About the conference

The Natspec National Conference takes place on 13 and 14 June, 2023. It is the go-to event for FE professionals who work with students who have EHC plans and/or are funded through the high needs system. This year, in order to accommodate more delegates, we have moved to an exciting new venue: The Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Recent months have presented the FE sector with considerable challenges: staff recruitment and retention; the cost-of-living crisis; rising energy bills and an extended period of uncertainty about government plans for the SEND system. Across our two-day programme, we will be reflecting on how to lead in difficult times: how to maintain and improve quality of provision, protect the learner experience and take good care of staff, including leaders having regard for their own wellbeing. 


We will also be looking to the future. Through the keynote and workshop sessions, the conference will provide you with aspirational ideas for developing your practice and provision. Come and find out about becoming a greener college, setting up social enterprises, taking on apprentices or co-location of general and specialist FE colleges. Learn how to adopt a coaching style of leadership, plan your specialist CPD offer, or design your sex and relationships curriculum. Check out the conference programme to explore the full range of learning opportunities on offer.


As always, there will be plenty of time across the two days to network with other SEND professionals and find out about new products and services offered by our varied range of exhibitors. You’ll also be entertained and informed by our student speakers and performers. We hope you will leave with an ambitious to-do list, new connections and greater enthusiasm than ever for working with young people with SEND.

2
Days
31
Speakers
2
Sponsors
43
Sessions

Sponsors

Program

Stages
Grand Ballroom

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

15:00

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18:00

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21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Keynote 1: Leading under pressure

10:30 - 11:30
Lynette Barrett
Clare Howard

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Keynote 2: Quality Improvement

16:00 - 17:30

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00

Drinks reception

19:00 - 19:45

Conference dinner and award presentations

19:45 - 22:00
Workshop Room 1

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

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15:00

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17:00

18:00

19:00

20:00

21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Effective self-assessment

11:30 - 12:45
Tracy Gillett
Bernie White

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Effective self-assessment

14:15 - 15:30
Tracy Gillett
Bernie White

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 2

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

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17:00

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19:00

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21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Target-driven Assistive Technology for independence and transition

11:30 - 12:45
Fil McIntyre
Neil Harrod-Beck

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Target-driven Assistive Technology for independence and transition

14:15 - 15:30
Fil McIntyre
Neil Harrod-Beck

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 3

09:00

10:00

11:00

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13:00

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22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Supported internships for learners with more complex needs

11:30 - 12:45
Lily Beyer
Julie Pointer

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Supported internships for learners with more complex needs

14:15 - 15:30

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 4

09:00

10:00

11:00

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22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Sex and relationships: offering the right support and advice to learners

11:30 - 12:45
Rod Landman Rod Landman

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Sex and relationships: offering the right support and advice to learners

14:15 - 15:30
Rod Landman Rod Landman

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 5

09:00

10:00

11:00

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21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Careers information advice and guidance for students with complex needs

11:30 - 12:45
Kelly Dillon
Hannah Wharton

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Careers information advice and guidance for students with complex needs

14:15 - 15:30
Kelly Dillon
Hannah Wharton

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 6

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

15:00

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17:00

18:00

19:00

20:00

21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Better together: co-location of specialist and general FE colleges

11:30 - 12:45
Viv Berkeley
Tracy Aust

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Better together: co-location of specialist and general FE colleges

14:15 - 15:30
Viv Berkeley
Tracy Aust

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 7

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

15:00

16:00

17:00

18:00

19:00

20:00

21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Using positive psychology to improve quality of life for learners and staff

11:30 - 12:45
Jo Price Jo Price

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Using positive psychology to improve quality of life for learners and staff

14:15 - 15:30
Jo Price Jo Price

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 8

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

15:00

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17:00

18:00

19:00

20:00

21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Becoming a greener college - practical steps towards sustainability

11:30 - 12:45
Mark Dale Mark Dale

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Becoming a greener college - practical steps towards sustainability

14:15 - 15:30
Mark Dale Mark Dale

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00
Workshop Room 9

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

13:00

14:00

15:00

16:00

17:00

18:00

19:00

20:00

21:00

22:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:00 - 10:30

Workshop: Valuing the student voice

11:30 - 12:45
Andrew Evans
Simon Welch
Katherine Cavill

Lunch, exhibition and networking

12:45 - 14:15

Workshop: Valuing the student voice

14:15 - 15:30
Andrew Evans
Simon Welch
Katherine Cavill

Refreshment break and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Break and room check-in

17:30 - 19:00

Speakers

Finola Allen
Finola Allen
Digital Communications Apprentice Homefield College
Tracy Aust
Tracy Aust
Principal West Thames College
Cheryl Barnes
Cheryl Barnes
Let's Talk Gender
Lynette Barrett
Lynette Barrett
Chief Executive / Chair National Star / Natspec
David Bates
David Bates
Transitions Manager Aurora Foxes
Viv Berkeley
Viv Berkeley
Director of Education Ambitious about Autism
Lily Beyer
Lily Beyer
Project Manager: Internships BASE
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Assistant Principal for Curriculum Ambitious College
Katherine Cavill
Katherine Cavill
Personalised Leaning Co-ordinator National Star
Paul Cook
Paul Cook
Principal Hereward College
Mark Costello
Mark Costello
Principal Aurora Foxes
Mark Dale
Mark Dale
Principal Portland College
Kelly Dillon
Kelly Dillon
Education Sector Manager The Careers & Enterprise Company
Andrew Evans
Andrew Evans
Learner Voice Co-ordinator National Star / Natspec
Tracey Forman
Tracey Forman
Principal Homefield College
Rebecca Gayden
Rebecca Gayden
Vice Principal Chadsgrove Educational Trust Specialist College
Tracy Gillett
Tracy Gillett
Director of Education Condover College
Neil Harrod-Beck
Neil Harrod-Beck
Assistive Technology Projects Lead Natspec TechAbility
Sherann Hillman
Sherann Hillman
Head of Family Services Seashell Trust
Anna Hewlett
Anna Hewlett
HR Manager Homefield College
Clare Howard
Clare Howard
Chief Executive Natspec
Rod Landman
Rod Landman
Regional Officer and Project Lead Association for Real Change
Ros Leach
Ros Leach
Head of College The Oaks Specialist College
Dawn Macey-Norris
Dawn Macey-Norris
Head of CPD National Star
Fil McIntyre
Fil McIntyre
TechAbility Manager and Assistive Technology Lead Natspec TechAbility
Jo Price
Jo Price
Bild PBS School Development Lead Bild
Julie Pointer
Julie Pointer
Programme Lead: Children and Young People NDTi
Jane Ragless
Jane Ragless
Chichester College Deputy Head of Learning & Coach
Simon Welch
Simon Welch
Principal National Star
Hannah Wharton
Hannah Wharton
Assistant Principal – Admissions, Engagement and Transitions Sense College Loughborough
Bernie White
Bernie White
Director of Education Seashell Trust

Exhibitors

Databridge
Databridge
NOCN Group
NOCN Group

Contact information