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Support for Learning Inaugural Conference - Enabling Access: Champions, Challenge and Change

  • Online
  • 12 Apr 2024 (09:15 - 13:00)

Welcome to this online conference. It is an opportunity to hear from practitioners and researchers about their work in supporting learners with SEND. The presentations highlight the opportunities and challenges for the sector, with special emphasis on ‘close-to-practice’ enquiry. Each provides opportunities for dialogue with the speaker and a network of interested colleagues. It is hoped that this inaugural Support for Learning conference will become an annual event, enabling those involved in SEND and Inclusive Education to share their research-informed ideas and practices.

You can view the agenda below or download by clicking the attachment.

Choose either Breakout A or Breakout B then Breakout C or Breakout D


9:15 Welcome and overview of the programme: Annamarie Hassall MBE CEO nasen, Philip Garner (Editor-in-Chief Support for Learning)

9:30 ‘Small successes make it worthwhile’: The rewards and challenges of being a SENCo: Carla Solvason (Assistant Editor)

10.00 -11.30 Presentations

Breakout room A Breakout room B

Angela Hodgkins, University of Worcester

Cultivating empathy and compassion in supporting young children with additional needs and their families

Kate Howell, University of Portsmouth,

Heather Green, University of Chichester

Towards a Transition Framework- What does a successful primary to secondary transition look like for students with SEN?

Melissa Green and Claire Malcolm, The Open University

“Ain’t I a Mother?": Stories of Black Mothers navigating the UK education System on behalf of their autistic children

Suleyman Naci Kalay,
Brunel University London

Exploring Inclusive Approaches in Gifted and Talented Education: Challenges and Insights for Primary School Teachers in England

Jenny Hunt, Erdington Academy

What are some of the ways that mixed ability groupings can help support the development of students with SEND?

Siobhan Dawson, University of Central Lancashire

Fostering Inclusion: Supporting Post-Compulsory Trainee Teachers to Develop SEND Inclusive Classrooms

11:30 - 11.45 Comfort Break

11:45 - 12.45 Presentations

Breakout room C Breakout room D

Daniel Jones and Heather Green, University of Chichester

International School Teachers’ Perspectives on Inclusive Education in Lusaka, Zambia

Chris Williams, Chatta

Using audio-visual scaffolding to support students in overcoming working memory, sequencing, and processing challenges

June Douglas, St. George’s University, Grenada

Education and Ghettoized Voices: A Deficit Ideology of Poverty in The Caribbean

Oliver Fox, The Down Syndrome Development Trust

How can enriching social interactions increase well-being in young adults with Down Syndrome?

12.45 – 1pm Evaluation and closing remarks

Followed by optional ‘Support for Writing’ session with Philip Garner


Suitable for: Other, A parent/carer, Administration Staff, Adminstrator, Assistant Head Teacher, Consultant, Deputy Head Teacher, Early Years Practitioner, Education psychologist, Governor, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, Newly Qualified Teacher, SENCO, Senior Leader, Student, Support staff, Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Young person

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