South West SEND Conference

High Quality Assess, Plan, Do and Review!

South West SEND Conference

Thursday 6th June 2019 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:00 - 16:15

The 2019 SEND Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for SENCOs and Leaders, across all phases, to update their SEN knowledge and improve the provision within their setting.

Through high-quality keynote speakers, the day will inspire delegates with a national SEND update and support delegates to evidence pupil progress effectively. Supporting workshops, and a closer look at the Graduated Response Tool, will encourage discussion and reflection on how to improve outcomes for pupils across a range of special education needs.

With keynote speaker Adam Boddison’s involvement, delegates will be treated to expert insight into the wider world of SEND through his experience as Chief Executive for NASEN. His work through this and other bodies provides an unrivalled experience across special educational needs and disabilities.

Key reasons to attend:

  • Share best practice and strengthen relationships
  • Opportunity to discuss and debate
  • Reflect on current practice
  • Network with colleagues from across the South West

Who Should Attend?

SENCOs from Primary, Secondary and Special Education, Early Years and FE Leaders, Headteachers, Inclusion Managers and other professionals working with pupils with SEND

About Adam Boddison

Dr Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. He is also the Chair of the Whole School SEND consortium, which is leading on the delivery of the government’s SEND Schools’ Workforce contract. Adam is a National Leader of Governance, Chair and Vice-Chair of two Local Authority primary schools and a Trustee at two Multi-Academy Trusts, which span primary, secondary and specialist settings. Adam is a Trustee of the Potential Trust, a member of the National SEND Forum and a Fellow of the RSA. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick and Academic Principal for IGGY (a global educational social network for gifted teenagers). He has published a range of mathematics books and is a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.

About Matthew Barnes

Matthew currently works on the leadership team of a large academy trust. Matthew has experience of leading section 5 and section 8 inspections in the mainstream and independent school sectors, including special schools. He has also led local area SEND inspections. Historically, Matthew worked as a headteacher in four settings and across two local authorities. He also has experience in two special school settings. Matthew completed a B.Ed. in English and Education, has National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), a Professional Qualification for School Inspectors (PQSI), has completed Ofsted's SEND enhanced training and is a trained Forest School leader.

About Jonathan Galling

Jon’s career in education began as a teacher in 1998, subsequently working in primary schools across Devon and Somerset, 10 years as a Headteacher. Jon delivers Babcock’s full range of training programmes, supporting schools with reviews, subsequent action plans (including their delivery) and governor training as well as bespoke advice and work. Jon works closely with colleagues across Babcock such as School Improvement and SEND as well as Devon County Council where he represents Education on a number of sub-groups for the Devon Children and Families Partnership.  

About Nikki Burroughs

Originally from Wales, I moved to Devon where I have been teaching for over 18 years, 15 years of which have been spent in the Special school sector. Wholeheartedly believing in education and that every child deserves the best I have followed my own aspirations into Leadership.

For the past 5 years I have been a member of the Senior Leadership team, the last 2 of which as a Deputy Head working across a Federation of 2 special schools (Ellen Tinkham School & Bidwell Brook School), spending time teaching in both. As a member of SLT I assist with the managing of and Leading the schools by contributing to management of initiatives in matters of whole school policy and promoting initiatives in respect of my own areas of responsibility ie. Curriculum and assessment.

I am also Teaching School Lead for our newly formed Teaching School Alliance and a mum to 3 young boys!

Conference Prices

Early bird price: £155+VAT (valid until 7th March 2019)
Full masterclass price: £205+VAT


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Outstanding! It costs a lot of time and money for staff to spend a day out of school - this was so worth it and still buzzing! If you have one day out in the year do this!

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