Axcis at the NAHT SEND conference

Dr Rona Tutt OBE

Dr Rona Tutt OBE

Last week, Axcis were proud to sponsor the annual NAHT SEND conference. With a host of notable speakers and figures in the SEND community, plenty of seminars and debates as well as fantastic networking opportunities, the event was a great success.

About Axcis and the NAHT

Axcis are proud to be affiliated with a number of core SEND charities and organisations. This goes some way towards demonstrating our ethos that to do well, we must do good. The NAHT hold a SEND conference each year, and Axcis are becoming a regular headline sponsor of the event. Here is what Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Past President of the NAHT has to say about Axcis and our sponsorship of this event:

“Axcis is not only the leading recruitment agency in the field of SEND, but has been a generous sponsor of many conferences, including NAHT’s annual Special Schools, Specialist and Alternative Provision Conference. This has enabled us to set a more competitive rate, making it viable for more than one person from a setting to attend. We are extremely grateful for their support.”

Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Past President

Marcus Orlovsky speaking at NAHT SEND 2016

Marcus Orlovsky speaking at NAHT SEND 2016

About the conference

The two-day conference kicked off with a networking lunch and a chance to meet exhibitors, which ranged from balance bikes to educational resources and sensory equipment (and of course us!) After that, there were some interesting fringe events, such as “Promoting positive wellbeing and mental health for girls on the autistic spectrum” and “Why communication training works“. Paul Williams, chair of the NAHT SEND Committee and Head Teacher at Shaftesbury High School in Harrow then gave a welcome address and general introductions to the delegates, and spoke about the importance of the SEND Committee and the work they do with the NAHT. Our very own director then talked briefly about Axcis before Marcus Orlovsky gave an entertaining yet thought-provoking talk, which included some very interesting statistics, such as

70% of the engineers who work at Google are on the autism spectrum

Marcus is a great speaker and has a rich, interesting history himself – if you are not familiar with his work, Google him – you’ll get plenty of hits!


The day continued with further workshops and debates. Barry Carpenter spoke about Mental Health and reminded us of the growing importance of this area for the children in our care and suggested plenty of useful resources, such as:




Day 1 then ended with a networking dinner, featuring Dr Rona Tutt OBE who spoke about “A year of chaos, crisis or challenge?”


Day 2 again started with exhibition viewing and networking opportunities before Russell Hobby, General Secretary for the

NAHT spoke about the hot topics arising from the specialist debates on offer. The workshops then proved again to be interesting as well as popular and useful, and the day was rounded off by David and Carrie Grant who spoke about “Team Child: all parties working together to get the best outcomes”. David and Carrie use their celebrity status to support many special educational needs and disabilities charities and events. We have huge respect for what they do and hope that they can inspire others to join the cause. After all, aren’t our children the most important commodity we have? And aren’t those with special needs or disabilities some of the most vulnerable in our modern world? We must do all we can to support them.

Are you interested in gettting involved with special educational needs and disabilities?

At Axcis, we have helped thousands of people who want to support children with special needs to find paid work. Whether you’re an experienced teacher or leader, or someone looking for their first classroom support role, we can help! One of our specialist consultants will talk you through the process, and help you to understand where your skills and experience would be best suited in the SEND sector. Once you are registered with Axcis, you could be out working the very next day in a school near you, so stop thinking about

Get involved today! Our teams are ready to help you.

Get involved today! Our teams are ready to help you.

helping and take action by registering or calling today!


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