We were very proud to sponsor nasen Live 2017 last week – the day was a great success all round, with plenty of seminars and talks, loads of useful resources, products and services – and all the tea and biscuits we could handle! Here are some of the highlights if you didn’t make it this year…
Professor Stephen Hawking CBE talking DME
Professor Stephen Hawking CBE opened this years event by giving an introductory speech via video link. I think I speak for everyone present when I say we all felt privileged to hear from such a highly respected individual. He spoke about DME (Dual and Multiple Exceptionalities). This was the overarching theme for this years event. DME is when a child experiences high learning potential alongside a special educational need because of a learning difficulty or disability. This introduction was followed up by a talk later in the day from Professor Diane Montgomery who explored practical guidance for practitioners around DME.
SEMH and Inclusion
Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs are high on the agenda at the moment, with news articles cropping up almost daily around the issue. Debbie Simmons from PLACE2B gave an insightful talk about some of the key issues in mental health and well-being for school leaders. Issues around mental health were also echoed by Professor Barry Carpenter when he talked about Autism in Girls later in the day. Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Natalie Packer and Kate Browning also talked about Inclusion, giving some practical strategies for secondary practitioners, as well as a discussion around making assessment inclusive for all SEND learners.
ITIDE – FREE SEND resources not to be missed!
Later in the day, there was a launch of the new ITIDE resources. The ITIDE is a three year project (2014-17) led by Leeds Beckett University. It is a €400k strategic partnership involving organisations from five countries. Their remit was to develop a suite of SEND Training Materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties. These materials are now available for all to see/use. Find out more on their website, where you can choose suitable modules for any particular areas you need support in, or you can plan an entire study route using their simple tools. They have also released their training materials via an app which you can download to your smart phone or tablet. This really is an essential set of resources for all staff who work with SEND, so do make sure to take a look.
Useful products and services
The exhibition hall was, as usual awash with interesting and useful SEND products and services. From phonics books and practical
classroom resources to SEND training courses and consulting services, there was surely something for everyone. Delegates moved from talk to talk with arms full of leaflets, mugs and goodie bags, and of course the odd Axcis Andy Bear! Mat and Sara on the Axcis stand spoke to lots of people about how we could help with their SEND recruitment needs, and many people dropped by the stand with their completed crossword – keep an eye on our social media pages where we will shortly announce the winner of the £100 shopping voucher!
All in all it was a great day and we look forward to being involved again when nasen Live 2018 comes around!