Effective SEND Provision in Schools: Funding, Support and Collaborative Working

Confirmed Speakers:​

  • Katherine Walsh, Regional SEND Leader for South Central England and Northwest London, Whole School SEND
  • Garry Freeman, SENCo and Assistant Principal, Park Lane Academy, National SEND Leader
  • Bethany Barnsley, Head of SEND Victoria Academies Trust, Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCO, Devonshire Infant and Junior Academies 
  • Simone Aspis, Campaigns & Policy Coordinator, ALFFIE Campaigns & Policy Coordinator, ALFFIE
  • Alan Barham, Former Headteacher & Education Consultant (Chair)
  • Karen Wespieser, Director of Operations, Driver Youth Trust
  • Barney Angliss, Lead Project Co-ordinator, National Star


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 £780 million in 2020/21 for pupils with complex needs.

This commitment to boosting 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 Tuesday 10th March 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.

Further information:

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

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Monica.Thompson@dodsgroup.com


Tuesday 10th March 2020

11:00am - 3:30pm (including networking lunch)


Event venue: Etc.Venues, One Drummond Gate, Pimlico, London SW1V 2QQ


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

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