The annual residential conference is planned by headteachers, for headteachers, it is an ideal opportunity to hear leading experts, pick up new ideas and network with colleagues.

    The annual conference will be an opportunity to reflect on how special headteachers can be stronger when they collaborate. Speakers to include David Bartram OBE and Simon Knight Joint Headteacher, Frank Wise School, Banbury.


    David Bartram OBE

    David Bartram has led on SEND in London schools for over 15 years. He currently works with several Multi-Academy Trusts as their consultant SEND adviser and provides support to a range of teaching school alliances and local authorities on the strategic development of SEND provision. David is co-author of the SEND Review Guide, a national peer-review framework funded by the Department for Education that has now been downloaded by over 5000 schools. He is an expert adviser on the DfE’s national review of school exclusions and is editor of Great Expectations, leading an effective SEND strategy in school, published by John Catt Educational. David was Director of SEND for London Leadership Strategy, advisor to the Mayor of London’s education team and has worked closely with the British Council to support the development of SEND policy in a number of countries including Ethiopia, Thailand and Malaysia. David was awarded an OBE for services to Special Educational Needs and Disability in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.


    Simon Knight

    Simon Knight is Joint Headteacher at Frank Wise school in Banbury, a school for children aged between two and 19 with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. He is also a National SEND Leader for Whole School SEND, a consortium of organisations committed to enhancing the quality of education for learners with special educational needs and / or disabilities. He has sat on the DfE panels developing both the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants and the Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development. He writes features for the TES and regularly contributes comment and content to other publications

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