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National Conference 2020

A Question of Quality

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Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to announce that regrettably the Natspec National Conference that was scheduled for 19 and 20 May will not now take place as planned. All existing delegate bookings and invoices paid or sent out will be rolled forward to the conference when it is rescheduled, with a new date being planned for March 2021.

Conference programme

Day 1 - Tuesday 19 May 2020

09:45

Registration, refreshments & networking in the exhibition area

10:45

Conference welcome & introductions

Overview of conference theme: A Question of Quality

Clare Howard, Natspec Chief Executive will open the conference with an outline of the themes to be explored, the national context and the place of quality specialist FE provision in the wider landscape

11:15

Keynote session 1: When mental health & autism / learning disability collide

Gareth Morewood, Educational Advisor: Studio III

Q & A to the speaker

11:45

Workshop session A & hot topics

Choose EITHER one of the workshops from session A OR stay in the main room for the hot topic networking tables to discuss a variety of topics

13:00

Lunch & informal networking in exhibition area

Visit the exhibition stands, including Natspec's helpdesk staffed by members of the board

14:30

Workshop session B & hot topics

Choose EITHER one of the workshops from session B OR stay in the main room for the hot topic networking tables to discuss a variety of topics

15:45

Refreshment break & networking in exhibition area

Visit the exhibition stands, including Natspec's helpdesk staffed by members of the board

16:15

Keynote session 2: Multisensory impairment: the workforce and skills required for quality provision

Dr Liz Hodges, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, Lead Practitioner, Hertfordshire SENDAS

Q & A to the speaker

16:45

Building communities of practice: an opportunity to discuss approaches and challenges associated with different types of provision

Delegates will select a focus (e.g. learners with autism; supported internships; learners with behaviours of concern; PMLD provision; learners with sensory impairment; level 2/3 qualification-based provision; learners with complex health needs; pan-disability provision).  They will then come together as a group of professionals with a shared interest to

  • find out more about each other’s provision
  • discuss their successes and the challenges they face
  • consider how they might learn from and support each other in the future.
17:30

Break & room check in

19:00

Drinks reception

19:45

Awards dinner


Day 2 - Wednesday 20 May 2020

08:45

Registration for day delegates

09:00

Annual General Meeting: Natspec Members only

09:45

Welcome to day 2

09:55

Keynote session 3: Driving up quality in specialist FE

Clare Howard, Natspec Chief Executive & Ruth Perry, Senior Policy Officer, Natspec

10:55

Refreshment break & networking in exhibition area

Visit the exhibition stands, including Natspec's helpdesk staffed by members of the board

11:25

Workshop session C

Choose one of the workshops from session C

12:30

Lunch and networking in exhibition area

13:30

Workshop session D

Choose EITHER one of the workshops from session D OR stay in the main room for the hot topic networking tables to discuss a variety of topics

14:45

Keynote Session 4: What next for specialist FE within the wider SEND system?

Dame Christine Lenehan DBE, Director of the Council for Disabled Children

Christine Lenehan will update delegates on national SEND policy, and the implications for FE, and end the conference by posing a challenge to delegates to shape and strenghten the role for FE specialists within the wider system.

15:35

Conference reflections & closing remarks

Clare Howard, Natspec Chief Executive

15:45

Depart


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