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! 



Time Information
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

SEN students are six times more likely to suffer from a mental health issue as a direct result of their SEN. This session will look at why that is and what we can do to reduce the risk and support their wellbeing. By providing support for the whole person, not just academic attainment, we are preparing our SEN students to be successful in school and life after school.
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
Following your hunch when something’s not right

Sarah Abad Murillo, former primary assistant headteacher, GL Assessment

How many times have you looked at a child’s work or progress and intuition has told you there’s an underlying problem, but there just aren’t enough clues on which to act? Sarah Abad Murillo, a former primary assistant headteacher, will explore the tell-tale signs that might alert you something’s not right as well as provide you with practical strategies to support the children in your care, focussing on speech and language, attitudes and behaviour and reading. Sarah will also be available on GL Assessment’s stand 175 to advise you on their wide range of screening tools and resources that support SEND provision.
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 

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 - 11:30
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

Through a case study, we will look at the journey of a Year 10 student with SEN. We will plot what inclusion and support might have looked like if we had joined up the dots. This is an opportunity to think about the impact of unidentified SEND on mental health and learning outcomes. We will ask the important question. What could we be doing differently and how can assistive technology help?
12:45 - 13:30
The Hidden Nature of Language Difficulties
Derry Patterson, speech and language therapist, Speech Link Multimedia Ltd

Why are so many children and young people with SLCN being missed? What are the consequences for them and your school? Why is early identification not just necessary at 4 but important at junior and secondary level? Derry Patterson, speech and language therapist, will talk about how SENCOs, teachers and TAs can identify and support these children and young people.
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.