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National Conference 2022

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Conference programme

Day 1 - Tuesday 21 June 2022

09:45

Registration, refreshments & networking in the exhibition area

10:45

Conference welcome & introductions

Conference Overview

Lynette Barrett, Natspec Chair and Clare Howard, Natspec Chief Executive, will open the conference with an outline of the themes to be explored during the conference.

Student input: Cameron Hall, Trinity Specialist College

11:00

Keynote session 1: The national context

Department for Education

The Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince MP, is now unable to attend but we will hear a recorded input from the Minister and also hear from Suzy Powell, DfE’s Deputy Director for SEND.

Q & A to the speaker

National issues for the wider Further Education sector

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, will update delegates about the economic and political issues affecting the FE sector as a whole, and the work that AoC are doing with government to address these issues.

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: Mainstream/specialist partnerships

Student input: Daniel Sulola, National Star College

Ruth Perry will then present a keynote featuring representatives from some of the GFE/Specialist College partnership projects that have been working throughout the year to explore how provision for students can be improved by joint working across mainstream and specialist providers.

Q & A to the speakers.

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

Dinner


Day 2 - Wednesday 22 June 2022

08:45

Registration for day delegates

09:30

Welcome to day 2

Lynette Barrett, Natspec Chair will open the conference

Student input: Amy Jude, Derwen College

09:45

Keynote session 3: Making sense of the new SEND system

A panel session exploring the detail of the SEND Green Paper and how the proposals within it could impact on FE provision for learners with complex needs. Dame Christine Lenehan DBE will present the context and intentions behind some of the proposals, while Wendy Rainbow , Legal Team Manager at IPSEA, will address the implications of changing the legal framework. Clare Howard will then chair a debate between Christine, Wendy and delegates from the audience covering whether or not proposals will benefit or adversely affect young people and specialist FE provision.

10:30

Workshop session C & hot topics

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

11:40

Refreshment break & networking in exhibition area

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

12:05

Keynote session 4: When mental health and autism/learning disability collide

Gareth Morewood, Educational Adviser at Studio 3 Training Systems

12:35

Lunch and networking in exhibition area

13:35

Workshop session D

Choose one of the workshops from session D.

14:45

The Natspec Awards Ceremony

The third annual Natspec Awards will be presented.

An opportunity to come together and celebrate - we will be announcing eight winners today, each of whom has demonstrated excellent practice in a different aspect of specialist further education.

This will be an opportunity to celebrate their achievements today and to promote continuous improvement and raise standards across our sector.

15:35

Conference reflections & closing remarks

Clare Howard, Natspec Chief Executive.

15:45

Depart


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