The voice of specialist further education

Wednesday 12 May

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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

Specialist FE and the Government’s SEND review: reflection and renewal

The government’s review of SEND provision in England is nearing its completion. The future of specialist FE, and its role in the wider SEND system, will be shaped by its conclusions. Today’s keynote will be led by those close to the review, and will examine how specialist colleges should prepare and respond, building on the strength and resilience developed during the pandemic.

The panel will include Dame Christine Lenehan and AoC’s SEND Policy lead David Holloway.

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.

Wednesday’s session will be organised by hot topic with five breakout rooms:

  1. Belonging to a multi-academy trust (MAT)
  2. Adapting to changing cohorts of learners
  3. Staying on top of safeguarding
  4. Staff wellbeing
  5. Open – share your own challenge with colleagues

Breakout Session 1: 2.00pm

Webinar 1: Integration of learning and therapy for students with PMLD

A viewing of a webinar about the work at Bridge College integrating therapy services into PMLD student learning programmes. Jointly-led, curriculum-therapy co-designed sessions, include defining and achieving integrated therapy and learning targets. Maria Hawksworth Lead Physiotherapist at the college will be available to give updates on this practice and answer your questions.

Workshop 1A: SEND and the law, with Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive, IPSEA

Delegates will hear about how Covid-19 has impacted on the implementation of SEND legislation. We will explore key legal issues and what they mean for students, families and colleges and share good practice. Ali Fiddy will highlight latest case law and discuss potential changes as a result of the SEND review.

Workshop 1B: Your staff team: employment law in specialist colleges

An interactive training session on matters relating to employment law, focussing on managing sickness absence in the context of working through the pandemic in Natspec colleges.

Breakout Session 2: 3.15pm

Webinar 2: Getting started with AT for sensory learners

A short introduction to technology which can support learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or Complex Support Needs who learn at a sensory level. Techniques, hardware and software are shown along with hints and tips on websites and apps to use. Fil McIntyre is on hand to answer all your questions.

Workshop 2A: Innovative practice exchange

A chance to learn about the innovative practice of colleges shortlisted for this year’s Natspec Awards. During the workshop you’ll be able to choose to hear in detail about any three of the following areas:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Pathways to employment
  • Interdisciplinary working
  • Technology
  • Student voice
  • Partnership-working
  • Curriculum innovation
  • Home learning.

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