Exhibitor Workshops

These popular, 45-minute exhibitor workshop sessions are a great way to see products in action, helping you to visualise how you could use them in your classroom or setting. These sessions are free to attend and cannot be pre-booked – so arrive early to get a seat.

These workshops take place in the SEN Workshop Theatre in the exhibition hall.

Friday 6 October

10.45  11.30

Appealing the content of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – top tips
Laxmi Patel, solicitor and head of education, Boyes Turner LLP
Find out how the appeal process works and what parents can expect. The aim is to empower parents with sufficient knowledge to help them prepare effectively for an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
Parents who want to appeal a decision to the tribunal, and professionals advising them

11.45 – 12.30

The complete classroom: from egg timers to eyegaze!
Carol Allen, education consultant, and Kerry Vacara, education specialist, Smartbox
This session will look at a range of tools that can be used to deliver the curriculum, covering low tech to high tech. We will look at the power of Grid 3 software as a classroom tool which, when combined with other resources, offers an engaging and accessible delivery of the curriculum with effective multi sensory teaching and learning.
SEND classroom, EYFS, KS1

12.45 – 13.30

Access Arrangements ’Reduce the workload’
Samantha Garner, education consultant, Scanning Pens Ltd
Ensure you meet JCQ regulations and the needs of the student using as little time as necessary. Learn time-saving tips and practical strategies to reduce the workload of access arrangements.

13.45 – 14.30

What is the relationship of nutrition / diet / supplementation in managing behaviour and in ADHD?
Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO, Do-IT Solutions Ltd, Equazen
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a debilitating behavioural disorder affecting the ability to function, learn and interact with others. Hear the latest science on how dietary supplementation with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids has an important role to play for those people with ADHD.
School leaders, teachers and support staff

14.45 – 15.30

LGfL’s inclusive resources to support learners with SEND
Jo Dilworth, SEN consultant, London Grid for Learning (LGfL)
Most London schools (97 per cent) use LGfL and have access to a huge array of inclusive resources and free training at no extra cost (see
http://www.send.lgfl.net). This includes Widgit symbols and worksheets, WordQ and SpeakQ assistive technology and more. Schools in more than 70 other local authorities that use TRUSTnet also have access.
Professionals working in or with London LGfL schools or TRUSTnet schools

15.45 – 16.30

Using formative assessment to identify and support pupils with barriers to learning
Mark Loveday, Senior Assessment Teacher, Chadgrove School
This session is aimed at SENCOs looking for standardised assessments to support them in identifying barriers to learning and planning, and implementing classroom interventions. We will discuss how the SEN Assessment Toolkit is an ideal and great value one-stop-shop for SEN assessments.
SENCOs – primary and secondary schools

Saturday 7 October


AET Autism Progression framework
Suzanne Farrell , education consultant and trainer, Autism Associates
This workshop aims to: enhance understanding of how the autism progression framework relates to the broader educational context; outline the content and key features of the framework; and give practical examples of ways in which the framework has been implemented in schools and services.
All key stages

11.45 – 12.30

National Professional Qualifications for leaders of SEN – come and find out more!
Mark Turner, managing director (Real Group) and educational and child psychologist, Real Group Ltd
This workshop will offer insight into the range of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) offered by Real Training. The wealth of benefits offered by the online NPQs will be discussed, as well as what to expect while completing the courses.
Teachers, leaders and headteachers who are interested in gaining an NPQ

12.45 – 13.30

Behaviour management techniques that work
Sheila Mulvenney, author and head of Virtual School for Children in Care, Attuned Education
Behaviour is a form of communication. Understanding why children or young people – particularly those who could be described as vulnerable – behave in the ways they do enables all teachers and school staff to develop effective strategies to manage the behaviour that can cause challenges in every classroom.
All key stages

13.45 – 14.30

Supporting young people with SEND/ALN to engage and access project-based learning opportunities through eTwinning and Erasmus+
Joe Baldwin, director of learner services at Bridgend College
Technology can unlock learning opportunities to enable young people with SEN and additional learning needs (ALN) to gain autonomy in their learning and life. We will explore how technology (including VR) can aid communication and enable learners with additional needs to engage in European project-based learning opportunities through eTwinning and Erasmus+.
KS3-4 and post-16 practitioners, careers workers and transition officers

14.45 – 15.30

How to gain QTS whilst continuing to work in your SEN school
Mike Jones, straight to teaching programme director at Tes Institute
SEN staff can face difficulties when trying to qualify as teachers. This workshop introduces an alternative route called Straight to Teaching, a professional development programme that prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status assessment while minimising disruption to pupils and the school. It can also help senior leaders meet their recruitment needs, invest in their staff and create a motivated workforce.