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Annual SENCO conference: For SENCOs by SENCOs

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SENCO Conference

Independent SENCO Network: University of Sunderland

Convened by: Sarah Martin-Denham

The conference is free and will be hosted online via Teams.


  • 9:20: Welcome Susan Edgar, Head of School

  • 9:30-10:15: Sarah Martin-Denham and partners: ‘Let’s get SMART targets cracked’

  • 10:15-10:45: The value and purpose of practitioner enquiry: Sharing NASENCO award projects.

    Kimberley Graham: PACE (Playful, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) SEMH and Autism
    Peter Monaghan: Remote learning for Further Education learner with SEND
    Tania Watson and Imogen Dickson: The challenges of the SENCO role in the prison context

  • 10:45-11:00: Movement break

  • 11:00-11:45: Supporting Transitions: Getting it right.

    Claire Blackett, Hurworth House School: Supported transitions for children with social, emotional and mental health needs
    Lindsay Howells, Beacon of Light: Supported transitions for children excluded from school.
    Garry Freeman, supported transitions for children with autism

  • 11:45-12:30: Square Peg, Fran Morgan and Ellie Costello: Let’s talk about the barriers to attendance

  • 12:30- 1:00: Lunch

  • 1:00-1:45: Keynote: Capturing communication and language needs Johanna Butler, SENCO, Hopespring Education

  • 1:45- 2pm: Break

  • 2pm- 2:45: Showcasing effective use of technologies

    Richard Nurse, Picturepath - visual timelines and their importance in SEN education
    Karen Ferguson, Linrow Education, Using Wigit symbols

  • 2: 45: Thanks and Close



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