Join our unmissable SEN Conference London

Join our unmissable SEN Conference London

Tuesday 24 April, 09:00 - 15:15

At a time when 14.4% of pupils have special educational needs, 82% of headteachers don’t think they have sufficient resources to support their SEN pupils. With ever-increasing budget constraints, come along and ask our panel of experts how they support pupils with barriers to learning.

Join our one-day SEN Conference to:

  • Hear an update on the latest SEN policies and how SEN provision may look like in five years
  • Learn how academisation is affecting SEN provision
  • Make the most of your budget
  • Ask our panel of SEN experts that burning question during a 30-minute Q&A session

The event will provide vital information and advice to ensure that your school is able to provide best practice for its SEN pupils. 

Tickets for the conference cost £50, which is redeemable against your next purchase over £200. Book below. 

Event Dates

Date Price
24 April 2018, 09:00 - 15:15 £50.00 + VAT Book

Speakers include:

Dr Adam Boddison

Chief Executive for nasen

Adam holds responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity.  Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and as West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme.  In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects. 

Lorraine Peterson OBE

Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance
Governor at Chadsgrove School

From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was the CEO of nasen and prior to that held a number of teaching posts within mainstream schools in Sandwell, West Midlands. She completed her 25 year teaching career as head teacher of two very diverse primary schools.

She has been involved in a number of projects with many agencies including the Department for Education (DfE). She has also been a chair, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Since November 2013 Lorraine has worked as an Independent Consultant supporting schools and local authorities to successfully implement the SEND reforms.

She is a Governor at Chadsgrove School and is currently the Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance. Lorraine was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2009.

Mark Loveday

Assistant Headteacher and Head of School Support and Outreach Services at Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance

He leads a multi-disciplinary team providing specialist teaching and health services across Worcestershire. He is a Specialist Leader of Education (SEND) and draws upon many years of experience of working as a teacher, SENCo, leader and specialist teacher working with a range of children and young adults with a variety of additional needs. He has worked across all Key Stages from Early Years through to Post 16 in a variety of settings including mainstream, specialist provision and hospital settings.

Nancy Gedge

Consultant Teacher, Driver Youth Trust 

Nancy is an experienced primary school teacher and has worked as a teacher specialising in SEN in a mainstream primary school in Gloucestershire for the last four years, with a focus on literacy and behaviour difficulties. She also worked as an end of KS2 writing assessment moderator for Gloucestershire County Council.

Nancy is an award winning writer, winning the first TES Teacher Blogger of the Year Award in 2015 for her blog, the Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy, where she chart life and education with her son, who has Downs syndrome.

She is also a regular features writer and columnist for the TES and Teach Primary magazine and her first book, Inclusion for Primary School Teachers, published by Bloomsbury, was released in May 2016.

Pat Hunt

Director of Governance, Safeguarding, SEN and Children’s Services

Academy Transformation Trust


With over 30 years’ experience in education across all phases, Pat is the champion of vulnerable pupils including pupils with special educational needs and looked after children at ATT. Experienced in school leadership, school improvement in local authority and leading Ofsted inspections, Pat now develops and manages safeguarding and special educational needs in ATT academies.

Tom Bennett

Independent behaviour advisor to the UK Department for Education, and founder of researchED

Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. Since 2013 researchED has visited three continents and six countries, attracting thousands of followers. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy. He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was long listed as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Bloggers’ list. His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times. He currently lives in London where he keeps bees and solves crimes that Scotland yard can’t crack.

What you'll learn...

  • About SEND policies and SEND provision
  • How acadamisation is affecting SEN provision
  • How to avoid exclusions
  • Making the most of your budget