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What to expect

Join school inclusion leaders for a day of learning and networking opportunities.

Take away new ideas to enhance your school's SEND provision.

  • Stay up to date with the SEND landscape.
  • Network with other SEND professionals.
  • Gain tools for inclusive practice and high quality teaching.
Key topics
  • Hear the latest from the SEND and AP plan.
  • Manage funding effectively to provide high-quality provision.
  • SEMH intervention with the child's voice at its heart.
  • Build your teaching team's confidence.
  • Understand drivers of absence and support attendance.
  • Support EHCP applications.
'Great input with links to policy and research but really focused on practice.'
Director of SEND
VIAT
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Why attend
SEMH

Support and prevent issues through strong relationships.

Attend and thrive

Unpick drives of attendance and gain new ideas to support a return to the classroom.

Inclusive provision

Review your existing provision and gain new tools and ideas for high-quality teaching.

Programme

Programme

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Registration, refreshments and networking
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Chair's welcome
Sam Garner
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SEND improvement and AP plan update
Lorraine Petersen OBE
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Co-occurrence of SEND and SEMH need
Karl Pupe
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Q&A
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Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition
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Workshop choices 1
1A Understand your entitlement of funding
Ginny Bootman
Manage budgets and funding effectively to provide high-quality provision.
1B Utilise hybrid learning to support inclusion
Alessandro Capozzi
Ray Boxall
Support students at risk of exclusion or frequent absence with hybrid learning that helps boost confidence and a return to the classroom.
1C Hearing the child's voice at the heart of SEMH intervention
Clare Williams
With children’s mental health at a critical level, hearing the child’s voice and their experience of the world is vital for them to feel safe and able to develop the essential social and emotional skills for life and learning.

This workshop focuses on the experience of primary aged children in the Hamish & Milo programme and demonstrates the impact and importance of trusted adults, comprehensive SEMH programmes with child’s voice at the core. Research conducted by the University of Bath will be featured.
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Lunch, networking and exhibition
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Workshop choices 2
2A Self-evaluate your SEND provision
Natalie Packer
Review and evaluate your current provision, outlining areas of excellence and opportunities for improvement.
2B Build the confidence of your teaching team
Sam Garner
Upskill your teaching team with inclusive strategies to boost their confidence in teaching students with SEND.
2C Understand drivers of absence and how to support attendance
Owen Carter
Gain new initiatives for supporting attendance of your students with SEND and gain greater insight into drivers of absence from ImpactEd Evaluation's latest report.
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Workshop choices 3
3A Support EHCP applications
Delyth Hughes
Gain clarity on common myths and expectations when writing and applying for an EHCP.
3B Engage families from ethnic minority communities
Heba Al-Jayoosi
Effectively engage parents from ethnic minority communities to collaborate and support your SEND provision.
3C Empowering ADHD students: practical strategies for classroom success
Emma Shackleton
Deepen your understanding of the ADHD brain and leave with actionable strategies to effectively support your students.
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Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition
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Flexible seating as a whole school adaptation for all pupils
Heba Al-Jayoosi
Learn from a collaborative research study Heba co-led with the research team at UCL, evaluating the use of flexible seating as a universal adaptation for all pupils.
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Build compassionate relationships with your students and yourself
Sam Garner
Speakers

Conference speakers

Sam Garner chairs SEND and Mental Health conferences for Optimus Education
Chair
Balanced People
Mental Health and Inclusion Consultant
Heba Al-Jayoosi is speaking at Optimus Education conferences.
Speaker
nasen Whole School SEND
Assistant Head and Deputy Regional Lead
Ginny Bootman is speaking at Optimus Education conferences.
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Special Needs Co-ordinator and Author
Ray Boxall is speaking at Optimus Education conferences.
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King's InterHigh
Head of SEND Services
Alessandro is speaking at Optimus Education conferences.
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Academy21
Executive Headteacher
Owen Carter from ImactEd is speaking at Optimus Education's conferences.
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ImpactEd
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Delyth Hughes is speaking on SEND and EHCPs at Optimus Education's conference.
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SEND and EHCP Consultant
Natalie Packer specialises in SEND and school improvement. Join her at Optimus Education's conferences.
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Education Consultant
Lorraine Petersen is the former CEO of nasen and is speaking at Optimus Education's conferences.
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Educational Consultant
Karl Pupe is speaking at Optimus Education's conferences.
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Education Consultant, Teacher and Author
Emma Shackleton is the co-host of school behaviour secrets podcast. Meet her at Optimus Education conferences.
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Founder of Beacon School Support
Co-host of School Behaviour Secrets podcast
Connect with Clare Williams and Hamish & Milo at Optimus Education conferences.
Speaker
Hamish & Milo
Primary Teacher, Author and Educational Psychotherapist