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. 

Attending sessions in the Exhibitor Workshop Theatre is absolutely free. However, sessions cannot be pre-booked, so arrive early to ensure you get a seat! 



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10:45 - 11:30
Top ten tips for a good EHCP
Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and Head of Education, Boyes Turner LLP

Understanding the legal basis of an education, health and care plan and what parents and practitioners can do to check their plan and make sure it is fit for purpose.
11:45 - 12:30
Promoting positive mental wellbeing in SEN students
Samantha Garner, Education Consultant, Scanning Pens

12:45 - 13:30
Practical Skills Therapeutic Education
Oliver Cheney, Executive Principal, Ruskin Mill Trust

An innovative approach to developing resilience and adaptability for young people with ASD and mental health issues. This session will discuss the method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education developed over the last 35 years at Ruskin Mill Trust, how it has benefited young people on the autistic spectrum to become more confident, independent and help them reach their full potential.
13:45 - 14:30
Finding the ‘invisible’ children
Sarah Abad Murillo, Former Primary Assistant Headteacher, GL Assessment

How many times have you looked at a child’s work and intuition has told you there’s an underlying problem, but there just aren’t enough clues on which to act? GL Assessment’s Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) measure can help you to pinpoint who’s at risk from negative attitudes to learning; it’s an effective early warning system to not only confirm where your instinct is sound, but also identify children whose issues are still invisible. These attitudinal issues can have a big impact on children’s wellbeing, attainment and future life chances. It follows that, if these issues are addressed, children’s confidence will increase and their barriers to learning will lessen. This session will explain how PASS can help you identify the ‘invisible’ children and provide you with a range of practical interventions to help children who struggle with issues like self-regard and their perceived capabilities as learners.
14:45 - 15:30
Making the most of technology to support SEND (without spending lots)
Adam Gordon, SEND and Inclusion Manager, LGFL

This session will discuss the incredible potential of technology to overcome a range of barriers to learning and explore some of the reasons why this potential isn’t always realised. The session will explore some principles to ensure learners get the maximum benefit from tech in your school and highlight a range of tools which are either already in schools, or freely available for all to access.
15:45 - 16:30
Understanding the whole child: building a global cognitive assessment
Dr Selma Ruiter, Founder, De Kinder Academie (The Children’s Academy)

IDS-2 is a new global cognitive and development assessment for children and adolescents (ages 5-20) designed to identify their knowledge, strengths and relevant areas for development. Covering six domains, the IDS-2 offers the richest and most comprehensive diagnostic assessment available today. Dr Selma Ruiter takes us through the massive international effort involved in creating a global assessment of this scope.
Time Information
10:45 - 16:40
MAT SEND framework: leadership, systems and pedagogy
Simon Tanner, Director of SEND, Bohunt Education Trust

Establishing a consistent and inclusive SEND framework across an MAT is a challenge to which Simon has dedicated his SEND career.  He has established two Support for Learning departments, worked with MAT SEND Leadership Programmes as well as London Leadership Strategy advising on SEND policy, reform and best practice.  As a firm believer that 'All teachers are teachers of SEND', Simon will describe the systems that make up the successful SEND strategy within the Bohunt Education trust and apply that to the everyday pedagogy of the classroom teacher.
11:45 - 12:30
When behaviour masks learning needs…joining the dots
Julia Clouter, Head of Education, Scanning Pens

13:45 - 14:30
Bringing neuroscience to the classroom: case study of neuromapping and neurofeedback therapy to optimise the educational outcomes of looked-after young people
Stuart Black, Managing Director, BraintrainUK
Sairah Shah, Deputy Headteacher and Education Consultant, BraintrainUK

Learn how neuroscience can be applied to education. How analysis of the EEG can be used to give insights into young people’s brains, their strengths and challenges. How innovative local authorities are using this technology with neurofeedback therapy to empower and transform the educational outcomes of looked after young people.