SENCo Conference (Spring 2024)

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The Windmill Village Hotel
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SENCo Conference

Wonderfully Wired: Supporting significant and complex Needs Within a Mainstream Primary School

Led by Louisa McGivney, Lynn McCann and Laura Potter


When children with complex needs who are autistic are in a class of many other children, it can be difficult for a mainstream teacher to know how best to support them, especially when they find it difficult to access what you may be doing with the whole class.

Our three guest speakers for the day will share insights, strategies, resources and examples of how to meet individual needs through effective communication, organisation and sensory support whilst having good curriculum provision, even for those who may not be ready for the National Curriculum. The day aims to increase confidence for SENCos in providing an appropriate, inclusive and communication friendly learning environment.

DATE:Thursday, 1 February 2024

TIME: 09:30-15:30

VENUE: The Windmill Village Hotel, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AL

COST: £200 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:



Louisa McGivney is a specialist advisor, teacher and consultant in complex communication needs and Autism. She provides highly specialist support and guidance to schools, parents, services, key agencies and young people, to ensure neuro-diverse learners are given the opportunity to access an effective and successful education. Her work involves raising awareness of Autism as a spectrum condition; advising on, and modelling a range of differentiated accessible learning, communication, emotional and behavioural styles, appropriate teaching approaches, and relevant strategies.


Lynn McCann has been a teacher in mainstream and special schools for 32 years and set up Reachout ASC ten years ago. They are a team of specialist Autism, ADHD and PDA teachers who work with all sectors of schools to equip teachers to understand and provide a good education for  pupils. Lynn is committed to bringing the voice of the child into the heart of everything they do and working with the autistic community to understand what the school experience is like for our children. She is the author of 5 books for teachers, and a board game (The Waiting Game).  Her most recent books are ‘All About Autism – A practical guide for primary teachers’ and ‘All About Autism – A practical guide for secondary teachers’, published by Routledge.


Laura Potter is passionate about teaching and has been in the profession for 12 years across Key Stage1 and 2. She is currently a SENCo within a one-form entry mainstream Catholic Primary school situated within an area of social and economic deprivation, with high PP and above average numbers of SEN pupils. Laura is a proud ‘Brummie’ mummy to two beautiful but wild boys and is happiest when camping with family and friends, swimming in the sea, and when attempting to sing 90’s house classics in the car (like nobody is watching!).


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