Strategy Summit

September 20th at Church House, Westminster

The Strategy Summit was for regional leads, Inclusion Leads, Directors of Inclusion, teachers, senior leaders, SENDCos, parents, trustees and governors with a strong commitment to improvingoutcomes for learners with SEND.

It focussed on approaches to including and supporting learners with SEND across regions, local authorities, MATs and other groups of schools.

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

For a full programme click here.


We were delighted to host keynotes from the following:

Sir David Carter (National Schools Commissioner), 
Warwick Mansell (Education journalist and author), 
Malcolm Reeve (Dir. SEND and Inclusion for AET) 
and Sarah Driver (Founder of Driver Youth Trust)

These were followed by a series of interactive workshops delivered by leading voices on SEND and inclusion, including:

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair, Education Panel of the London Assembly)
Simon Knight (Dir. Whole School SEND)
Rob Webster (Dir. MITA)
Jackie Valin (Principal, Southfields Academy)
Chris Rossiter (Dir. Driver Youth Trust)
Adam Boddison (Dir. nasen) and Michael Surr (Education Development Officer, nasen)
Lisa Ling (Director of Secondary, Whole Education)
Jacqui Verloren Van Themaat (Deputy Lead, Family Inclusion Team and Specialist Leader in Education)
Tania Tirraoro (parent, author and CEO of Special Needs Jungle) and Renata Blower (campaigner, public speaker and journalist for Special Needs Jungle)
Timo Hannay (parent and Managing Director, Schooldash)
Dr Carol Robinson (Community Inclusion Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion)
Kiran Gill (Associate Fellow, Work and Welfare State, and Founder of The Difference)



The Strategy Summit represented the next step on from our current programme of work reviewing, sharing and embedding inclusive practice, including a growing community of more than 350 peer SEND reviewers across over 30 MATs and 68 Local Authorities and a wider network of more than 4000 schools, leaders and advocates across the UK. For more information on this work click here.

The event also served 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 including free copies of the new Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide.

Tickets cost £200 but, in line with our policy of maximising access to as broad a group of contributors as possible, bursaries were available for those to whom cost was prohibitive.

Coverage of the Summit:

The importance of showing off and 5 other things we learned at today's SEND summit - Helen Ward, TES

We Went To The Whole School Send Strategy Summit – Here Are 9 Things We Learned - Callum Fauser, Teachwire


A blog capturing feedback from the Strategy Summit is here.