and Disability Team
DfE
David Holloway photo
David Holloway
Policy Manager SEND/LLDD
Association of Colleges
Dr David Croisdale-Appleby photo
Dr David Croisdale-Appleby
Chair, Committee for Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellbeing in Primary and Secondary Education
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Julie Pointer photo
Julie Pointer
Programme Manager
Preparing for Adulthood

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments, and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Prof Janice Wearmouth
Prof Janice Wearmouth
Professor of Education
University of Bedfordshire
Invited
9:45 am
AOC Keynote: Understanding the Key Challenges in Meeting the Needs of Learners with SEND in FE
  • Evaluate where the current post-16 funding system is failing students with SEND
  • Explore the AOC’s recommendations for improving provision
  • Discuss the main barriers FE and skills providers face to improving practice, and the need for further appreciation of the role of FE within the SEND system

This session will include time for questions.

David Holloway
David Holloway
Policy Manager SEND/LLDD
Association of Colleges
Confirmed
10:15 am
Understanding the Ongoing Impact of Covid-19 on Learners with SEND in Further Education
  • Evaluate what skills gaps have grown as a result of Covid-19 and how you can tackle these through inclusive learning practices
  • Understand how Covid-19 is continuing to impact learners, due to periods of self-isolation, increased anxiety and mental health issues
  • Discuss where ongoing support for FE students with SEND needs to focus as we continue to live with Covid-19, for example through prioritising mental health

This session will include time for questions.

Dame Christine Lenehan
Dame Christine Lenehan
Director
Council for Disabled Students
Invited
10:45 am
Networking and Refreshments Break
11:05 am
NICE: Recommendations for Best Practice Multi-Agency Working to Ensure Student Wellbeing
  • Explore multi-agency working recommendations from the NICE Committee for Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellbeing in Primary and Secondary Education
  • Evaluate the importance of education providers having an outward-facing approach and establishing strong links with external agencies
  • Discuss best practice in involving parents or guardians and students in the process
  • Understand how best to improve staff awareness of transition periods for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

This session will include time for questions.

Dr David Croisdale-Appleby
Dr David Croisdale-Appleby
Chair, Committee for Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellbeing in Primary and Secondary Education
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Confirmed
11:35 am
Case Study: Promoting an Inclusive Whole College Culture to Transform Outcomes for Students with SEND
  • Describe how staff at Richard Taunton College are integrating support staff into the whole college culture, minimising the boundaries between SEN and mainstream support and furthering inclusivity
  • Working with teaching and learning staff to ensure they are implementing inclusive practices in their classrooms
  • Top tips on promoting a whole college culture of inclusivity

This session will include time for questions.

Dr Hilra Gondim Vinha
Dr Hilra Gondim Vinha
Learning Support Manager
Lighthouse Learning Trust
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Workshop: Preparing for Adulthood: How FE Colleges Can Facilitate Holistic Support to Ensure Young People with SEND are Fully Equipped for their Future
  • Evaluating what young people with high needs and disabilities have said matters to them and how to integrate this into holistic support provision
  • Recognising being prepared for adulthood goes beyond education, skills, and employment, and discussing the role of FE providers in holistic support
  • Exploring tips on how you can improve your support provision to help students with SEND prepare for adulthood

This session will include interactive discussion and action planning.

Julie Pointer
Julie Pointer
Programme Manager
Preparing for Adulthood
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Networking Lunch
1:35 pm
The SEND Review: Outcomes for Students with SEND in Further Education
  • Outline how the new local inclusion plans involving education, health and care partners will streamline the system from early years to post-16 and provide clarity on each agency’s role
  • Explore how the proposed Digitised EHCPs will support better information sharing resulting in better transitions from school and better quality of support from students’ first day in further education
  • Understand how the funding streams announced in the SEND Review will impact on the FE sector, for example the £18 million invested in the supported internships programme

This session will include time for questions.

Representative
Representative
SEN and Disability Team
DfE
Confirmed
2:05 pm
Natspec: How Can Specialist and Mainstream Providers Share Best Practice SEND Provision
  • Explore the place for partnership working and knowledge sharing between the specialist and mainstream FE sectors
  • Evaluate best practice in the specialist FE sector that mainstream providers should seek to incorporate in their own SEND departments
  • Discuss how specialist and mainstream FE and skills providers can work together, for example on curriculum and employment placements, to ensure SEND learners achieve their full potential

This session will include time for questions.

Clare Howard
Clare Howard
CEO
Natspec
Confirmed
2:35 pm
Networking and Refreshments Break
2:55 pm
Panel Discussion: Ensuring Smooth Transitions to Keep Young People with SEND in Education, Employment or Training
  • Understanding best multi-agency practice to ensure smooth transitions from school to college, and from college into employment, for example through well designed and coordinated EHCPs
  • How to work with employers so that they understand the needs of young people with SEND
  • How to re-engage young people who are NEET in the system, and back onto training programmes

Ask our specialist panellists all your questions on transitions.

Mandy Timbrell
Mandy Timbrell
Head of Employment and Skills
Wiltshire Council
Invited
Reece Luxford
Reece Luxford
Curriculum Team Leader in SEND
Newham College
Invited
3:40 pm
Chair's Close to the Conference
Prof Janice Wearmouth
Prof Janice Wearmouth
Professor of Education
University of Bedfordshire
Invited

Audience

This conference is specifically designed for the further education and skills sectors. Job titles in attendance will include:

  • CEOs
  • Principals
  • Disability and Inclusion Coordinators
  • SEND Team Leads
  • Heads of Learning Support
  • SEND Lecturers
  • High Needs Officers
  • Inclusive Learning Advisers
We also welcome attendance from the wider public sector, and the private sector, to encourage networking and partnership working.

Pricing

Venue

London