Together for Children Welcome Experts in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Annual Education Conference

TFC SEND Conference

Over 100 delegates including representatives from Sunderland Parent Carer Forum gathered at a conference that took place last week to hear from leading experts and to participate in a series of practical workshops.

In January 2019 the Department for Education recorded an increase for the third consecutive year in the numbers of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in England to 1.3m, representing 14.9% of the total pupil population.

Together for Children (TfC), which delivers Sunderland’s children’s services incorporates educational and school improvement services.

Speakers at this year’s annual SEND conference included Gareth Morewood, who has more than 25 years’ experience in education and 17 years as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

Gareth said: “I was delighted to be asked to share some of my experiences and collaborate with colleagues attending the event.”

Lynn Johnston and Rachel Dawber from North East Wellbeing brought extensive experience from primary teaching and outdoor learning as well as the Curious Beasts project that focuses on children’s social emotional wellbeing.

Rachel said: “We’ve seen children flourish through Wilderness Schooling, developing confidence and self-esteem that they then take into other aspects of their life, so it was great to share ideas with delegates.”

Special Educational Needs and Disability covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability that makes learning and engagement harder than for other children of the same age and it is estimated that around one in five children has SEN at some point during their school years.

Simon Marshall, Director of Education at Together for Children, said: “Our SEND Ranges guidance documents are designed to provide a transparent and graduated response to meeting a child’s needs. The process ensures that effective support and intervention is provided for children at the right time and resources are managed effectively.

“As the challenge to meet the needs of all our children increases it is important that we are able to design conferences such as this to share ideas and learn from the very best practice.”

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