SENCo Conference 2022

(SENCo Network 2022-23)
Delegate price £180.00
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Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
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SENCo Conference

We will have 2 themes for our SENCo Conference this year…

The morning sessionThe Inclusive Classroom: A new approach to differentiation, making it work in your school led by Sara Alston

Sara will lead a morning of activities that will enable you to engage critically with some key areas of pedagogy from the book, which are at the heart of how to make our primary classrooms inclusive.

Sara will provide us with input based on the book to act as a stimulus for pair/group discussions. By engaging with colleagues, you will be able to look at and share ways to develop your school’s practice, so that it is workable and effective without overwhelming you or your staff.

Working through the five phases of the lesson, we will consider the tweaks and adaptions that will make a difference to your pupils. During the session there will be opportunities to develop a plan of support that you can share with staff back in school afterwards.

During the afternoonDistributed Leadership for SEND led by Kate Browning

Research suggests that leadership and management can be highly effective when it is shared by different individuals and is distributed across different levels in a school (Ofsted SIH Para 232). So, what does a distributed approach to the Leadership of SEND across a school look like and how can it enable improved access, participation and achievement for children with SEND across all aspects of school life?

This afternoon session will focus on the key features of a model of distributed leadership for SEND where every leader is a leader of SEND, rather than the SENCO being the sole owner of the SEND magic wand!

We will explore:

  • school’s senior leadership team and governing board and its role in setting the strategic direction and vision for SEND in their setting
  • the SENCO and Subject Leader working in partnership, ensuring the inclusivity of the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum offer
  • a strategic whole school approach to monitoring and evaluating SEND provision and practice; how well are we enabling children and young people with SEND to access, participate and achieve across all aspects of school life?

DATE: Friday 4th March 2022

TIME: 09:30-15:30

VENUE: Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LG (Please check venue website for travel information:

COST: £180 per person


Schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance – SENCO Network have 1 FREE place per school. 

Costs will be incurred for additional places and for schools that do not subscribe. Please contact us for details.


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:


Sara Alston

Sara is a practicing SENCo and an independent SEND and Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer with over 30 years teaching experience. As a consultant, she works to support schools that are lacking SENCo capacity, as well as working with schools to develop outstanding SEND practice.  She conducts TA, SEND and Safeguarding Reviews and provides training for a range of SEND and safeguarding issues.

Sara’s book, co-authored with Daniel Sobel, The Inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to Differentiation was  published in January 2021. She writes regular articles and blogs, including for Teach Primary, Headteacher Update and The Key.  She has also written a number of online courses including for  Inclusion Expert and UK Parliament Education Service.


Kate Browning

Kate is our SENCo Network Leader and she is a well-regarded lead professional both locally and nationally in school improvement for children and young people with SEND. She has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, SENCo, Local Authority School Improvement Officer for SEN and interim Education Development Officer for NASEN, where she supported the delivery of nationwide training on the SEND Code of Practice with the DfE.

Kate now works with Teaching School Alliances, MATs, Local Authorities and individual schools to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND across the primary and secondary phase. She teaches the National Award for SEN Coordination and facilitates a number of SENCo Networks across the midlands. She is a lecturer for the University of Warwick PGCE programme and has delivered key note speeches and seminars at many conferences and events such as The Education Show, NASEN Live, TES SEN, Optimus, SEN South West. She is an Associate Consultant for NASEN, an expert advisor for The Key and Chair of Governors of a large junior school.

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