Annual SEND Conference

Annual SEND Conference

Friday 15th March 2019 | Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey | 18T/14389

This exciting informative annual event for SENCOs, provides an invaluable opportunity to update knowledge and improve practice in schools to enhance educational outcomes for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Our one-day event will provide you with the opportunity to hear from a range of internationally renowned speakers in the world of SEND. Delegates also have the opportunity to choose seminar sessions so that their particular areas of interest are catered for. This annual event is relevant to all phases of education

Who Should Attend?

Primary and Secondary:

  • SENCOs
  • Headteachers
  • Senior Leaders
  • Classroom Assistants

Key Reasons To Attend

  • Hear from national figures in the world of SEND about current challenges with an insight into what works in different settings and contexts.
  • Engage in discussions with peers during networking opportunities to help share good practice from across the county and neighbouring areas.
  • Attend seminar sessions focusing on key SEND issues led by experienced speakers
  • Gain inspiration from others to lead whole school improvements which clearly benefit SEND learners (and all learners)
  • Chances to win high quality SEND resources through our end of conference raffle!

About Nigel Bishop

In his role as a national trainer and consultant, as well as a recently-qualified counsellor, former primary head teacher Nigel brings his wide experience of school-based learning and leadership to bear on a variety of current issues, notably data analysis, the Pupil Premium and learning support. His warmth and gentle humour combine with enthusiasm to revive those who learn with him, as well as equipping them to continue moving mountains.

About Gareth Morewood

Gareth D Morewood started teaching in the mid 1990s and has been the Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School in Stockport since September 2002.
Over the last twenty-five years, Gareth has helped shape provision in a number of schools, MATs and Local Authorities across the UK, Ireland & Chile through support, research, training and consultancy.  He continues to regularly support parents/carers with SEND legislation and provision, as part of his wider interests in equality and opportunity for all.

Gareth is an Honorary Research Fellow in Education at the University of Manchester; Education Advisor to Studio III and Vice Chair of the ‘Senco-Forum’.  Gareth has written and published extensively on SEND issues and his main areas of interest are autism and emotional regulation.  Gareth tweets @gdmorewood and his website can be found at

About Lorraine Petersen

Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher.

2004 – 2013 - Lorraine was CEO of Nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.

During her time as CEO of Nasen, Lorraine worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (formally the Teaching Agency) and UKTI. She has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences, as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

2009 - Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

2010 - Lorraine was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Research Awards and in 2013 the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT

2013 - Lorraine established Lorraine Petersen Educational Consultancy and currently works independently, delivering training and supporting schools and local authorities with their SEND policy and practice.

2015 - Lorraine successfully completed the IPSEA SEN Foundation Legal Training and has been appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

2016 - Lorraine became an Advocate of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Lorraine in currently Director of Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance and is a Governor at Chadsgrove School.

Lorraine has recently undertaken training to become a Mental Health First Aider Instructor.

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SPECIAL OFFER - 20% OFF a second booking - valid from 24th-31st January 2019

Early Bird price: £160 + VAT until 28th September 2018

Full Conference price: £210 + VAT

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