5 Reasons you should attend nasen Live

Get your CPD training request submitted now! The best FREE SEND exhibition of the year is coming soon!


nasen Live 2014 was a huge success

nasen Live 2014 was a huge success

Do you work with SEND children in a special or mainstream school? Are you always seeking better ways to work with them and ideas for resources and learning materials? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you should check out nasen Live in Bolton on the 20th and 21st May.


Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs. Nasen reaches a huge readership through its journals: British Journal of Special Education, Support for Learning, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs and the magazine Special. Nasen also offer fantastic training and support materials through the SEND Gateway – all this makes them perfectly placed to put together an event that will have something useful for everyone. So, if you are a SEND professional and don’t currently plan to attend nasen Live in May, here are five reasons why you should reconsider:


1 – FREE ENTRY – Most exhibitions and conferences charge for entry. Nasen Live will have plenty to offer delegates who just want to have a look round and pick up some ideas for their SEND practice.


2 – Cheap training/seminars/talks – Rather than charge you a huge price for the day and include all the seminars, Nasen have opted to put you in the driving seat. Pick and choose only the sessions which appeal to you. Priced from £14 to £17 each, there is sure to be a seminar which appeals to you but won’t break the bank! At Axcis, we have had a look at the programme and think these are some of the TOP PICKS to grab tickets for before they fill up:


Seminars 2, 6 and 7 on Wednesday


Seminar 2 – Progress checks between the ages of 2 and 3 (Sian Campbell – Regional Manager of Best Practice) – This seminar is aimed at early years and foundation stage professionals, and explores  the statutory requirements for completing progress checks alongside parents and other professionals and introducing you to the criteria Ofsted use to judge the effectiveness of practitioner assessments which are made against the prime areas of learning in the EYFS. The session will then explore the role of the practitioner in supporting early identification of special educational needs and/or disabilities. It will look at the responsibilities of practitioners to develop effective working relationships with other professionals and services, partnerships with parents and support for children and their families to make the transition to the next stage of learning and development.


Seminar 6 – Finished at School – the transitions to education and training after school for young people with autism (Yola Jacobsen, Head of Training and Development, Ambitious About Autism) – This seminar is aimed at secondary and post-16 SENCos, transition leaders and senior practitioners. The aim of the two year Finished at School programme was to improve transition and develop the college offer, particularly for young people with complex autism. Four college-led hubs each worked with local secondary schools, young people with autism, parents and carers and local authorities to strengthen pathways from school to further education. This seminar will provide an insight into how this has been achieved and provide some guidance for practitioners.


Seminar 7 – Back to basics and into the future: Choice from chocolate to eye gaze technology! (Carol Allen, School Improvement Advisor (ICT and SEN) North Tyneside City Learning Centre) – This seminar is aimed at primary and special school level, including PMLD and will discuss the importance of offering choice in all areas of education, leisure and life.  Delegates will  be invited to consider how best to manage choice effectively and how we, as educators, evaluate what information can be gained from activities involving choice. How do we make and download personalised choice apps for individual students and how can we ensure fair choice when a student has visual difficulties? We will look at how technology can contribute to this valuable work including recent developments with eye gaze technology.


27, 28, and 30 on Thursday


Seminar 27 – Preparing for Adulthood – Planning for Life (Linda Jordan, Regional Support Lead – Preparing for Adulthood) – this seminar is aimed at all staff, but more specifically secondary and post-16 and will discuss key messages about what is known about supporting young disabled people to move into adulthood with jobs, independent lives, friends, relationships and community and good health. This evidence base is essential for writing good outcomes in EHC plans, building on person-centred planning to discover young people’s aspirations.


Seminar 28 – Multi-agency session (Natalie Franklin – Hackett, Frederick Bird School) – This seminar is aimed at KS1, and KS2 Leadership, SENCo, Mentors, Family Support Workers and TAs and looks at the importance of setting up whole-school systems to ensure that vulnerable children and families are supported; enabling progress and empowering families to develop positive working relationships with school staff. We will explore the systems put into place to allow children and families to be identified, and how outside agencies are within the system to provide a framework to offer the support needed.


Seminar 30 – Who are you and what can we do to help? (Lisa Morgan, Professional Director at the Communication Trust – This seminar is aimed at SENCos, Heads and Support staff working with all ages and brings together key developments around identifying and supporting children and young people with SLCN.


To book your place on any of these seminars, or see what else is on offer, you can see the full programme here.


3 – Free publications – We love a freebie! Free publications being offered include:


  • SENCO guidance for supporting teachers in implementing the graduated approach of SEN Support (only at this show)
  • Limited-edition comprehensive nasen Live Show Guide – exclusive for delegates
  • Brand new mini-guides covering a range of current SEND topics
  • SEND update
  • Finished at School Guide
  • TA guidance


4 – Free attractions – the free attractions on offer include:

  • nasen theatre CPD sessions,
  • An essential code of practice update from the DfE,
  • SENCO surgeries,
  • Award winning and trusted exhibitors with an excellent range of products, services and resources,


5 – Axcis! We will be there too!

Come and say hi at the Axcis stand. We'd love to speak to you!

Come and say hi at the Axcis stand. We’d love to speak to you!1

As proud sponsors of the event, we will be running a stand all day. From candidates seeking work in SEND schools, to school managers in need of help to recruit their next talented SEND specialist staff, we will be there to help. Axcis are market leaders in SEND recruitment and proud of our reputation and ethos that “to do well we must do good“. We are pleased not to be “just another agency” – but rather the trusted, professional SEND specialists that we are. We’d love to talk to you so stop by and say hi!


So, what are you waiting for?


I hope I have shown why nasen Live will be such a great event, so get online now and register for your FREE Fast track entry badge. We’ll see you there!

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