Q&A with Beverley Walters, Head of Content for the Tes SEN Show

The 42 CPD certified seminars at this year's show have been carefully picked and assembled by Beverley Walters, that will help you get to grips with the latest sector developments and enable you to return to your schools and settings inspired by new ideas to put into practice straightaway.

What was your aim as you cultivated the agenda for this year’s Tes SEN Show? 

To identify an issue (SEMH) that has a huge impact on how children and young people, particularly those with SEN, respond to education and to raise the awareness of the education workforce, the support available to them and those they work alongside.

What are some of the upcoming important topics in SEN at the moment?

Mental health; exclusion and the increase in demand for pupil referral unit places; SEN Funding and the use of high needs block funding; increase in demand for special school places; so-called "off-rolling", where pupils identified as 'difficult' are taken off a school's register and moved to another setting, such as a pupil referral unit or home education; monitoring of home education... I could go on. 

What are the biggest challenges in SEN? 

My focus is on supporting, motivating and inspiring front-line teaching staff to keep on supporting, motivating and inspiring children, young people, their parents and carers to identify aspirations and meet their potential in a challenging education climate.

Why should visitors attend seminars at this year’s Tes SEN Show?

To take responsibility for, invest in and value their own continuous professional development; fulfil wider professional responsibilities; to network and experience latest theories, guidance and practical resources to support their day to day work. 

What are you most looking forward to at the show?

The combination of brilliant seminars (of course!) and some of the exciting new speakers attending this year, delivering on topics we haven't covered before such as understanding the effects of cerebral palsy for a child or young person in a mainstream setting. Also the exhibition as it's the one time each year that I get the chance to try, test and buy the latest resources that support pupils with SEN and support inclusion for all children and young people, in my school. I am also looking forward to this year's Parent and Carer Forum, which will pick up on the fall out of some of the upcoming issues mentioned above.

The Tes SEN Show will be taking place 5 & 6 October 2018 at the Business Design Centre, London. Click here to view the full seminar programme, or explore the site for more details.