Exhibitor Workshop Theatre

Gain direct insight into the latest products, services and resources

The Exhibitor Workshop Theatre provides the opportunity for visitors to gain expert advice from suppliers about how certain products, services and resources can be used to enhance SEN best practice and to support the requirements of learners throughout different educational settings. 

There will be the opportunity to see certain products in action and in some cases audience participation. This is a valuable opportunity for visitors to engage directly with suppliers to gain free, expert advice and ask any questions they may have. Please see the programme below.

Time Information
10:45 - 11:30
Is your education, health and care plan (EHCP) fit for purpose?
Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and head of education, Boyes Turner LLP

Gain an understanding of the requirements of a good EHCP and what to do if parents disagree with the content.  This session also aims to empower parents with sufficient knowledge to help them challenge the content of an EHCP and prepare effectively for an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Parents and professionals advising parents of children with SEND

11:45 - 12:30
Literacy learning and communication needs: a tool kit
Tina Voizey, Education manager, Tobii Dynavox
Danielle Foakes, Speech and language therapist, Smartbox Assistive Technology

This workshop will look at a range of strategies to support children with communication needs to progress in their literacy development.  It will include ideas on how to use existing AAC (Alternative & Augmentative Communication) to support development, as well as specialist software programmes such as ‘Look to Read’ alongside a range of classroom tools.

EYFS, key stage 1, SEN

12:45 - 13:30
Using assistive technology for SEN in the primary sector
Samantha Garner, Education consultant, Scanning Pens

Understanding how assistive technology can be used to support SEN in the primary sector can be challenging. As well as considering the costs, it is important to be sure that the progress of children with SEN is not being hindered by the use of assistive technology. This insightful session will provide valuable information and techniques to ensure primary schools are using assistive technology to benefit the student, as well as information on which assistive technology is most suitable.

Any education staff and parents, key stages 1-2

13:45 - 14:30
A three-step approach to tackling mental health and wellbeing issues
Pat Hunt, Independent consultant: school improvement, safeguarding and SEN, GL Assessment

Join Pat Hunt in a session looking at how standardised assessments support both their whole school wellbeing programme across the trust as well as identifying barriers to learning and planning, and implementing classroom interventions.

SENCOs, headteachers, deputy headteachers, assessment co-ordinators

14:45 - 15:30
Using LGfL and TRUSTnet resources to support inclusion, including SEND, EAL, mental health and wellbeing and higher ability
Jo Dilworth, SEN consultant, London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and TRUSTnet

An overview of all the recent and upcoming resources and events available for LGfL and TRUSTnet schools to use at no additional cost to support inclusion. This includes materials that have been both procured and developed to support SEND, EAL, mental health and wellbeing and higher ability.

Professionals working in or with London LGfL schools or TRUSTnet schools. Early Years, Key Stages 1-5

15:45 - 16:30
Empowering potential

Arran Smith, UK SEND & dyslexia consultant, Microsoft Education

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. With more than one billion people in the world with disabilities, there is no limit to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all those who use it. This session will discuss how teachers, students and dyslexic people of all ages can access inbuilt assistive technology that has been brought into mainstream use, anytime, anywhere. The session will also explore the functionality that has been added into Office 365 and Windows 10 which can help support its dyslexic users.
All key stages
Time Information
10:45 - 11:30
Navigating the SEN maze – entitlement, provision and the appeals process
Hayley Mason, Specialist solicitor, SEN Legal

This presentation will give parents a basic understanding of what their child is entitled to and how to go about achieving it. It will discuss requests for EHC Needs Assessments, what to expect in an EHC Plan, common problems with EHC Plans, situations where parents should appeal and an outline of how to appeal. It will also include some interesting statistics and helpful advice to navigating the ‘maze’ that surrounds legal entitlement for children and young people with special educational needs.

All parents of children/young people with special needs who are aged 0-25

11:45 - 12:30
Plan, Do, Review: applying the principles of practice-led learning to your own professional development in SEND
Siobhan Mellor, Director, educational psychologist and MEd SEND programme leader, Real Group

An exclusive opportunity to find out more about the impact of the practice-led learning model for gaining Masters level professional development. The newly revised SEND programme from Real Training has evolved: new modules and qualifications were launched for the programme in September 2018 to offer practice-led, up-to-date and academically rigorous training. With a range of practice-led and flexible modules to choose from, the programme can be tailored to suit you and your students.

Teachers, SENCOS, support staff, qualified to undergraduate level

12:45 - 13:30
Supporting young people with SEND/ALN to engage and access project-based learning opportunities through eTwinning and Erasmus+
Joe Baldwin, eTwinning ambassador, British Council, and director of learner services, Bridgend College, British Council and Bridgend College

Technology can unlock learning opportunities and provide a launchpad to enable young people with SEN and additional learning needs (ALN) to gain autonomy in their learning and life. In this session we will explore how technology (including VR) can aid communication and provide opportunities to enable learners with additional needs to engage in European project-based learning opportunities through eTwinning and Erasmus+.

Secondary and Further Education practitioners, careers workers, transition officers

13:45 - 14:30
Effective behaviour management through an understanding of the impact of attachment issues and trauma
Sheila Mulvenney, Director, author and experienced head of Virtual School for Children in Care, Attuned Education

The session will focus on the impact of trauma and attachment on the developing brain, identify behaviours that stem from this and look at strategies that can support children to heal and to learn.

Anyone working with children whose behaviour poses a challenge or with vulnerable students including looked after children, children in care or those subject to child protection plans

14:45 - 15:30
From symbol boards to iPads – engagement, literacy and growth in communication
Tina Voizey, Education manager, Tobii Dynavox
Danielle Foakes, Speech and language therapist, Smartbox Assistive Technology

This workshop will explore the use of symbols and mainstream technology to support engagement and growth with literacy and communication. Attendees will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the use of symbols within SEN settings, use simple iPad apps to support symbols in the classroom and show an understanding of the principles of language development and growth for alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) users.

Key stages 1-3