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SEND & ALN – Every Learner Matters – supporting the needs of SEND and ALN National Conference Live online

£155.00 + VAT



The unprecedented disruption over the past few years has disproportionately affected children and young people with additional needs. This conference brings together the latest guidance, innovative ideas and proven practice all designed to support the needs of SEND and ALN.

The specialist inputs will feature contributions from well-known experts in the field including Natalie Packer,  Nina Jackson,  Michael Surr and Samantha Garner,

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Key Topics Covered

• Gain the latest updates from the UK Government on SEND policy and practice;
• Look at approaches for realising a whole-school approach to SEND/ALN;
• Gain practical ideas to promote differentiation in the classroom for SEND/ALN;
• Look at ways to make SEN/ALN everyone’s responsibility;
• Understand ASD and Anxiety;
• Look at effective digital technology to support SEND/ALN;
• Deliver high quality teaching interventions which maximise outcomes for all SEND/ALN pupils;
• Explore the next steps in delivering high quality teaching interventions which maximise outcomes for all SEND/ALN pupils;
• Gain insights on the role of SENCOs/ALNCo’s and SEND/ALN leaders in supporting the delivery of outstanding SEND/ALN teaching and support;
• Look at successful strategies to transform student aspirations into demonstrable learner achievements;
• Increase insight into developing appropriate provision to students with increasingly complex needs;
• Hear from, engage with and question sector leaders on the future of the SEND/ALN.


Who Should Attend?

• The SEND/ALN Conference is open to professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
• Heads of SEN/ALN
• Heads and Deputy Head Teachers
• Inclusion Service Managers
• Senior Leadership Teams
• Assistant Headteachers
• Teachers
• Senior Education Advisors
• Directors of Education
• Qualifications and Assessment Leads
• Family Engagement Officers
• Pastoral Staff


Conference Programme 9th November 2022

9.15 – 9.30 Registration and Welcome

09:30 – 10:20 Natalie Packer – Update on the national picture for SEND and ALN
This session will focus on the latest updates from the UK government on SEND policy and practice. It will include information on plans for
establishing a new national system for SEND and Alternative Provision. Examples of useful, practical guidance available to all schools will also
be shared.

10:20 – 10:25 Questions

10:25 – 11:15 Nina Jackson – Differentiation in the classroom for SEND/ALN
Differentiation for pupils with additional needs can be both challenging and time consuming. During this session Nina Jackson will
demonstrate practical ways to provide challenge and accessible learning opportunities for pupils with a range of additional needs. You will
explore a range of differentiation techniques and develop strategies for promoting learning specific to the needs of individual pupils.

11:15 – 11:30 Questions / Breakout Room / Break

11:30 – 12:15 Sam Garner- Making SEN/ALN Everyone’s Responsibility
SEN/ALN is the responsibility of all staff and teachers are the first wave of support. However, it can be difficult putting this into practice. Time
restrictions and ‘well-established’ staff mindsets can provide great challenges for SENCos/ALNCos. During this session Sam will
talk about how SENCos/ALNCos can move to work more strategically and develop ‘growth mindsets’ amongst staff so everyone works together
to support SEN/ALN.

12.15 – 1pm Michael Surr – NASEN – Developing an inclusive culture: universal design for learning Inclusion is a key part of being able to meet the needs of all learners.
This session will provide an overview of the UDL framework and explore how it can help to meet the learning needs of all children and young
people, as well as explore learning goals from a UDL perspective in terms of ‘separating the means from the end’. Time will also be given to
recognise the importance of identifying pupils’ strengths and needs and using these to drive improvements in the learning environment.

13.00 – 13:50 Questions / Breakout Room / Lunch

13:50 – 14:35 Nina Jackson – Effective Digital Technology to support SEND/ALN
During this session, Nina Jackson will demonstrate and share key digital tools that can be used in the classroom to support SEND/ALN. Not only
will many of the tools support the children themselves, but the learners themselves will become more independent in gleaning the importance
of how some of the knowledge, skills and applications used can support them at home too. This will be a practical demonstration of web-based
tools as well as applications for a variety of devices.

14:35 – 15:20 Sam Garner – ASD and Anxiety!
70% of people with ASD will have a diagnosable anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. Working with students we are perfectly placed to
provide early intervention helping ASD students learn techniques to manage their anxiety effectively, techniques that can support them
throughout their life. During this session Sam will talk about how we can provide this support including evidence-based practise and

15:20 – 15:30 Feedback & Close




“Absolutely superb online conference – easy to join and excellently well organised and signposted. Broad up to date programme available and wonderful that all resources on padlets available for people to access later. Fantastic, passionate and relatable key speakers – could have listened to each one all day long. A wonderful pack provided beforehand and I was really touched by the wonderful treat and lunch voucher – very thoughtful and much appreciated. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and relevant day – many thanks to you all. More please – walking away inspired, constructively reflective and content”

“Really enjoying today’s ALN Conference! @nsmtc All speakers have been thoroughly engaging and informative!”

“An excellent day… informative, entertaining and engaging. Great speakers sharing a VERY important message. Particular thanks to the inspiring”


Further information

Trainer will be in the room at 9:00am and until 4:00pm to answer any questions or for further information etc.
Mid-morning and afternoon breaks will be given to make the day comfortable and enjoyable.
Questions and discussions are welcome throughout the conference. We want to make this your day.


Your Pack

We will send you a pack in the post with a £10 gift voucher for lunch, a treat for break time, all handouts and activity packs. These will also be sent as a digital editable version during the session if you needed.

We will ensure that the conference is made comfortable and stress free for you to enjoy wherever you are.

Additional information

Date and Location

9th November 2022