What’s coming up at The National SEND Conference 2021?

Ahead of the National SEND Conference 2021, one of our sponsors, Axcis, have put together a sneak preview of what you can expect. Being held online on the 17th and 18th June 2021, with a follow-up workshop on 23rd June, The National SEND Conference is yet again looking to be a flagship event in the sector this year.

What can you expect?

  • 2 Days of Core Conference Content: Policy and Funding Updates, Best Practice and Panel Discussions
  • 1 Day Follow-Up Implementation Resources: Helping You Make the Most of New Ideas
  • Live Q&As with policymakers and sector leaders
  • Match-making networking and live meeting scheduling with delegates
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Re-watch all the content for 30 days after the core Conference
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Dedicated discussion groups to network and collaborate with peers through the 3 Days
  • Real solutions, ideas and answers for all colleagues working to deliver SEND provision
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources and workshop to facilitate implementation of key takeaways

Who is speaking?

There are over 20 speakers confirmed for this event, including our friend and CEO of nasen Adam Boddison, Andre Imich who is the SEN and Disability Professional Adviser at the Department for Education (DfE) and Nick Whittacker, SEND specialist adviser for Ofsted.

Chairing the event is Michelle Prosser Haywood, Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding from University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust.

In addition to these notable names are a host of other SEND specialist consultants, leaders and other professionals who are all chomping at the bit to share their research, ideas and good practice with you. There is sure to be something for everyone. Here is what a couple of the speakers had to say about their upcoming presentations:

Olivia Blake MP, Chair of the APPG on SEND:

I am really looking forward to discussing the future of SEND provision for children and young people at the National SEND Conference in July. I’ll be giving a talk on how our All-Party Parliamentary Group works, what our priorities are for enhancing SEND provision, and what we have learnt through our inquiry about how the pandemic has affected children and young people with SEND. I hope to see you there!

Sara Alston (@seainclusion on Twitter) Special Needs and Safeguarding Expert:

“I am really excited to be part of the National SEND Conference 2021. I will be discussing the important issue of  the Mental Health Challenges and Concerns Among Children and Young People with SEND with Moji Omole and Nicky Fallon. Hoping that you will be able to join us.”

Nicola (Nik) Fisher, Lead Teaching Assistant and Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Outstanding Contribution to SEND:

I am looking forward to talking about how Teaching Assistants Can Deliver Outstanding Secondary School SEND Provision at the National SEND Conference in June, I’ll be giving a talk on:

  • How to help children with SEND access the mainstream curriculum through Hive 2 provision, and ideas for reviewing what is delivered through Hive 2 and how.
  • Methods to support transitions into post-16 pathways by developing independent living skills in tailored 1-to-1 sessions.
  • Discovering how EKLAN training can support the delivery of innovative speech and language sessions for secondary pupils.
  • Examining how to tailor interventions according to additional challenges for example pupils who have complex needs or who are also entitled to Pupil Premium.

Book your place

School leaders and SEND professionals will find this conference invaluable, so if you have not booked a place yet, you are not too late – tickets are still available and cost £295 for the conference plus follow-up offerings.


At the Axcis “stand”

Our team will be on hand at our virtual stand to answer your SEND recruitment questions, or discuss how we can be of service to your organisation. As leaders in SEND recruitment, Axcis can offer day to day, long-term and permanent staffing solutions. We actively recruit skilled leaders, teachers and support staff, including those who have experience supporting learners with autism, SEMH, PMLD, MLD and other SEND needs. Get in touch at the conference or via our website to find out more.


Click below to see the full agenda for the day!

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