Exhibitor Spotlight Theatre

The Exhibitor Spotlight Theatre provided a great chance to hear from a selection of exhibitors giving informative, 30-minute presentations about their products and how they can support practice. These sessions are designed to provide direct insight on their products. 



Time Information
10:00 - 10:30
The Ollie model - empowering children to take control rather than being controlled by their emotions

Alison Knowles, author, creator and child therapist, Ollie and his Superpowers

By using the Ollie concept we can help kids leave unwanted emotional baggage behind as they grow into adults. The true power of this model is that it is strength focused, rather than being a therapy model that tells you what you should do, it asks you what you think you could do and gives you the tools to make the changes that best suit you as an individual. 
Hear about the concept behind Ollie and how it is helping children learn how to control their emotions rather than being controlled by them.
10:45 - 11:15
Mind Mechanics - a toolbox for your brainbox
Sarah Rawsthorn, director, Edge Inclusion Partners

Are you meeting the mental health needs of the pupils and staff in your school? Mind Mechanics is an established, sustainable, evidence based mental health programme for pupils. Mind Mechanics simultaneously trains your staff to teach mental health self regulation strategies and better manage their own well-being.
11:30 - 12:00
Reducing restrictive interventions with Safespaces
Amanda Farrell, product advisor, Safespaces

The talk will look at how schools, such as Millwood school in Bury, have used a Safespace both as a cosy nurture space, to support therapeutic work around sensory processing and as a highly effective tool to assist pupils who display challenging behaviours, to develop behaviour self management strategies. The talk will also consider how staff can reduce restrictive interventions using a Safespace.

 "Using Safespace has helped to improve behaviour across the school- limiting the need for restrictive physical interventions. It helps the students to be in control of their behaviour as they know they have the choice to go somewhere and let off steam safely without the need for adult intervention. This is particularly useful with our students who are on the Autism spectrum with severe learning and sensory processing difficulties".
12:15 - 12:45
SEND matters of the moment for school leaders
Judy Shaw, national president, NAHT

An update on SEND policy and campaigns around the challenges facing SENCos and School Leaders and an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues.
13:00 - 13:30
Nurturing empathy in special schools with immersive storytelling 
Serdar Ferit, Co-CEO, Lyfta

Serdar will share three exciting case studies of impact and transformation from special schools around the UK who have used Lyfta intensively over the last year.
13:45 - 14:15
Online tuition for SEN students

Josh Blackburn, sales and operations manager, TLC LIVE

How to think outside the box when looking for intervention strategies for students with SEND.
14:30 - 15:00
Reasonable adjustments the SMART way
Jacqui Webber-Gant, director, OnLineTraining

Examples and benefits of using SMART goals. Achieve measurable results through meeting specific learning needs. For over ten years, OLT courses have enabled over 136,000 participants to improve their classroom practice.
15:15 - 15:45
What should education look like for adults with an EHCP?
David Anthony, head of post-19, BeyondAutism

Should EHC plans for adults be focused on the qualifications they achieve, and how well they fit the neurotypical model of education, or is another approach needed? We share other measures of success such as essentials for living, and show how individual education plans can be mapped against literacy, numeracy and the four strands of preparation for adulthood to better prepare students for the transition from education to adulthood, to become more independent and increase their opportunities to have choice over their life.
16:00 - 16:30
Digital inclusion and advocacy
Professor Andy Minnion, professor of media advocacy, University of East London

The RIX Wiki is the key software tool to emerge from the RIX Centre’s research and development work on Multimedia Advocacy. A Wiki is an easy-to-build multimedia website arranged around a simple mind-map structure.  The software has been co-developed in schools, homes and community settings with people with learning disabilities and their families, professional supporters, educators and carers over the past decade.