This year’s annual AoC SEND Conference will be held in London on Wednesday 12 December. The conference will include a mixture of SEND policy updates as well as sharing innovative practice.

Key areas to be covered will include current concerns about high needs funding and the opportunity to hear about new ESFA high needs funding guidance, and also to hear about ways in which some colleges are managing to overcome some of their high needs funding difficulties and establish more effective joint working with Local Authorities.

In addition, it will address the issue of the increasing number of students who have been in Alternative Provision or home educated and how colleges can best support their needs.

Benefits of attending…

  • Hear a keynote address from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families
  • Discuss effective ways of working between local authorities and FE institutions
  • Share practice and approaches to RARPA with other colleges
  • Explore ways to deal with challenging behaviours in a positive way and leave equipped with a “tool Kit” of strategies to provide win-win situations for staff and students alike
  • Discuss with Ambitious about Autism how to best support students with Autism in college to access paid work experience, they will offer proven tips and techniques
  • Find out from Author Paul Bray on how to approach sex education for SEND students in college

What did previous delegates say? 

‘This was my first SEND Conference and I came away feeling even more determined and confident about making a difference to SEND students. I also felt that I am not alone and it was refreshing to talk to others from all over the UK and share experiences.’
Neelam Raju, SEND Manager, Coventry College

‘I felt the conference was really informative with a variety of speakers who informed but also enthused and represented the passion of people working in SEND. It is also a great opportunity to make new connections with colleagues across the country.’
Chris Wynne, Learner services manager, Portland College

‘The SEND AoC conference was well organised and guest speakers provided clear updates on new initiatives, current drivers, challenges in the sector and answered all questions posed to them. Excellent day – very motivational and great networking opportunities.’
Alison Eaglestone, Head of Supported Learning & Learning Support, United Colleges Group (College of North West London)

‘A fantastic conference to inform and help shape our thinking in the way we work. Excellent guest speakers and attendance from SEN colleagues enables thought and action to take place.’
Elaine Dale, Assistant Principal for Experience of Work and Head of Supported Learning, City College Norwich

 

Date

12-12-2018

Venue

ETC Venues – Victoria
1 Drummond Gate
Pimlico
London
SW1V 2QQ

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.
Free cancellation before Monday 12 November.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

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Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch wltith our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2616

Programme

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Speakers

Laura Kerbey

Founder

Laura Kerbey has been working with children and young people with autism and other associated conditions for over 19 years.
Laura worked as a lecturer in the Supported Learning Department of 2 large Mainstream Colleges teaching Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills and Childcare. She also worked as the Life Skills Co-ordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities. Laura was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.
In March 2013 Laura founded Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST.) PAST provides support to families who have children with autism and other associated conditions. As well as organising support meeting for parents, Laura works with children and teenagers with autism, providing emotional and behavioural support. Laura also works as an Educational Consultant working closely with schools and colleges providing training and advice to ensure that the needs of learners with autism are fully met. The autism training programmes that Laura has developed at Level 2 and 3 are accredited by The Open College Network (London Region) and recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF.) She has also written accredited training on Pathological Demand Avoidance.

Ben McConkey

Strategic Lead Inclusive Practice

I have 27 years experience in working with children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their circles of support. This has been in a variety of roles across education, health and social care, always with a view to promoting and facilitating people’s own voices.
I have a particular interest in inclusive education and the law, transition and person centred approaches. During the time I have worked at Weston College, our provision has been recognised as Ofsted outstanding and received two AoC Beacon Awards. One of these for Weston Bay, the college’s residential training centre for learners on the autism spectrum and the other for our Foundation Degree in Inclusive Practice developed in partnership with the University of the West of England. In 2017, we were awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize For Higher and Further Education for our pioneering approach to outstanding inclusive practice.

Ruth Perry

Policy Officer

Ruth Perry is policy officer at Natspec, the membership body for specialist FE providers. Her role includes support for members and continuous professional development for the wider sector, in particular in relation to quality improvement, curriculum, care and employability. Before joining Natspec, Ruth worked for 10 years as an independent SEND consultant, having previously taught in schools and worked for the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), where she was policy lead for Foundation Learning.

Laura Kerbey

Laura Kerbey has been working with children and young people with autism and other associated conditions for over 19 years.
Laura worked as a lecturer in the Supported Learning Department of 2 large Mainstream Colleges teaching Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills and Childcare. She also worked as the Life Skills Co-ordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities. Laura was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.
In March 2013 Laura founded Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST.) PAST provides support to families who have children with autism and other associated conditions. As well as organising support meeting for parents, Laura works with children and teenagers with autism, providing emotional and behavioural support. Laura also works as an Educational Consultant working closely with schools and colleges providing training and advice to ensure that the needs of learners with autism are fully met. The autism training programmes that Laura has developed at Level 2 and 3 are accredited by The Open College Network (London Region) and recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF.) She has also written accredited training on Pathological Demand Avoidance.

Ben McConkey

I have 27 years experience in working with children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their circles of support. This has been in a variety of roles across education, health and social care, always with a view to promoting and facilitating people’s own voices.
I have a particular interest in inclusive education and the law, transition and person centred approaches. During the time I have worked at Weston College, our provision has been recognised as Ofsted outstanding and received two AoC Beacon Awards. One of these for Weston Bay, the college’s residential training centre for learners on the autism spectrum and the other for our Foundation Degree in Inclusive Practice developed in partnership with the University of the West of England. In 2017, we were awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize For Higher and Further Education for our pioneering approach to outstanding inclusive practice.

Ruth Perry

Ruth Perry is policy officer at Natspec, the membership body for specialist FE providers. Her role includes support for members and continuous professional development for the wider sector, in particular in relation to quality improvement, curriculum, care and employability. Before joining Natspec, Ruth worked for 10 years as an independent SEND consultant, having previously taught in schools and worked for the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), where she was policy lead for Foundation Learning.

Exhibitors

Conference Sponsor

IT Providers

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Give students the confidence to read independently in and out of their exams! Scanning Pens provide reading aids for those with Special Educational Needs / SpLD as well as those wishing to improve their literacy. Scanning Pens is the world’s leading supplier of pen scanners. Our Exam Reader is JCQ approved and therefore NO Access Arrangements are required. Our pens have been successful in numerous schools and colleges in the UK!

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Recruitment Services

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As the UK’s leading provider of support workers to students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, we offer flexible services to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of students, support workers and universities, as well as supporting our partner institutions to ensure their services are compliant with the latest regulatory and legislative changes within the sector.

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Education Services

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Supported by the Department for Education we are the leading national programme promoting best autism practice in educational settings for children and young people aged 0-25 years. Our training, support and wider capacity building resources have been developed in consultation with leading autism experts, practitioners, parents and autistic people. Delivered through local and regional partnerships, our programme encourages communities of practice to promote ongoing support and sustained impact. In complementing Ofsted frameworks and teachers standards, the AET programme supports wider setting improvement planning and best practice.

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Education Services

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We are the government-backed, sector-owned workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector. Our professional membership body is the Society for Education and Training. T: 0203 740 8280 E: enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk W: www.etfoundation.co.uk Twitter: @E_T_Foundation

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College

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National Star is a Grade One Specialist College, with a national profile of excellence. Jane Finch, Head of Specialist Teacher Education, leads a team of SEND professionals delivering specialist SEND teaching and support work qualifications nationally. Bespoke training programmes delivered to meet your organisation’s needs, use tailored models of delivery and support. Jane is available in the Exhibition Hall to discuss the specialist training needs of your organisation or please contact jfinch@nationalstar.org for further information.

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e-Learning

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MindEd has delivered a series of successful e-learning projects. MindEd for Professionals and Volunteers comprises over 350 e-learning sessions covering many topics on the mental health of children and young people, aimed at anybody who works with children and young people. MindEd for Families is designed to support parents and carers with concerns about a child or young person. providing clear and interactive support and guidance in an easy to navigate format.

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Software Provider

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At Texthelp, we believe that literacy is every student’s passport to academic, social and professional success. It’s our genuine desire to help students understand, learn and express themselves. We create smart, user-friendly literacy and learning solutions, that provide the support each student needs; through reading, writing, STEM and research. Texthelp software continues to be used daily by millions of students and educators throughout schools, colleges and universities worldwide.

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