Did you miss nasen Live 2016? If so, find out what you missed here – including access to free training materials and industry updates from top professionals.
Axcis were again pleased to be a headline sponsor for nasen Live, the North of England’s premier Special Educational Needs (SEN) event for education professionals. The event provided the opportunity for all practitioners to refresh and update their knowledge, learn from evidence-based practice, access fantastic resources and feel supported throughout the coming year. Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, it was a brilliant event which gave us all plenty to think about.
Focus on SEND training
If you missed nasen Live this year, you may not have heard about the new training now on offer from nasen. Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice-led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.
The modules explore: high quality practice and what this means for SEND; the participation and engagement both of children or young people and of their parents and families; identifying needs and the role of assessment; the process for arriving at meaningful outcomes; meeting needs and how the cycle of assess, plan, do, review can be used to best effect. Focus on SEND training offers both online content and opportunities to carry out practical activities in your own setting.
Although it won’t make you an expert in SEND, it will help you to recognise your own skills and experience and use them to begin to unpick the needs of learners. Sign up today!
Visitors to nasen Live started off their day with FREE access to the Keynote Address from Andre Imich, DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser. Andre spoke about the latest developments in the industry as well as the challenges we currently face and how we can support each other moving forward. Throughout the two day event, there were then a range of other useful seminars on offer, and each day was rounded off with a Leadership Summit, hosted by a panel of experts.
The Axcis team especially enjoyed the seminar run by Rob Webster, a researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, where he leads a school improvement programme called Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants. He has worked on a number of research projects focusing on the use and impact of teaching assistants, including the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project and its follow-up study, the Effective Deployment of TAs project.
Rob co-directed the Making a Statement study and is now leading a follow-up study called the SEN in Secondary Education study, both of which focus on the educational experiences of students with SEN. Rob has published widely on the topic of TAs and SEN, including two acclaimed books: ‘Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants’ and ‘The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction’.
This years nasen Live exhibition was bustling with resources, materials and equipment for a range of SEND needs. On top of that, the networking opportunities were second-to-none, with many thought-provoking conversations taking place between industry leaders. Jackie Muggleton from South Gloucestershire Inclusion Support Services stopped by the Axcis stand for a chat as well as many other well-known figures from the SEND sector. As always, Axcis staff were happy to answer questions and offer recruitment support at a time when teacher recruitment is a growing issue for all of us. Many members of school teaching or support staff commented that they will certainly encourage friends to register with us when they need help to find those specialist SEND positions.
What else is coming up with Axcis?
This is the busiest year ever for Axcis, with the number of events we run/attend set to exceed 100. To find out what is coming up, why not check out our events diary?