The Strategy Summit

Building a community in SEND provision

Investigating multi-site provision across regions, local authorities, multi-academy trusts, clusters, partnerships and other groups of schools 

20th September, Church House, Westminster 


Following the success of the first Whole School SEND Summit in February, we are delighted to announce the Strategy Summit, which will focus on approaches to including and supporting learners with SEND across regions, local authorities, MATs, clusters and other groups of schools.

This event is for regional leads, Inclusion Leads, Directors of Inclusion, teachers, senior leaders, SENDCos, parents, trustees and governors. We ask that you are involved with SEND at a cross-school level and have a strong commitment to improving outcomes for learners with SEND.

Our aim is to strengthen our community of 4000 schools, leaders and advocates in order to develop thinking around cross-school inclusion and drive improvement nationwide. 



Sir David Carter National Schools Commissioner

Warwick Mansell Journalist and author of Education by Numbers: The Tyranny of Testing

Anita Kerwin-Nye Chair, Whole School SEND

Sarah Driver Founder, Driver Youth Trust

Malcolm Reeve Director of Inclusion, Academies Enterprise Trust


Interactive Workshops:

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair, Education Panel of the London Assembly)

Simon Knight Director, Whole School SEND

Rob Webster Director, MITA (Maximising the Impact of TAs)

Jackie Valin Headteacher, Southfield's Academy

Chris Rossiter Director, Driver Youth Trust

Adam Boddison Chief Executive, nasen

Michael Surr Education Development Officer, nasen

Timo Hannay Managing Director, SchoolDash

Lisa Ling (Director of Secondary, Whole Education)

Jacqui Verloren Van Themaat (Deputy Lead Family Inclusion Team and Specialist Lead in Education at Swiss Cottage School)

Tania Tirraoro (parent, author and CEO of Special Needs Jungle) and Renata Blower (campaigner, public speaker and journalist for Special Needs Jungle)

Dr Carol Robinson (Community Inclusion Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion)

Kiran Gill (Associate Fellow, Work and Welfare State, and Founder of The Difference)

More TBA


The event will also serve as a platform for showcasing the latest resources and opportunities from Whole School SEND, including a free SEND Review programme for MATs, a free professional development programme for national SEND Advocates and a range of cutting edge resources from Whole School SEND partners. 

Download the agenda here.

For directions to Church House click here.

For a list of hotels in the area click here.

Tickets are subsidised at £200. 

In line with our policy of maximising access to as broad a group of contributors as possible, we have bursaries available for those to whom cost may be prohibitive.


For more info get in touch: / 020 3096 7705.