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.


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Time Information
10:45 - 11:30
ADHD in schools: A strength-based approach

Jannine will guide you through the often under-utilised strengths that are part of the ADHD profile. She will share a ‘difference model of ADHD’ rather than the usual deficit model. You will gain an understanding of why your ADHD pupils act as they do, and how to help them work through their difficulties by developing their strengths.
11:45 - 12:30
Promoting positive mental wellbeing in SEN students

SEN students are six times more likely to suffer a mental health issue. Why is that and what can we do about it? This session is for anyone working in SEN and Mental Health and will explore the causes of MH issues, why SEN students are more likely to have a mental health concern AND what we can do about it. How can we be proactive and reactive when supporting mental health? Along the way, we will also learn about how we can support our own mental health.
12:45 - 13:30
Making phonics fun

13:45 - 14:30
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 and how it has benefited young people on the autistic spectrum to become more confident, independent and help them reach full potential.
14:45 - 15:30
Moving from ACEs to secure bases

Explore how an understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is only the first step in developing a school, setting or college which is truly trauma-informed and attachment-aware. Learn how an understanding of neuropsychology can help to empower adults, children and young people to deepen their relationships, improve behaviour and enhance learning.
Time Information
10:45 - 11:30
ADHD in Schools: A strength-based approach

Jannine will guide you through the often under-utilised strengths that are part of the ADHD profile. She will share a ‘difference model of ADHD’ rather than the usual deficit model. You will gain an understanding of why your ADHD pupils act as they do, and how to help them work through their difficulties by developing their strengths.
11:45 - 12:30
When Behaviour Masks Learning Needs ... Joining the Dots

Through a case study, we will look at the journey of a Year 10 student with SEN - SpLD Dyslexia and ASD. 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?
12:45 - 13:30
Making the impossible possible for all learners

Robert Lynas and Ruth Smith, deputy head teacher, computing co-ordinator, Witherslack Group

How we have successfully used technology to break down the barriers to learning for children with special educational needs.
13:45 - 14:30
Understanding and Supporting ADHD

The session will address the challenges experienced in classrooms by children and young people with ADHD and will explore a range of strategies to enable them to succeed and achieve.
14:45 - 15:30
Empowering troubled children to move towards positive change

Training method to enable adults in schools to partner with young people in creating positive change in mental health, attitude, aspiration and achievement.