Annual Conference 2017
21 and 22 March, Conference Aston Birmingham
Moving Forward – Progress and achievement in specialist further education
With the SEND reforms into their third year of implementation, and a year after Ofsted’s “Moving Forward?” report, Natspec’s 2017 conference focused on how providers and partner organisations have been working to make improvements through staff expertise, high quality resources, and a multi-disciplinary approach.
Day 1: “Moving in” included sessions and workshops on transition planning into college, working with LAs, designing effective study programme, partnership working, assistive technology and Prevent. Delegates also enjoyed meeting Paralympian David Smith MBE, winner of Gold in the Boccia event in Rio, a bronze and silver in London, and another Gold in the Beijing Paralympics.
Download the presentations from Day 1 below.
- Ruth Thomas – Conference Welcome
- Keynote Session 1 – Debbie Sorkin: Systems Leadership how to lead when you are not in charge
- Keynote Session 2 – Benedict Coffin: Special educational needs policy and high needs funding
- Keynote Session 2 – John Hogg: FE Commissioner and Area Review
- Keynote Session 2 – Judge Jane McConnell: Post School education
- Workshop A & F – John Atkins & David Lucas
- Workshop D – Theresa Redmond & Kelly Bracken: The Communication Trust
- Workshop E – Jane Morel: Understanding student needs and supporting emotional wellbeing
- Workshop I – Colette Morris & Janet Bailey: Prevent getting it right for vulnerable
- Workshop J – Nicola Beldham & Angela Anstey: Transition into college: right learner, right programme
- Principals’ Forum
Day 2: “Moving on” focused on creating good outcomes for learners with high needs, with sessions on transitions to independence, employment and links with employers, health and wellbeing, partnerships with health and social care, and post 19 opportunities. HMI Nigel Evans concluded proceedings with some reflections on progress made since his thematic report was published in 2016.
Download the presentations from Day 2 below.
- Keynote Session 3 – Deborah Jamieson OBE: Improving Lives Work, Health and Disability green paper
- Keynote Session 3 – Ian Ashman: AoC – Sharing Practice How Specialist Colleges can contribute to improving wellbeing and mental health
- Keynote session 4 – Nigel Evans: Moving Forward Progress Opportunities and Challenges
- Workshop K – G Whitehead & Lynn Reddick: Transition to independence
- Workshop L – Tina Pagett: Developing Post-College Social Care Packages
- Workshop M – Caro Birtles: Pathways to Employment Supported Internships
- Workshop N – Kevin Piper: Entry Level English and Maths
- Workshop O – Joyce Deere: Developing Bespoke Consultancy
Save the date for 2018
24 and 25 April at Conference Aston, Birmingham