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nasen LIVE 2024 - Speakers

We're thrilled to confirm our speakers at this year's nasen Live event! Please see our session titles, description and speakers' bios below. This page will be regularly updated.

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Positively responding to increasing complexity in our mainstream schools – collaborative learning opportunities to inform strategic and systemic thinking

This workshop will explore the current context around pressures on mainstream schools due to the shortage of special school placement and how schools can collaboratively and positively respond as system leaders. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore terminology associated with ‘additional provision’ and relevant frameworks and guidance
  • To reflect on how To strategically use SEND data To make evidence-informed decisions
  • To explore the benefits and risks of running additional provision
  • To reflect on the conditions required To enable successful provision
     
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Amelie Thompson

Amelie is Assistant Director of Education - SEND and Specialist Provision at Greenshaw Learning Trust. Amelie has also worked as a SENCO and Deputy Headteacher with a focus on SEND/Inclusion. Prior to moving into Senior Leadership positions, Amelie worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher based in classrooms. Her practice has always been focused on the impact of Quality First Teaching in the classroom to support access to a broad, balanced, and meaningful curriculum for all learners. She is passionate about CPD with a particular focus on building opportunities to develop reflective practice. She was a Lead Author on Teacher Handbook: SEND.

Empowering Inclusion: Leveraging Technology for SEND Support

This session will explore cutting-edge technologies, like Microsoft Reflect and Reading Progress, to support SEND in education. Discover how videos, audios, and screen recordings can enhance inclusion, with insights from Stour Academy Trust's Inclusion and Digital Leads, empowering educators to create more accessible learning environments for all students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • In-depth Knowledge: Understand how specific technologies, can meet SEND requirements in primary education.
  • Practical Insights: Learn from real-world applications and case studies. 
  • Resource Access: Tips on implementing technologies and facilitating smoother adoption and integration.
  • Empowerment to Act: Leave the session equipped with strategies and confidence to apply new tools to support inclusion and enhance learning outcomes for students. 
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Antoinette Hamilton

Toni is the Digital Teaching and Learning lead at The Stour Academy Trust. As a teacher, Toni spent most of her teaching career driving the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. She is passionate about inclusion, accessibility and equitable learning opportunities for all children in the classroom and throughout education. Looking at ways technology can enhance this, to achieve best outcomes for educators and students. Toni is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Master training and ambassador for many technology communities, including Book Creator and happy to share ideas and ideas for Teaching and Learning on her X @ToniHammy

Positively responding to increasing complexity in our mainstream schools – collaborative learning opportunities to inform strategic and systemic thinking

This workshop will explore the current context around pressures on mainstream schools due to the shortage of special school placement and how schools can collaboratively and positively respond as system leaders. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore terminology associated with ‘additional provision’ and relevant frameworks and guidance
  • To reflect on how To strategically use SEND data To make evidence-informed decisions
  • To explore the benefits and risks of running additional provision
  • To reflect on the conditions required To enable successful provision
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Clare Belli

Clare is Head of Southampton Inclusion Partnership and Outreach Service, based at Springwell Special School in Southampton. She holds an MSc in Specific Learning Difficulties from the University of Southampton and an MA Ed in Special Needs and Inclusion from the University of Winchester. Clare is also Director of SEND for the HISP Learning Partnership and provides coaching, training and strategic support for SEND improvement across a range of schools within and beyond Southampton.

Inclusive Practice in action – learning beyond the classroom and a nature inspired approach

Sky Primary and Eden Project Nursery are developing a nature inspired, sustainability, climate wise connected curriculum which includes:

  • Core offer with reading, writing, maths – essential life skills
  • A sense of place – experiencing rich local history/traditions – local links, global connections
  • Real life,  relevant learning opportunities
  • A unique partnership with Eden Project

Learning Outcomes

This overview will explore the journey of this new school with a unique ethos in curriculum development.

Elements of the school’s curriculum structure will be shared to show how this approach encompasses an inclusive ethos across EFYS framework and national curriculum – breaking down barriers to learning outside the classroom and defining how we can create enriching, immersive and experiential offer to engage all children.

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Emma Vyvyan

Emma graduated from Cambridge University in 1998 and has been a teacher in mainstream primary schools, in Alternative Provision with both Primary and Secondary. After setting up the first Key Stage 3 Nurture Class in Cornwall she became Lead SENDCo across the Multi Academy Trust, ensuring that children and young people have opportunities to engage and make the best progress possible in their learning and emotional/social development. During her career she has developed her passion to develop the creative/outdoors opportunities alongside the academic curriculum, instilling a love of learning, curiosity, and positivity.

Emma is now Headteacher of Sky Primary and Eden Project Nursery, part of Kernow Learning Trust, a newly opened school with a nurture inspired, sustainability, climate wise connection with learning beyond the classroom curriculum. The school is currently based at the Eden Project, and the new school building will be in the heart of West Carclaze Garden Village, an eco development, and is a carbon net zero school.

Responding to greater complexity of need - how schools can respond in a measured and strategic way

Matt McArthur will explore how schools can respond to children presenting with complexity. He will challenge schools to reconsider how they approach teaching and learning, to accommodate an increasing ability range, and how high-quality, DfE funded resources and CPLD can support schools to grapple with these urgent issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • To articulate the increased complexity of need that we are experiencing in our schools. 
  • To reflect on how your current model of teaching and learning may need to adjust.
  • To learn how to strategically review and develop your SEND provision in order to enact your own school vision for responding to greater complexity of need.
     
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Matt McArthur

Matt McArthur is Assistant Headteacher at Frank Wise School in Banbury, a special school for children and young adults aged between 2 and 19. Matt currently teaches in both primary and secondary classes, and is the subject-leader for Numeracy. He was Director of Teaching School at the school for five years, and continues to support the Oxfordshire Teaching School Hub with SEND-specific strands of Continuing Professional Development, School-to-School support and Initial Teacher Training. Matt is seconded to Whole School SEND as the Deputy Regional SEND Lead for the South Central and North West London region, supporting in the delivery of the Department for Education’s Universal SEND Services contract. Matt enjoys cooking, keeping fit and reading, and is a committed life-long learner. He has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, and has recently finished his NPQH.

The Power of Collaboration: Making Inclusion Work 

This session will focus on how SEND leaders can develop effective collaboration to support inclusion and improve outcomes. It will consider:

  • Why effective collaboration in SEND is key
  • Strategic and operational collaboration
  • Practical ideas for collaborating with a range of stakeholders

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will have an opportunity to reflect on the purpose and principles of collaboration across schools and multi-academy trusts. They will hear about a range of practical ideas for supporting strategic and operational collaboration with other leaders, schools, families, multi-agency professionals and the wider community.

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Natalie Packer

Natalie is an Independent Education Consultant, specialising in SEND and school improvement.  She develops and delivers a wide range of training and support, including SEND reviews, to schools and multi-academy trusts. She works closely with several trusts to support their strategic development of SEND and is a trustee of Learn-AT in Leicestershire. She is an associate for national organisations nasen, Whole Education, Forum Strategy and Leadership Matters. Natalie regularly writes online articles for Optimus and The Key for School Leaders and is the author of The Perfect SENCO, and The Teacher’s Guide to SEN. 

Belonging, connectedness and school attendance

Feeling known, cared about, and valued plays a significant role in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people and ensuring that they attend school consistently. How can schools intervene early to support children and young people at risk of wellbeing related non-attendance?

Learning Outcomes:

In the session you will hear about:

  • The evidence about the causes and support strategies for school non-attendance
  • The role of school culture, systems, curriculum and staff in helping children feel safe and happy to attend
  • How to partner with parents and carers to support attendance
     
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Roisin McEvoy

Roisin McEvoy is the Head of Schools Training and National Programmes at Anna Freud. She leads the team of education and clinical experts who deliver professional learning and national programmes around whole-school approaches to mental health and wellbeing. She is a former teacher and school leader in London secondary schools.

Empowering Inclusion: Leveraging Technology for SEND Support

This session will explore cutting-edge technologies, like Microsoft Reflect and Reading Progress, to support SEND in education. Discover how videos, audios, and screen recordings can enhance inclusion, with insights from Stour Academy Trust's Inclusion and Digital Leads, empowering educators to create more accessible learning environments for all students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • In-depth Knowledge: Understand how specific technologies, can meet SEND requirements in primary education.
  • Practical Insights: Learn from real-world applications and case studies. 
  • Resource Access: Tips on implementing technologies and facilitating smoother adoption and integration.
  • Empowerment to Act: Leave the session equipped with strategies and confidence to apply new tools to support inclusion and enhance learning outcomes for students.
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Dr Stella Schâringer

Stella is a School Improvement Partner for The Stour Academy Trust. She leads on SEND and Inclusion and has a doctorate in this area.  
Stella actively promotes inclusive practice based on providing equitable opportunities for all through developing learning spaces in which all children feel a sense of belonging, improved accessibility and personalised learning approaches. Her experience in education includes working in pre-school settings and primary schools. Her current schools have specialist resource provisions for pupils with a primary need of Autism.

Stella is happy to share insights into SEND education and inclusive practice and welcomes visitors to The Stour Academy Trust Microsoft Show Case schools.

Positively responding to increasing complexity in our mainstream schools – collaborative learning opportunities to inform strategic and systemic thinking

This workshop will explore the current context around pressures on mainstream schools due to the shortage of special school placement and how schools can collaboratively and positively respond as system leaders. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore terminology associated with ‘additional provision’ and relevant frameworks and guidance
  • To reflect on how To strategically use SEND data To make evidence-informed decisions
  • To explore the benefits and risks of running additional provision
  • To reflect on the conditions required To enable successful provision
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Tina Harvey OBE

Tina Harvey has been the Headteacher at Perseid School in Merton for more than 25 years and is the joint lead of the Merton Special Training Association, a provider of specialist training and outreach. Tina has been a teacher for more than 30 years and, for three years until Summer 2018, was also the Executive Head of a local primary school. Tina holds a M.Ed in Childhood Autism from Birmingham University and has a particular interest in leadership at all levels, coaching teachers throughout their leadership journey and the teaching of PSHE.

Inclusive Practice in Action: Spotlighting successful education to employment transitions for individual with SEND

This session aims to share key learnings and future opportunities from ThinkForward UK’s innovative 5 year, in-school coaching programme – DFN-MoveForward funded by the DFN Foundation and Life Chances Fund, which has supported over 280 young people in London, Kent & the West Midlands who have learning disabilities and autism to transition into employment.

Learning Outcomes

  • For delegates to leave with a greater awareness of transition pathways for young people with SEND leaving school and entering employment
  • For delegates to hear about success stories of individuals who have forged their career paths through the support they received on the programme and what steps can be taken for their learners to achieve the same
  • For delegates to leave with practical pointers that they can action to support young individuals who are school leavers on their onward journey into EET destinations and how career conversations can benefit from even the earliest age
     
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Vincenza De Falco (Vinny)

Vincenza De Falco (Vinny) is a distinguished autism and learning disabilities specialist, fuelled by a passion for systemic change. As an influential leader and dedicated changemaker, she has amassed a wealth of experience across the third sector and various educational settings. Her areas of expertise include learning disabilities, autism, behavioural needs, supported employment, internships, and fostering employer engagement.

Currently, Vinny is a key member of the senior leadership team at ThinkForward UK, an organisation dedicated to providing comprehensive, long-term, holistic coaching to prepare young people for the workforce. She leads their supported employment initiatives, including the innovative 'Making Strides' programme.