- Rona Tutt OBE, Past President of NAHT and SEND Specialist
- Garry Freeman, Assistant Principal, SENCo, National SEND System Leader, Park Lane Academy
- Tania Tirraoro, FRSA Founder, Co-Director, Special Needs Jungle
- Barney Angliss, Lead Project Co-ordinator, National Star
- Chris Rossiter, Chief Executive, Driver Youth Trust
- Anna Cole, Education, Inclusion and Equalities Consultant, (Chair)
The Department for Education has actioned a review into support for children with special educational needs, an announcement which is hot on the heels of a recent funding boost of £700 million in 2020/21 for pupils with complex needs. This commitment to improving support and educational outcomes for SEND pupils has come at the right time – NAO’s SEND Report for 2019 found that 1.3 million pupils in England were identified as having SEND in January 2019, while 81.3% of local authorities overspent their local high needs budget in 2017/18. While this funding injection will provide a much-needed boost to local authorities and schools who are struggling with current resources, a comprehensive multi-agency partnership approach is required to ensure comprehensive support for SEND pupils.
Join Westminster Briefing in London on Wednesday 29th January to review your approach to supporting SEND pupils. This event will welcome representatives from local authorities, schools and the third sector to explore how you can make the best use of SEND funding to provide holistic support in your community, both inside and outside of school.
Key issues to be addressed:
- An overview of current government policies and funding initiatives
- How schools and local authorities can provide the highest quality support that enables children and young people with SEND to thrive and prepare for adulthood, including employment
- Helping parents to make decisions about what kind of support will be best for their child
- Making sure support in different local areas is consistent, joined up across health, care and education services
- Ensuring that high-quality health and education support is available across the country
- How to strike the right balance of state-funded provision across inclusive mainstream and specialist places
- Aligning incentives and accountability for schools, colleges and local authorities to make sure they provide the best possible support for children and young people with SEND
- Understanding what is behind the rise in education, health and care (EHC) plans and the role of specific health conditions in driving demand
- Learning from settings offering high performing SEND provision
- Ensuring that allocated funding is spent in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner
About the event:
The morning session will focus on an update on the national policy landscape for SEND pupils with a particular focus on available funding for local authorities and schools.
The afternoon session will encourage learning from peers and provide case study examples from schools and local authorities.
Who should attend?
You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to, head teachers, senior and middle leaders, SENCOs, alternative education providers, pupil referral units, local authorities, relevant governors, health and children's services stakeholders who are preparing for or have in interest in SEND provision.
Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.
Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.
For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657