The voice of specialist further education

Tuesday 11 May

a woman presents with a flip chart to a group of delegates

Introduction: 9.45am

Join us by 9.45am each morning to hear the latest news and announcements about the day’s activities

Keynote: 10.00am

Leadership in uncertain times – Simon Whitehouse

Our SEND leadership programme was launched earlier this year and today’s keynote is led by the programme facilitator, Simon Whitehouse. This interactive and dynamic session will guide delegates through some key principles, stimulate ideas and challenge thinking. You will have the chance to meet fellow delegates, share your ideas and strengthen leadership throughout the college.

Short films: 11.50am

Two bite-sized films on topics relevant to Natspec members will be shown, followed by a break.

Informal networking: 12.15pm

An opportunity to chat informally in a breakout room with colleagues with shared interests.

Tuesday’s session will be organised by type of SEN with five breakout rooms:

  1. Autism
  2. Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
  3. Sensory impairment
  4. Behaviours that challenge
  5. Mixed cohorts with a range of different needs

Breakout Session 1: 2.00pm

Delegates can choose to attend one session. The workshops are interactive sessions, whilst the webinars are pre-recorded with a chance for live Q&A.

Webinar: 10 Mobile apps we love

Going through some popular apps that we have enjoyed using. Teach your learners to use their phone to organise their money, read text around them, keep audio notes, tell the time, find a toilet, find a sign language word, speak in French and even solutions to encourage them to put the phone down…due to popular demand. Options for Android and Apple users!

Workshop 1A: Natspec’s CPD Transform offer – meet the trainers

With Yola Jacobsen, Jane Ragless, Caro Birtles and Megan Dauksta

Come and find out about Natspec’s Transform CPD staff training offer and meet our expert facilitators. Current online courses include training on; the introduction, development and quality assurance of the RARPA process; Supported Internships, job coaching, employer engagement and, Monitoring the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and support for learners with SEND (MQTLAS). Training is delivered as courses open to multiple organisation and can also be delivered in-house as a bespoke package.

Workshop 1B: Sharing innovation: learning from the NASS incubator projects

How do you know if your work is truly innovative? How can you share innovation and good practice? Kate Williams, on behalf of NASS, and Ajeet Jugnauth from the Young Foundation, will introduce delegates to the process used with the NASS incubator programme, which worked with 9 NASS schools to help them develop their ideas and start scaling them up.

Find out what you need to do to nurture and promote your ideas, and learn from the experience of Kiran Hingorani, CEO at Swalcliffe Park School, who developed a Quality of Life framework for students and families as one of the incubator projects

Breakout Session 2: 3.15pm

Webinar: Using apps to support students into work

Join us for the viewing of a webinar introducing the award-winning suite of apps that Derwen college has developed to support students into work. The apps cover a range of work-related support including an app to support students working at Premier Inn, a customisable app for working in a café and an app that allows students to create their own CV with minimal support using key words and Makaton symbols. Helen Edwards, Marketing & Projects Coordinator at Derwen College, and Siobhan Williams will be on hand to give updates on the latest developments of the apps.

Workshop 2: Enhancing Learner Voice

Natspec’s Learner Voice Co-ordinator, Andrew Evans, will remind delegates of the importance of listening to the student voice, with examples from the national Student Voice Parliament and local colleges. Rhuanedd Deroy-Jones from Beechwood College will provide further examples from Wales, and Helen Evans from Derwen College will launch a new best practice guide for learner voice practitioners, packed with top tips for how to work with all learners, including those who are non-verbal and those with the most complex needs.

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