Virtual SEND Conference Programme - 22nd March 


Time Session
9:15 Chair's Welcome
Dale Pickles - Managing Director, B Squared
9:30 Change to the School Inspection Framework and the implications for SEND
Jane Friswell - SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate
10:15 The National SENCO Workload Survey
Hannah Moloney - SENCO & Dyslexia Specialist
10:45 Q&A
11:00 Break/Networking
11:30 Current policy developments for supporting children and young people with SEND
Lorraine Petersen OBE - SEND Consultant
12:00 Lunch/Networking
13:00 Effective Assessment for pupils with SEN
James Waller - Deputy Head Teacher at Sunningdale Teaching School Alliance
Developing a whole school approach to supporting positive mental health
Dr Asha Patel - CEO & Clinical Psychologist, Innovating Minds CIC

Funding for SEND - making the most of what you have got*
Jane Friswell - SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate *credit to Kate Browning for helping to develop the content for this presentation.

Supporting Learners with ASD in the mainstream classroom
Helen Ralston / Hannah Clements - Ambitious About Autism
15:00 Supporting children and young people with dyslexia in mainstream settings
Neil MacKay CEO - Action Dyslexia Training & Consultancy
Practical high-impact strategies for supporting children with SLCN in EYFS
Angharad Welch - Find the Key Speech and Language Therapy
16:00 Chair's Closing Remarks
16:15 Close



Dale Pickles Managing Director, B Squared

Dale has over 20 years of experience in pupil assessment. He works with schools all over the UK to help deliver best practice, reduce teacher workload and help schools move forward with assessment.

Dale has spoken at conferences such as The Autism Show and TES SEN Show, he has written articles for Education Technology and regularly hosts B Squared's webinars discussing issues such as "What is 'good' progress?" 

Click here to go to the B Squared website


Lorraine Petersen OBE Educational Consultant

Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a Teacher and Headteacher.

From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with SEND. She worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership and UKTI, not to mention being a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous national and international events and conferences .

Click here to go to the LPEC website


Neil MacKay CEO, Action Dyslexia Training and Consultancy

Neil is a freelance consultant and trainer with over 26 years experience as SENCO and school leader, working with children with a wide range of ages, needs and ability.  He works internationally and is known for his ability to bring the classroom into his training and for providing lively,  entertaining and thought provoking opportunities  for teachers and teaching assistants to reflect on and develop their practice.

Click here to go to the Action Dyslexia website


Dr Asha Patel CEO & Clinical Psychologist, Innovating Minds CIC

Innovating Minds leads the field in providing specialist psychological support for young people in education, training and employment. Over the past three years Asha and her team have been working within schools to implement a whole school approach to positive mental health. She has helped senior leadership teams shift from a punitive to a therapeutic approach to ensure children and young people are supported to achieve their aspirations. 

Asha is a columnist for Education Today magazine and Keele University made her their psychologist of the month in October 2018. 

Click here to go to the Innovating minds CIC website


Helen Ralston Headteacher, The Rise School

Helen trained to teach English via Teach First, enjoying a range of roles: KS3 coordinator, HoD, AHT for Achievement before securing her dream SLT role: AHT Learning and Teaching. Passionate that all staff should be empowered and proactive in developing their own practice and relishing every opportunity to talk L&T, Helen enjoyed that role for several years before moving to become a DHT and then Headteacher at The Rise School in Feltham for pupils between 5-19 with autism.

Click here to go to the Rise School website


Hannah Clements Assistant Headteacher, The Rise School

Hannah has worked within both mainstream and special educational school settings, training staff to enable them to provide teaching environments that allow pupils with Autism to thrive and achieve their potential, both academically and socially. In addition, Hannah has worked with two local authorities to set up units for pupils with Autism.

Now an Assistant Headteacher at The Rise School for pupils with Autism, aged 5-19, Hannah has implemented and embedded the model of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support as a multi-tiered framework to achieve academic and social outcomes for all pupils.

Click here to go to the Rise School website


Angharad Welch Find the Key, Speech & Language Therapy

Angharad Welch is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist, having qualified in 2004. She splits her time between working in NHS services and developing her own therapy business ‘Find the Key Speech and Language Therapy’. Angharad is skilled in working with children with feeding and communication difficulties associated with a range of complex learning and physical needs.

She works with parents, in hospitals, and in both mainstream and specialist settings. Angharad’s work involves working with babies through to teenagers, but she particularly enjoys working with children, families and settings at EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2. Angharad is an experienced trainer and is currently delivering training on behalf of ICAN in association with nasen.

You can contact Angharad at


Hannah Moloney SENCO & Dyslexia Specialist

Hannah is a qualified and practicing SENCO of a 2-18 school, a dyslexia specialist teacher and assessor and an experienced senior leader. The creative behind the National SENCO Workload Survey 2018 and the charity Generation CAN, she is passionate about improving the working experience of SENCOs nationally, as well as shifting perceptions and awareness about what children and young people with SEND are capable of.

To find out more about her projects, please visit and


Jane Friswell SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate

A former SEN Head Teacher, with significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane is now Director of SEND Consultancy. An innovative support agency for those working in SEND specialising in leading effective strategic review of provision for children and young people with SEND, which commissions co-productively with young people with additional needs to effect improvement at local level.

Jane is Co-founder of SEND Radicals a collective of free-thinking, experienced and motivated leaders who are committed to creating positive change for young people with SEND.


James Waller Deputy Head Teacher, Sunningdale Teaching School Alliance

James has worked with young people with learning difficulties for the last 17 years. He has spent his teaching career in both Primary and Secondary phases of education specifically working with children with Moderate, Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Autism. He is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Sunningdale School, an Outstanding provision in Sunderland for pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

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