Join our unmissable SEN Conference Manchester

Join our unmissable SEN Conference Manchester

Wednesday 08 November, 09:00 - 15:15

At a time when 14.4% of pupils have special educational needs, 82% of headteachers don’t think they have sufficient resources to support their SEN pupils. With ever-increasing budget constraints, come along and ask our panel of experts how they support pupils with barriers to learning.

Join our one-day SEN Conference to:

  • hear an update on the latest SEN policies and how SEN provision may look like in five years
  • understand how you can help children suffering with mental health difficulties
  • learn how academisation is affecting SEN provision
  • listen to a parent’s view on how the Children and Families Act is working
  • ask our panel of SEN experts that burning question during a 30-minute Q&A session

The event will provide vital information and advice to ensure that your school is able to provide best practice for its SEN pupils.

Tickets for the conference cost £50, which is redeemable against your next purchase over £200.


Location and Speakers


the studio... 51 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN

Pat Hunt
Director of Governance, Safeguarding, SEN and Children’s Services
Academy Transformation Trust

With over 30 years’ experience in education across all phases, Pat is the champion of vulnerable pupils including pupils with special educational needs and looked after children at ATT. Experienced in school leadership, school improvement in local authority and leading Ofsted inspections, Pat now develops and manages safeguarding and special educational needs in ATT academies.

Natasha Devon
MBE, writer, campaigner & pundit.

She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She regularly gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. Natasha is co-founder of the Self Esteem Team ( and of charity Body Gossip ( She is also a Fellow of the University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them on campus wellbeing. In 2015 Natasha was awarded an MBE for her services to young people. Natasha has authored several books, writes regularly for the Guardian, is a former columnist for the Independent and Cosmopolitan Magazine and currently has a weekly column in the Times Educational Supplement. In 2016, the Sunday Times and Debrett’s named Natasha one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

Lorraine Petersen OBE
Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance
Governor at Chadsgrove School

From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was the CEO of nasen and prior to that held a number of teaching posts within mainstream schools in Sandwell, West Midlands. She completed her 25 year teaching career as head teacher of two very diverse primary schools.

She has been involved in a number of projects with many agencies including the Department for Education (DfE). She has also been a chair, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Since November 2013 Lorraine has worked as an Independent Consultant supporting schools and local authorities to successfully implement the SEND reforms.

She is a Governor at Chadsgrove School and is currently the Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance. Lorraine was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2009.

Alison Wilcox
Head of Education - nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs)

Alison Wilcox worked for many years as a primary teacher before taking up a post with Birmingham Local Authority as an advisory teacher for SEN, working with schools and settings to develop their provision for children and young people with SEN in general, and those with learning and cognition difficulties in particular.

The advisory post encompassed a wide variety of responsibilities, working both at school level and at an authority-wide level in securing best practice for SEN, raising standards through school improvement and providing educational advice for individual children and young people. Achieving a leadership position within this team, Alison then contributed directly to colleagues’ continuing professional development within the field. Alison joined

Alison joined nasen in November 2014 as their Education Development Officer (EDO) and is now their Head of Education. She contributes to the strategic direction of the Association; working to make the vision of securing the best possible outcomes for children and young people a reality. The role includes being responsible for production of educational materials, resources and training, connecting with members and other education colleagues at events and within seminars, providing professional advice and guidance, as well as working directly with schools and settings wherever possible.

Jules Daulby
Senior Consultant - Driver Youth Trust

Jules Daulby is Senior Consultant at the Driver Youth Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the educational chances for learners with emerging literacy and SEND. She has over twenty years’ experience in education first as a teacher of English and Drama in secondary schools and later as Parent Partnership Officer for Dorset’s Local Authority. It is here where Jules realised the importance of working with parents and ensuring they have a voice in the decision making processes in schools.

Book your place at the Manchester event

Book your place at the Manchester event

Booking terms and conditions


Your school/establishment will be invoiced for payment prior to the event.

Substitutions, cancellations and refund policy

Substitutions welcome at any time. Written cancellations made two weeks before the conference date will be subject to a full refund. Written cancellations made one week before the conference date will be subject to a 50% +VAT refund per ticket. Cancellations made less than a week before the conference date cannot be refunded. All cancellations must be made in writing to GL Assessment reserves the right to alter the programme without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. We also reserve the right in our absolute discretion and without further liability to cancel the programme in which all monies will be refunded.

What you'll learn...

  • SEND policies and how SEND provision
  • How academisation is affecting SEND provision
  • How you can help children suffering with mental health difficulties