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nasen Live 2020 Speakers

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

  • 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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  • Fiona Millar

    Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues. She went to school and university in London and started her career on the Mirror Group’s graduate training scheme in Devon. She worked on the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express, as a news reporter, political correspondent and freelance feature writer.

    Between 1997 and 2003 she worked at Downing Street as a special adviser . She now writes a column in Education Guardian and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy.

    In 2004 Fiona wrote and presented a film 'The Best for My Child' about parental choice for Channel Four.  Between 2003 and 2010 she was chair of the Family and Parenting Institute, a leading centre of expertise on family policy in the UK. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and in 2009 published a book about work life balance called 'The Secret World of the Working Mother'.

    Fiona has three grown up children and is chair of governors of a North London comprehensive school. She is also vice-chair of the National Youth Arts Trust and chair of the Young Camden Foundation.

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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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  • 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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  • Dr Helen Curran

    Dr Helen Curran is a Senior Lecturer in SEN at Bath Spa University. Helen initially trained as a teacher, holding the roles of SENCO and assistant head teacher. She later worked as a Local Authority advisory teacher in SEN and consultant. Helen’s primary area of research is SEN policy, particularly the role of the SENCO. 

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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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  • Professor Colin Diamond

    Colin Diamond has worked in education leadership roles for over 40 years including headship, LEA SEND Adviser, Director of Children’s Services and a senior civil servant. He is currently Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Birmingham. He is a trustee of the Inspiration East MAT and leads on inclusion.

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  • Kate Freeman

    Highly experienced speech and language therapist, previous I CAN Director, with proven track records in service development, delivery and innovative approaches with evidenced outcomes for children, Kate Freeman now works with local authorities, schools, settings, parents and practitioners to transform children’s lives through greater understanding and support for their needs.

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  • Julie Revels

    Julie is a highly regarded trainer and speaker and has a long established reputation in this SEND sector. She is an associate trainer and consultant for nasen and other national organisations.

    Julie’s background is rooted in understanding and meeting the needs of children with (SEND) with a specific focus on social, emotional and mental health.

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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 15

    Expertly written subject knowledge content alongside formative diagnostic assessment with scaffolded support for 27 subjects. GCSEPod works seamlessly on any device, optimised for online or offline; reducing teacher workload and allowing students to learn at their own pace. Teach, assess, monitor and engage with GCSEPod – The Netflix of educational content!

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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

    Winner of the Education Resources Awards 2018 for Best Primary Resource

    Mighty Writer is an innovative, multisensory resource. It transforms children’s literacy almost overnight, guaranteed! Its core age range is for 4-7 years, however it can be used with children of all abilities. It’s in 780+ schools in 37 countries.

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  • Pentagon Play - Stand 5

    Pentagon Play are an award-winning school playground specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with SEND professionals to create an SEN playground range unlike anything else on the market.

    Our team has the passion and experience to make a real difference to the lives of your children.

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  • Nessy - Stand 2

    Nessy is an online learning platform for reading, writing, typing and assessment. The Nessy approach uses unique videos to teach learning strategies, then motivates practice with games. Algorithms guide individuals onto the most effective path to success. Student activity is reported to the teacher so they can easily monitor progress.

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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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  • SEN Books - Stand 4

    Look out for our new Dyscalculia testing kit and book of solutions by Sarah Wedderburn.  We will be selling books from Egon Publishers; Sage; Speechmark; Jessica Kingsley and Hinton House. We supply practical specialist materials for dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and ASD. Make us your first stop for all your Special Needs.


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  • ADHD Foundation - Stand 19

    ADHD Foundation: The Nuerodiversity Charity is the largest user led ADHD agency in Europe,  credited with influencing policy and provision in the UK .

    We collaborate with charities, businesses and education providers , advising Government Department committees and providing consultancy and training for schools, universities, local authority commissioners and  clinicians.

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  • trugs - Stand 25

    trugs, “teach reading using games”, for Primary/Secondary, particularly KeyStage 2 and KeyStage 3.  Trugs is a catch-up reading resource.  Delivery is through playing card games with lots of fun and laughter.  The detailed phonic structure is easy to understand resulting in lots of incidental learning and improved reading.

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  • Picture News - Stand 23

    Teach children current affairs through Picture News

    We produce a pack full of teaching resources, which can be emailed, accessed on our website or sent to you in a colourful tube – every week!

    Our resources are designed to provide opportunities for children to learn from our world and develop respect for other’s beliefs, feelings and faiths. They encourage exploration, discussion, challenge and inspire children to learn!

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  • CPOMS - Stand 14

    CPOMS is the market leading software application trusted by over 11,600 settings for the monitoring, safeguarding and a whole range of pastoral and welfare issues.  Working alongside your existing safeguarding processes CPOMS is an intuitive system which ensures that all children, young people and adults are safe and fully supported. 

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  • Compassion Matters - Stand 1

    Compassion Matters is a free compassion learning programme for children aged 10–14 years old developed by the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion. We are focused on supporting children to understand that compassion and related concepts, such as courage, justice and happiness, are the key not only to a happier, more harmonious society but also to individual well-being.

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  • Pearson - Stand 6

    At Pearson we believe that everyone’s ability to learn is as unique as they are. 
    We offer a range of resources and assessments to help you identify and diagnose specific learning difficulties and disabilities in children and young people, so that each individual can get the additional support they need to succeed throughout their education. Visit us at stand 6 to learn more.

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  • Claro Software - Stand 38

    Claro Software develops technology, for people with print and reading difficulties like dyslexia. ClaroRead reads any text aloud so you can concentrate on content and meaning. ClaroRead’s many tools include screen tinting, word prediction and a dyslexia-friendly spell checker. Our software is available on Windows and Mac, we have a Chrome extension and our apps provide text-to-speech and other assistance on the move.

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  • School Improvement Liverpool - Stand 11

    School Improvement Liverpool are experts in education, with a firmly established reputation across the country. We offer schools a superior service, delivering  training and support across all aspects of SEND and inclusion via our experienced and trusted team, including NASENCO, Early Years SENCO, L2 SEND Early Years training and more . 

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  • Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd - Stand 39

    Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd is the exclusive source of training and consultation for PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. Both PECS and the Pyramid are evidence-based strategies. We also provide training and in-house support for communication, functional skill development and behavioural issues. We support families and professionals to improve the skills and lives of people with communication difficulties. Our philosophy emphasises the individual needs of each learner.

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  • Routledge - Stand 34

    Routledge is the world's leading research publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences and Education. Routledge Education publishes a wide range of books for pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers, including key textbooks by leading experts, essential resources for professional development, and cutting-edge monographs and handbooks.

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  • Autism Education Trust - Stand 37

    The award-winning AET programme helps educational settings and local authorities provide support to children and young people on the autism spectrum from 0 to 25 years of age. The DfE supported AET programme offers a 360 degree holistic approach including training, free-to-download resources and a set of standards and competency frameworks.

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  • Edge Hill - Stand 35

    Edge Hill University is based in Ormskirk in the North West of England, close to Liverpool and Manchester, and has a wide range of local and regional delivery centres throughout the country.  We are one of the leading providers of Postgraduate Professional Development across the whole school workforce and deliver nationally. When it comes to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion the Faculty of Education has an enviable reputation for outstanding professional development. 

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