Overview

27 Apr, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm28 Apr, 20229:00 am-1:30 pm
Online
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The Independent Schools SEND Conference will outline effective SEND provision for independent school leaders and teachers.

According to the Independent School Council’s (ISC) 2021 Census, 90,298 pupils were recorded as having SEND, compared to 75,012 in 2020. While 17% of all ISC pupils now require SEND support, 5.3% also have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – and the importance of meeting the needs required as part of these plans has only heightened in light of the pandemic and its impact on learning and development opportunities.

With Ofsted reporting that many families have been waiting as long as two years to obtain support for their children’s learning needs, now more than ever schools must demonstrate their ability and pro-activeness in ensuring tailored approaches to the needs of every child.

All independent school staff, including senior leaders, teachers, and special and additional learning needs coordinators, have a responsibility to meet the needs of children and young people in their care, and at this conference you will access the latest best practice and advice on enhancing your SEND provision, as well as gain an understanding of the latest expectations from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Key Features on an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet-ups
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Replay functions so you never miss a function
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working across the independent school sector.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion
University of Derby
Confirmed
9:45 am
SEND and the Independent School Standards

This session will explore the role of inspection in assuring schools meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

This will cover the evidence inspectors will take into account to form judgements, particularly in relation to compliance against the Independent School Standards.

Vanessa will also share emerging developments around how SEND provision will be covered in ISI’s new inspection framework, which will come into effect from September 2023.

This session will include time for questions.

Vanessa Ward
Vanessa Ward
Chief Inspector and Chief Executive
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
Confirmed
10:20 am
Understanding the SEND Code of Practice: What Do Independent Schools Need to Know?
  • Learn about your statutory obligations as a school leader, SENCO, or inclusion lead
  • Examine the principles underpinning the Code of Practice, and how independent schools can ensure teaching and support practices adheres to these
  • Explore how to work with partner agencies as an independent school, such as local authorities, particularly to support Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

This session will include time for questions.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed
11:05 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:25 am
The Role of Provision Management in Ensuring Effective Support for Children and Young People with SEND in Independent Schools

Schools are data rich environments but how do we utilise and organise this information in order to ensure that provision is as effective as possible?
This session will explore the role of provision management in answering this question and will cover:

  • The difference between provision mapping and provision management
  • Some of the principles of good provision management in an independent school
  • How you can begin to develop effective provision mapping in your own setting

This session will include time for questions.

Michael Surr
Michael Surr
Head of Education
nasen
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding SEND Provision in an Independent School

Having been recommended by ‘Independent School Parent’ for its SEND facilities and provision, this session will share insights and best practice from Ellesmere College about how they deliver outstanding support for pupils with SEND.

  • Explore how the school meets its aim of ensuring every child experiences success through a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Understand how roles and responsibilities are divided between school leaders, teaching staff, governors and wider colleagues
  • Learn how the school successfully deliver the support required by EHCPs
  • Discuss how the admissions policy works to ensure fairness while maintaining high school standards

This session will include time for questions.

Vicky Pritt-Roberts
Vicky Pritt-Roberts
Deputy Head - Academic
Ellesmere College
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion
University of Derby
Confirmed
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working across the independent school sector.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion
University of Derby
Confirmed
9:40 am
Workshop: Reviewing Your Whole-School Approach to Inclusion

To support schools in achieving top-grade inspection outcomes by demonstrating commitment to the SEND Code of Practice, this session will provide practical steps to:

  • Review your approach to quality-first teaching and how to strengthen this
  • Review your school development plan to ensure SEND provision is well-embedded and how this sits alongside other inclusive practices
  • Review the specific needs of your pupils with SEND, and subsequently prioritise the upskilling of staff in key areas such as Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

This session will include time for questions.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed
10:25 am
Workshop: Supporting All Independent School Teachers to Improve Outcomes for Pupils with SEND

This session will provide advice and guidance on how to better support children and young people with SEND in and out of  the classroom, including ideas which have been shown to work, such as:

  • The training of the whole staff about supporting SEND CYPs
  • Target setting and mentoring
  • Exploring approaches for working with SEND children in the classroom
  • Considering different approaches to assessment and methods for determining progress
  • Revision for public exams

This session will include time for questions.

Barry Huggett OBE
Barry Huggett OBE
Principal and CEO, The More House Foundation Ltd.
Chair, Cross Association SEND Group
Confirmed
11:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Workshop: Providing Tailored Lesson Planning and Feedback for Pupils with SEND

This session will explore effective ways of using different forms of feedback to deliver quality teaching and learning for children and young people with SEND, including by:

  • Ensuring teaching and support staff are regularly engaging with pupils’ academic work to assess where there may be gaps in knowledge or understanding, and encouraging oracy for reflection
  • Exploring how self-assessment and peer marking can help support the academic progress of pupils with SEND, as well as classmates in a mainstream setting
  • Engaging with parents on pupil needs, and considering the ongoing role technology can plan in lesson delivery and opportunities for feedback

This session will include time for questions.

Amanda Ross-Scott
Amanda Ross-Scott
Independent SEND Teacher
Co-Founder, Youth Pathways Services
Confirmed
12:15 pm
Panel Discussion: What Does Quality Independent School SEND Provision Look Like in Practice?

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Exploring the meaning of flexible, creative and individualised support than can help children with additional learning needs truly flourish
  • Discussing the level of SEND support that may be required at different ages, how to facilitate early identification and intervention, and how to deliver specific support during the regular timetable
  • Understanding the mental health and wellbeing needs of learners with SEND, and their peers, and how to align support for these with SEND provision
  • Examining methods for removing barriers to learning and encouraging a broad range of aspirations among all pupils
Sara Forsyth
Sara Forsyth
Headteacher
Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form
Confirmed
Sotiria Vlahodimou
Sotiria Vlahodimou
Deputy Head / SENCO
Slidon College
Confirmed
Melissa Jordan
Melissa Jordan
SENCO
Windlesham House School
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Learning from Peers: Highlighting Holistic Practice in Independent Schools’ SEND Provision
This session will provide insights and successful approaches to delivering SEND provision from schools from across the ISA, as well as highlighting the work of the ISA in this area and how they support schools to strengthen inclusive practice.

Key themes explored will include:

  • What can be adapted from special schools to deliver quality SEND support in mainstream settings
  • The importance of mental health and wellbeing support to be delivered alongside SEND provision
  • How schools can celebrate all achievements and not just specific qualifications, to take a more inclusive approach to academic success
  • Examining extra-curricula and enrichment activities that can supplement academic SEND support, and the role of all school staff in delivering these

This session will include time for questions.

Helen Stanton-Tonner
Helen Stanton-Tonner
Director of Education and Inclusion
Independent Schools Association (ISA)
Confirmed
1:30 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

 

*Programme subject to change

Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion
University of Derby
Confirmed

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