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National Conference 2020

A Question of Quality

Four people share ideas in one of the breakout rooms
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.

Workshops

Workshops run in four sessions, A, B, C & D.

You can pick one workshop or hot topic in each session. Workshops in session A are repeated in session B, and workshops in session C are repeated in session D, with the exception of workshop C15 New Estyn inspection arrangements: messages for specialist colleges in Wales which will run in workshop session C only.


Session A - Tuesday 19 May, 11.45

If our staff are our greatest asset, what should we be doing to look after their wellbeing?  Staff from Beacon Award-winning Weston College share their whole organisational approach to wellbeing, along with a range of straightforward low-cost solutions to promoting good mental and physical health for staff.

Workshop A2

This workshop will help you to consider how you can

  • get the right governors in place with sufficient understanding of your provision to know what good quality looks like
  • provide governors with the right information  /data to help them make judgements
  • empower and, where necessary, upskill governors so they are able to ask challenging questions.

Workshop A3

Ensuring quality at each stage of the learner journey

Using the learner journey as a route map, senior staff from a number of successful specialist colleges explore what ‘quality’ means at each of its different stages.

Not all young people with SEND will end up with a full-time paid job.  What other options for employment are there - and how do we help learners with more complex needs achieve these?  The answer lies in taking an individualised approach and thinking creatively about what it means to be involved in the world of work.  Come along and find out more about how that works in practice.

Workshop A5

Effective commissioning of post-16 SEND provision: findings from a Natspec / LGA research study

Delegates will have the chance to discuss the findings of a research study into best practice for local authority commissioning for SEND in FE, including

  • taking account of different travel patterns and catchment areas for further education
  • what support should be universally available, and what constitutes specialist services
  • how to achieve accurate cost and outcome comparisons of different types of provision across the post-16 sector.

Workshop A6

The impact of positive behaviour support on learning

An opportunity to hear about a range of practical positive behaviour support strategies and how these can be used to improve access to and engagement in learning.

Workshop A7

Keeping learners safe is one of our core responsibilities as learning providers.  This workshop covers the key areas to consider when it comes to safeguarding students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  It is aimed at professionals relatively new to the topic or at those who are more experienced but would welcome the opportunity to go ‘back to basics’.

Hot Topics

Session A

Delegates wishing to engage in more informal discussion rather than attend a workshop can stay in the main conference room. Here they will have a chance to debate a range of hot topics with colleagues. Discussion will focus on some of the issues most commonly raised on Natspec’s networking forums.


Session B - Tuesday 19 May, 14.30

If our staff are our greatest asset, what should we be doing to look after their wellbeing?  Staff from Beacon Award-winning Weston College share their whole organisational approach to wellbeing, along with a range of straightforward low-cost solutions to promoting good mental and physical health for staff.

Workshop B9

This workshop will help you to consider how you can

  • get the right governors in place with sufficient understanding of your provision to know what good quality looks like
  • provide governors with the right information  /data to help them make judgements
  • empower and, where necessary, upskill governors so they are able to ask challenging questions.

Workshop B10

Ensuring quality at each stage of the learner journey

Using the learner journey as a route map, senior staff from a number of successful specialist colleges explore what ‘quality’ means at each of its different stages.

Not all young people with SEND will end up with a full-time paid job.  What other options for employment are there - and how do we help learners with more complex needs achieve these?  The answer lies in taking an individualised approach and thinking creatively about what it means to be involved in the world of work.  Come along and find out more about how that works in practice.

Workshop B12

Effective commissioning of post-16 SEND provision: findings from a Natspec / LGA research study

Delegates will have the chance to discuss the findings of a research study into best practice for local authority commissioning for SEND in FE, including

  • taking account of different travel patterns and catchment areas for further education
  • what support should be universally available, and what constitutes specialist services
  • how to achieve accurate cost and outcome comparisons of different types of provision across the post-16 sector.

Workshop B13

The impact of positive behaviour support on learning

An opportunity to hear about a range of practical positive behaviour support strategies and how these can be used to improve access to and engagement in learning.

Workshop B14

Keeping learners safe is one of our core responsibilities as learning providers.  This workshop covers the key areas to consider when it comes to safeguarding students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  It is aimed at professionals relatively new to the topic or at those who are more experienced but would welcome the opportunity to go ‘back to basics’.

Hot Topics

Session B

Delegates wishing to engage in more informal discussion rather than attend a workshop can stay in the main conference room. Here they will have a chance to debate a range of hot topics with colleagues. Discussion will focus on some of the issues most commonly raised on Natspec’s networking forums.


Session C - Wednesday 20 May, 11.25

Workshop C15

New Estyn inspection arrangements: messages for specialist colleges in Wales

An opportunity to hear from Estyn on how their new inspection arrangements

  • will support quality improvement in further education and training for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • will impact on self-assessment for specialist FE colleges
  • links to ALN Transformation.

Workshop C16

Developing communication and raising aspiration for students with PMLD through intensive interaction

Helping young people with PMLD to communicate more effectively opens the door to a more fulfilled adulthood, greater agency over their own lives and more chance of developing meaningful relationships with others.  Learn how intensive interaction can benefit students with PMLD and hear the remarkable story from a parent’s perspective of how it helped her daughter in particular.  Come ready to participate!

Workshop C17

A coherent approach to behaviours of concern: assessing, preventing, managing, recording and reviewing

Colleges are enrolling increasing numbers of students who present with behaviours of concern, at the same time as ‘behaviour and attitudes’ becomes one of the four key judgements in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.  This workshop will help college staff and leaders reflect on and consider how to improve their whole organisational approach to behaviour.

Workshop C18

SEND and the law as it applies to post-16 students

This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to consider key aspects of SEND legislation and what these mean for students, families and colleges.  They will hear about latest case law and have the opportunity share good practice, discuss issues and raise questions with an expert in SEND legislation. 

Workshop C19

Successful partnership - working with local authorities at an operational level

Positive relationships with local authority colleagues make for smoother transitions for students, better financial planning and fewer headaches all round.  So how can we work effectively together?  This workshop explores practical tips and suggestions for partnership-working to make the business of assessment and admissions a less painful process for all involved.

TechAbility Standards are there to demystify assistive technology: everything from tools to training. The standards help you see what you are doing well and what needs to be improved.  This session will link the standards to resources and set leaders and practitioners on a path of technological enlightenment!

We have a proven track record of delivering measurable and significant improvements in assistive technology outcomes – expect to be challenged to do the same.

Workshop C21

Careers information, advice and guidance for young people with high needs

This workshop will help delegates understand what good quality CIAG for young people with high needs looks like. Colleges might choose to develop their own CIAG or to buy it in from an external provider.  Either way they need to have a clear idea of what constitutes a high-quality offer, including how to make CIAG meaningful for their particular students.  Delegates will also consider how to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to review and improve on their current approach.

Workshop C22

What makes your provision specialist? The critical role of therapy in interdisciplinary working

Delegates will consider

  • the value and role of therapies and their contribution to education for students with SEND
  • ways in which therapists can work together with teaching and support staff to plan provision
  • how to achieve an interdisciplinary approach which enables learners to achieve their outcomes.

Session D - Wednesday 20 May, 13.30

Workshop D23

Developing communication and raising aspiration for students with PMLD through intensive interaction

Helping young people with PMLD to communicate more effectively opens the door to a more fulfilled adulthood, greater agency over their own lives and more chance of developing meaningful relationships with others.  Learn how intensive interaction can benefit students with PMLD and hear the remarkable story from a parent’s perspective of how it helped her daughter in particular.  Come ready to participate!

Workshop D24

A coherent approach to behaviours of concern: assessing, preventing, managing, recording and reviewing

Colleges are enrolling increasing numbers of students who present with behaviours of concern, at the same time as ‘behaviour and attitudes’ becomes one of the four key judgements in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.  This workshop will help college staff and leaders reflect on and consider how to improve their whole organisational approach to behaviour.

Workshop D25

SEND and the law as it applies to post-16 students

This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to consider key aspects of SEND legislation and what these mean for students, families and colleges.  They will hear about latest case law and have the opportunity share good practice, discuss issues and raise questions with an expert in SEND legislation. 

Workshop D26

Successful partnership - working with local authorities at an operational level

Positive relationships with local authority colleagues make for smoother transitions for students, better financial planning and fewer headaches all round.  So how can we work effectively together?  This workshop explores practical tips and suggestions for partnership-working to make the business of assessment and admissions a less painful process for all involved.

TechAbility Standards are there to demystify assistive technology: everything from tools to training. The standards help you see what you are doing well and what needs to be improved.  This session will link the standards to resources and set leaders and practitioners on a path of technological enlightenment!

We have a proven track record of delivering measurable and significant improvements in assistive technology outcomes – expect to be challenged to do the same.

Workshop D28

Careers information, advice and guidance for young people with high needs

This workshop will help delegates understand what good quality CIAG for young people with high needs looks like. Colleges might choose to develop their own CIAG or to buy it in from an external provider.  Either way they need to have a clear idea of what constitutes a high-quality offer, including how to make CIAG meaningful for their particular students.  Delegates will also consider how to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to review and improve on their current approach.

Workshop D29

What makes your provision specialist? The critical role of therapy in interdisciplinary working

Delegates will consider

  • the value and role of therapies and their contribution to education for students with SEND
  • ways in which therapists can work together with teaching and support staff to plan provision
  • how to achieve an interdisciplinary approach which enables learners to achieve their outcomes.

Hot Topics

Session D

Delegates wishing to engage in more informal discussion rather than attend a workshop can stay in the main conference room. Here they will have a chance to debate a range of hot topics with colleagues. Discussion will focus on some of the issues most commonly raised on Natspec’s networking forums.


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