This year’s conference will highlight the importance of effective collaboration between professionals and families to improve outcomes for children with SEND and will reflect on the impact Covid-19 is having on children and young people with SEND.

    Joining the dots through effective collaboration has never been more important for children and young people with SEND than it is now. Professionals and families working together are much better placed to ensure children and young people receive the support they need in order to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. 

    This year’s digital online conference explores this concept further and reflects on the impact Covid-19 is having on children and young people with SEND.

    David Bartram OBE, Director Prescient Education will open the conference and will be followed by Sharon Gray, Education Consultant, who will be delivering a keynote on the recovery curriculum. Both David and Sharon will be delivering workshops in addition to their keynotes. Multi-award winning novelist, Sally Gardner, will deliver the closing keynote.

    Our speakers:

    David Bartram OBE, has led special education needs and disability provision in London schools for over 15 years. He has worked closely with the Department for Education to develop SEND policy and was an expert advisor to the Timpson Review on school exclusions.

    David Bartram OBE
    David Bartram OBE, Director Prescient Education 


    Sharon Gray is an active member of the SEND London Leadership Strategy team working to secure positive outcomes for children and young people experiencing SEND.

    Sharon Gray
    Sharon Gray, Education Consultant


    Sally Gardner is a muti-award winning novelist who has sold over 2 million books within the UK. Her novel Maggot Moon (2012) won both the Costa Children's Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013, awarded by the UK’s librarians.

    Sally Gardner
    Sally Gardner, multi-award winning novelist


    The conference will offer SENCOs and other primary and secondary phase school leaders a valuable opportunity to explore, discuss and reflect upon key messages, current research and thinking in order to:

    • strengthen practice in their own setting
    • reconsider and re-energise their plans for provision for their pupils with SEND
    • improve access to learning for their pupils with SEND
    • improve progress for struggling learners through improved leadership of SEND

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