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See what's available on the day for our premier SEND event. Everything you need to get the most out of nasen Live! 2020 can be found on this page.

nasen Live! 2020 Speakers

Please note that speakers are subject to change and all views expressed are speaker views only.

  • Emma Knights OBE

    Emma is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for school governors, trustees, governing boards and their clerks. Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the NGA’s Chair’s Handbook. Emma is founding trustee of the Foundation for Leadership in Education and was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for services to education.

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  • Elizabeth Murray

    Liz is the Founder of Spotlight Education Support, providing SEND training and consultancy for schools. She is also an experienced Assistant Headteacher and SENCo. Liz regularly presents at training events and publishes articles to share and develop innovative teaching practice for SEND students in schools.

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  • Alex Manners

    My name is Alex Manners, 23 from Solihull and I have Asperger’s. I have presented talks all about “My Life Living with Asperger’s to many different companies, universities, schools and councils. I also present my own radio show, have written a book and have started an “Autism & Football” campaign. 

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  • Mark Blois

    Mark is Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson. Mark has over twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer. He is recommended as a Leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’.  ‘Chambers UK’ has dubbed him “an industry leader” and ‘Legal 500’ has entered him into their ’Hall of Fame’. Mark is a trustee of nasen.

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nasen Live! 2020 Agenda

Visitors to the event will have the chance to network and explore the latest developments in the SEND and education sector and will also be able to update their knowledge and learn from evidence-based practice. 

Delegates will also have access to leading, award winning exhibitors, as well as several seminars and keynotes delivered by key figures in the sector. These will be available all day, so you will have access to any of the seminars, meaning you pick and choose which are of most relevance and interest to you.  

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nasen Live! 2020 Exhibitors

  • Axcis Education - Stand 30

    Axcis are the foremost suppliers of SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools. We work with a range of candidates, from TAs and Teachers to Therapists and School Leaders. We would love to hear from you if you are looking to recruit any temporary or permanent SEND staff, or seeking employment in this sector. Axcis provides quality people for day to day cover, long-term and permanent assignments. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to your needs and find the right candidate, no matter how specialist your requirement. We consistently receive excellent feedback from candidates and clients alike.

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  • GL Assessment - Stand 31

    GL Assessment offer award-winning assessments which are proven to deliver the accurate data you need to make confident decisions on your pupils’ ability, attainment and any barriers to learning. They offer over 20 screening and diagnostic assessments that support SEND provision, covering dyslexia, dyscalculia, mental health and wellbeing and much more. Come and talk to them about WellComm Primary, their new Speech and Language Toolkit for Primary Schools.

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  • Nisai Group - Stand 21

    Nisai believe that everyone has equal value and should have access to high quality education around the world. It is their mission to provide traditional and non-traditional learners the skills to flourish through innovative education and influencing positive institutional change. Their curriculum is available to learners aged 11-25 with courses accredited by OCR, Cambridge and NOCN. As a Cambridge International School, they have the ability to provide IGCSEs and A Levels to students across the globe. They are also approved by the Department for Education as a Section 41 provider for Post 16 learners. All schools within the Nisai Group are either ISI or OFSTED inspected.

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  • Edukey - Stand 26

    “We started our journey as a teacher and a software engineer who met online and decided to make great software for schools.”
    Duncan, with his knowledge and understanding of the education sector, and Gintas, with his cutting-edge software skills, lead the team behind what Edukey do.
    There are now over 40 staff members on the team and the majority of these are people Duncan used to teach or work with.

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  • EQUALS - Stand 22

    EQUALS is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994, committed to supporting the work of teachers, TAs, schools and parents/carers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

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  • GCSEPod - Stand 31

    A multi award-winning digital publisher of in-depth curriculum knowledge for over 27 GCSE subjects. We are dedicated to improving the working lives of teachers and making GCSE learning stick. We take an evidence based approach and use audio-visual 'Pods', differentiated by exam board, approved by subject specialists and endorsed by industry leaders. We are based in the North East of England but we operate globally.

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  • IDL - Stand 20

    IDL was devised in the mid 1980s by educators working with the Starcross Educational Research Association. In 2012 a programme was funded by the Big Lottery called Lifting Barriers. This allowed IDL to be developed for use within a school environment in conjunction with SENCO leaders. Over a three year period IDL was placed in to 120 primary and secondary schools across the North West. IDL was required to show an increase in reading and spelling ages along with an increase in confidence and self-esteem for those pupils with dyslexia or dyslexic type difficulties. The results showed an average increase in reading and spelling ages of 11 months after only 26 hours use.

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  • Mighty Writer - Stand 59

    Mighty Writer is an exciting, visual teaching resource which simplifies the process of learning to write. It was created by Emma Ralph, a primary teacher of 17 years, based on her time-honoured classroom experience. Transforming the way children learn to write, this unique tool will fill your class with independent, confident and capable writers – almost overnight!

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  • Pentagon Play - Stand 5

    Providing School Playground Equipment since 1998. Worked on over 8000 school playground settings to create thriving educational outdoor environments.

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  • Phonic Books - Stand 16

    Phonic Books Ltd is a small company specialising in publishing decodable books for beginner and catch-up readers.

    The company was founded in 2006 by Wendy Tweedie, Tami Reis-Frankfort and Clair Baker, three special needs teachers passionate about teaching all children to read. Using their expertise they set about developing phonic reading books for young children and older, struggling readers.

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  • Nessy - Stand 2

    Nessy has been making fun, educational software for children since 1999 and has developed a reputation for exceptional quality. Nessy offers the complete dyslexia aware solution with a suite of multisensory products aimed at making learning to read, write and spell fun.

    Nessy is used globally by hundreds of thousands of teachers and students and is a 3 time winner at the prestigious Educational Resources Awards.

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  • Ruskin Mill Trust - Stand 24

    For over 30 years, Ruskin Mill Trust has provided Specialist Independent Education to children and adults with complex needs including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities. Their provisions offer both day and residential placements and applications are welcomed all year round.

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  • Scanning Pens - Stand 3

    Scanning Pens is one of the largest supplier of mobile scanners in the world, they represent many of the leading manufacturers of this type of technology.

    They are the exclusive suppliers of all C-Pen Education products, including the C-Pen Reader PenC-Pen Exam Reader and C-Pen Dictionary Pen.

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  • SEN Books - Stand 4

    SEN Books is a specialist bookshop with books and materials for students, teachers and parents. We have lots of titles on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyscalculia, DCD, Asperger Syndrome and Autism. 

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  • Thrive - Stand 27

    Whether you are a parent, carer or professional, the Thrive Approach can show you what to do, and how to be, with young people.

    The Thrive Approach together with Thrive-Online helps you give children and young people the tools to make the most of life’s opportunities.

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  • Young Epilepsy - Stand 60

    Young Epilepsy is the only UK charity dedicated to creating better lives for children and young people with epilepsy and related conditions.

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