20th Annual SEND Residential Conference 2017

20th Annual SEND Residential Conference 2017

12th & 13th May 2017

For Senior managers, SENCos, Learning Support Co-ordinators and teachers working in independent and international schools.

Friday:

  • Keynote: Dr Joni Holmes - Working Memory and Learning
  • 2 breakout sessions
  • 3 workshop topics
  • Next Steps
  • SENCo Exchange

Saturday:

  • Keynote: Amjad Ali - Quality First Teaching
  • 2 breakout sessions
  • 4 Prep and Senior workshop topics
  • Longer workshops with the experts
  • Closing session on differentiation

Now in its 20th year! Time for a real celebration.

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2016 Conference Feedback

"I have always found these conferences valuable and this is the best one yet"

"Very relevant to the independent sector and always on topic"

"The less hurried air to the event and the opportunity to stop and reflect, as well as meet with colleagues"


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Outline Programme

Friday 12th May: Working Memory and Learning

10.00

 Registration and Exhibition

10.30

 Welcome

Next steps - Fil Came, Director, Learning Works

11.00

 Keynote: Working memory and Learning - Dr Joni Holmes, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge University

11.45 

Lunch and Exhibition

13.00

 Breakout 1:

  1. Understanding working memory difficulties in the classroom - Dr Joni Holmes, CBU, Cambridge University
  2. A practical approach to supporting children’s emotional development – Dr Coral Harper, THRIVE Approach
  3. Doing Maths practically to build understanding – Andrew Jeffrey, Mathsmagician

14.30

Refreshments and Exhibition

15.00

 Breakout 2: Repeat of above workshops

16.30

 Optional SENCo Exchange

17.00

Conference End and Free Time

17.10

 Free Yoga Session

18.45

 Conference Drinks

19.15

 Conference Dinner

 

Saturday 13th May: Quality First Teaching

08.45 Keynote: Quality First Teaching - Amjad Ali, Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion, Cheney School
09.20

Breakout 1

  1. QFT Toolkit - Amjad Ali, Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion, Cheney School
  2. The Power of Emotional Literacy – Helping Students to Connect with Text (KS2&3) - John Murray

  3. Learning Skills for the Classroom (Pre-prep & Prep)- Pat Guy, Learning Centre, Eton College
  4. Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms (Prep) - Debbie Grieve, SENCo, Parkside School
10.30 Refreshments
11.00

Breakout 2

  1. QFT Toolkit - Amjad Ali, Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion, Cheney School
  2. Supporting the Weaker Reader – Helping Students Transition into Skills-Based Reading (KS1) - John Murray

  3. Learning Skills for the Classroom (Senior) - Pat Guy, Learning Centre, Eton College

  4. Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms (Senior) - Anne Cowley, SENCo, Clayesmore Prep School
12.10 Close session: Differentiation: What is and is not - Fil Came, Director, Learning Works
12.45 End and Lunch

 

*Learning Works reserve the right to change the venue, programme, speakers or course content where necessary without prior notice.

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A modern conference centre, spacious meeting rooms and an inspirational training venue near Swindon.

Venue address:

Whittingham Drive
Wroughton
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 0QJ

Tel: 01793 819000

http://www.principal-hayley.com/ph-hotels/alexandra-house.aspx



Fees

Full Fee

Residential: Friday & Saturday, full board, ensuite single room  

£333 +VAT

Non Residential: Friday & Saturday

£280 + VAT

Single day - Friday

£165 + VAT

 

Single day - Saturday

£125 + VAT

Fees include refreshments, lunch, pre-conference resources and conference booklet - residential fees also include accommodation and conference dinner.

Group discounts also available when booking 3 or more places - phone the office for more details: 01672 512914

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds can only be made if cancellations are made in writing no later than four weeks before the event otherwise a 50% charge will be incurred. Refunds are not available for cancellations seven days prior to the event. Please click here for the full event booking terms and conditions

Friday and Saturday Keynotes

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Dr Joni Holmes

Keynote: Working memory and learning

In this talk I will describe the primary characteristics of children with poor working memory and outline how they overlap with those seen in children with other developmental disorders such as ADHD. I will then discuss two intervention approaches that are designed to alleviate difficulties associated with working memory problems.

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Dr Joni Holmes is an expert in working memory and its disorders. She has a first class degree and PhD in Psychology, both awarded by the University of Durham. She currently works as a Senior Investigator Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge where she manages the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory. Her research focusses on understanding the causes of cognitive developmental disorders of learning, and on developing and evaluating targeted interventions to alleviate difficulties associated with these disorders.

Saturday 13th May

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Keynote: Quality First Teaching

In my opening keynote I will be talking about the need for QFT and what that looks like in the classroom. I will also be addressing the current picture and what we can do about it as professionals.

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Amjad is a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher for Teaching and Learning. He is currently working as an Assistant Head Teacher, with a responsibility for Inclusion. He writes a reflective blog about his journey into senior leadership at www.newtothepost.wordpress.com. Over his career, which began, from the age of 21 Amjad has always been passionate about Teaching and Learning and about the progress of all students irrespective of their need.
Follow him on twitter: @ASTsupportAAli

Friday Workshops

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Understanding working memory difficulties in the classroom

In this workshop I will describe how to identify and support children with working memory difficulties in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to complete two hands on activities to consolidate their learning around these issues

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Dr Joni Holmes is an expert in working memory and its disorders. She has a first class degree and PhD in Psychology, both awarded by the University of Durham. She currently works as a Senior Investigator Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge where she manages the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory. Her research focusses on understanding the causes of cognitive developmental disorders of learning, and on developing and evaluating targeted interventions to alleviate difficulties associated with these disorders.

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A practical approach to supporting children’s emotional development

In my workshop I will introduce you to Thrive Approach; a dynamic, developmental approach which draws on the latest developments in neuroscience, attachment theory, child development and the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience.  It is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measure outcomes. The workshop will be a mixture of underpinning theory and practical activities.

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Coral has worked as a teacher for 20 years, within BESD special education for 17 of these. She has worked in both specialist Independent and Local Authority schools as a teacher and as a senior leader. After implementing Thrive in a local authority special school and seeing its significantly positive impact on children, staff and families, she completed the Thrive Trainers course and is now delighted to be joining the Thrive Team in September 2014 as a regional coordinator across her native South Wales and the West of England.

Coral has trained in and researched widely therapeutic education and BESD. She has a particular interest in reconnecting children with animals and nature and has conducted research which highlights a considerable benefit that animals can have on making and maintaining positive attachments. Coral is passionately committed to helping improve the chances of troubled and troubling children and young people. Above all, she thoroughly enjoys the company of children and believes that every child's experience to be the most important element in any philosophy of education.

Coral has recently gained a PhD - her thesis was a Biophilic Philosophy for Education based on the impact of animals as therapy in education for children with social and emotional difficulties.

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Andrew Jeffrey

Doing Maths practically to build understanding

We will look at the way in which all children, including reluctant mathematicians, can engage with and understand mathematics by having the opportunity to work in a practical way. We will look at what Bruner was saying with his now over-exposed but often misunderstood CPA approach. Be prepared to DO mathematics and have fun –we will look at shape, calculation, algebra and problem-solving. And all In 90 minutes. Possibly

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Andrew is passionate about how children learn maths, and why they sometimes don’t. Having taught for over 20 years he is now a consultant to schools, LAs, and educational organisations both in the UK and around the world.

Andrew is a Numicon author, keynote conference speaker, magician and writer, and his publications include ‘Always, Sometimes, Never’, ‘100 Top Tips for Top Maths Teachers’, ‘Cool, Calm and Calculators’, and ‘Be a Wizard with Numbers’ (which, you will be relieved to know, is also available in Thai)

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Saturday Workshops

Amjad Ali

Workshop: Teaching and Learning tips, tricks and ideas!

In my workshop I will share a variety of ideas to try in your classroom to make it more engaging, inclusive and inspiring!

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Amjad is a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher for Teaching and Learning. He is currently working as an Assistant Head Teacher, with a responsibility for Inclusion. He writes a reflective blog about his journey into senior leadership at www.newtothepost.wordpress.com. Over his career, which began, from the age of 21 Amjad has always been passionate about Teaching and Learning and about the progress of all students irrespective of their need.
Follow him on twitter: @ASTsupportAAli

John Murray

KS2 & KS3

The Power of Emotional Literacy – Helping Students to Connect with Text.

John will consider the benefits of engaging with text on an emotional level, and provide practical activities tried and tested in the classroom. Using a range of techniques that support the weaker reader, John will demonstrate how to strengthen a child’s ‘emotional dexterity’ in ways that will enable them to access and interpret text at a deeper level of understanding.

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Supporting the Weaker Reader – Helping Students Transition into Skills-Based Reading.

John will consider some reasons behind why poorer readers find reading comprehension problematic. He will look at ways in which these readers can be supported as they journey towards becoming more reflective and independent readers. He will also consider the importance of Reading Fluency, an aspect of reading that goes beyond the mechanics of reading ninety words a minute, but one that engages the reader and provides them with a valuable opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the text at a deeper level.

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John Murray is a recognised specialist in developing children's reading comprehension. John is an independent Literacy consultant, CPD trainer and guest speaker at key educational events. His seminars and training focus on the teaching and learning of Literacy and aim to help both school and learner to look forward, improve their results and secure best practice.

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Learning Skills for the Classroom

In my workshop I will focus on practical strategies to help increase the inclusion of all pupils in mainstream lessons. I will discuss ways to develop teaching staff’s understanding of barriers to learning, their anticipation of potential difficulties and their ability to tweak teaching approaches in order to maximise learning for all.

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Currently Pat teaches at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College.
Previous posts in independent schools have included roles as SENCo at St Mary's School in Cambridge, Haberdashers' Aske's School in North London and Northampton High School.
Pat was initially a classroom teacher in the state sector before moving to work for Local Authority Learning Support Services as an Advisory Teacher for SEN, as a Co-ordinator of a Specific Learning Difficulties Unit and a L.A. Literacy Centre teacher.
Pat has been an ISI inspector since 2000 and sits as a Specialist Member on SENDIST Tribunals

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Dyslexia friendly classrooms

In my workshop I will take you through the journey that my colleagues and I have travelled at Parkside. From being the secret department that wasn’t really talked about, I will show you how I have been able to engage my Headmaster, SLT and colleagues to develop classrooms and teaching styles which aim to break down barriers to learning.


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I began my teaching career in inner city primary schools in Manchester, where my interest in SEND began. Following my son’s diagnosis of dyslexia, I decided to train with Dyslexia Action to become a specialist teacher, gaining my diploma and AMBDA membership in 2007. I joined Parkside in 2008 as a specialist teacher, becoming SENCo in 2009. Over recent years I have played a key role in developing a whole school approach to SEND, changing perceptions and encouraging all our teachers to be’ teachers of SEND’.

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Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms

The role of the classroom teacher is a difficult one; all things to all students most of the time. Supporting teachers in their delivery of the curriculum is paramount to the success of the learning process. This workshop will examine a whole school approach to special needs and the methodology behind delivering Quality First Teaching in a senior school.

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My interest in special needs started whilst working with young people with physical disabilities and hearing of their experiences in the education system. This led me to train and teach in Newham, an education authority within London which actively promoted inclusive education by closing many of the special schools within the borough.

After moving to Dorset I studied for a Masters at Exeter University in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion; in addition, I gained a PG Diploma in SpLD from Bath Spa. My current role is leading the two learning support teams at Clayesmore – prep and senior.

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