This conference (my second as chair) went smoothly and was well received.
Thanks to Stephen Parsons, Anna Rhodes and various others for tweeting on the day, keeping all those unfortunate enough not to be able to attend in the loop.
The day opened with Christine Lenehan and Anne Fox who gave an animated and informative address 'Achieving the best outcomes for children and young people with SLCN in the reformed SEND system.' As at least 5 of the feedback comments said 'effective start the day - got everyone to the same place' and many others felt a 'Breath of fresh air! Open, honest/balanced, passionate and articulate, engaging, clear.'
This was followed by Professor Sue Roulstone with a session entitled ‘Seeking children’s perspectives: Responding to the SEND challenge.’ Many people commented with ‘Excellent! Thought-provoking and enlightening.’
After some refreshments we then chose workshops from Dr Rosalind Merrick (Speech & Language Therapist and Associate Tutor for the London Institute of Education, University College London), Amy Duck (Speech & Language Therapist), Pip St John (Consultant Teacher SLCN, Language For Life Partnership) and Allison Pickup (Year 4 classroom teacher and Language, Literacy and Communication Leader), Rachel Reid and Nicola Cuthbert-Brown (Paediatric Specialist Speech and Language Therapists) and Linda Lascelles (Chief Executive, Afasic).
There followed a buffet lunch and the GM
The afternoon was run by Marie Gascoigne and some of the schools she has been working with on the Balanced System for Schools. The comments were very varied but here are a few:
- brought the mapping tool to life (2)
- helped understanding how current practice can be mapped/ gaps identified /systematic (2)
- Great team of support from participating schools
- great to have real examples to illustrate how it's going in pilot schools (16)
- inspiring, lively 92)
- excellent (3) to explore the power of this tool which celebrates school ownership of desire to improve SDLC in outcomes for themselves in partnership with other workforce
- new to me that very motivated to find out more about this area
Thanks to all the committee for helping organise this year’s conference – in particular Pip St John who has put together the delegate folders and Derek Burgeon who has assisted in the headache over the finances. We have continued to work with Carol Lingwood who does the technical organisation of the conference so efficiently. We are running at a loss for this conference, a first in my memory, so will need to look at the reasons why and be careful in our planning for next year. However, plans are already under way for a day conference in 2016 at Aston (so the hot mid-day sit down meal will be back!!!) on April 23rd, so put the date in your diaries.
Glinette Woods (Chair)