Join us this week at The Schools Week Festival of Education and at nasen live!

A quick post to let you know about two brilliant events we’re involved with this week: The Schools Week Festival of Education and nasen live!

Schools Week Festival of Education July 6th

On Thursday 6th July, Special Needs Jungle is delighted to be organising the SEND strand at the Schools Week Festival of Education, at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire. The festival is over two days, but we are only there on day one, the Thursday.

If you’re planning to attend please stop by and collect some of our free resources, meet Tania and Renata and guests and learn something new!

Please especially join us first thing:

It would be brilliant if you could please show your support and join us, ESPECIALLY for our first session where three disabled young people, Giovanna, 23, who is autistic, has ADD and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Lilia,18, who has ADHD, and Dominic, 16, who has complex medical needs and is a wheelchair user, will be speaking about their experiences of education — in independent specialist, mainstream on SEN Support, and in a state special school respectively. They’ll be discussing what worked for them, what would have worked, and what definitely did not work.

There’s a lot of competition with many presentations but please do come and support them, and learn from the same kind of young people you want, as a practitioner, to support—and who you might see in your school every day.

The Disabled Young Person’s Panel at 13th Festival of Education is the first session of our strand. The others are:

Thursday 6th July09:30-10:15Disabled Young Person’s PanelDominic Blower, Giovanna Tirraoro, Lilia Blower
Thursday 6th July10:30-11:15How can we make mainstream schools more inclusive?Sophie Hall, Rob Webster
Thursday 6th July11:45-12:30The 7Cs of working with parentsRenata Blower, Tania Tirraoro
Thursday 6th July12:45-13:30Exploring the Intersectionality between Race and SEND: A call to action.Frances Akinde
Thursday 6th July14:45-15:30Panel: Attendance and children with SENDCath Kitchen, Renata Blower, Frances Akinde

Renata and I will also be presenting our 7 Cs of Working with Parents, including a series of scenarios you might find in a school with a child with SEND and their parents and we want to hear your ideas for ways of dealing with them, as well as offering our tips.

SEND expert, Frances Akinde, is speaking about Intersectionality and SEND, Frankie is also on the SNJ Intersectionality Panel. She is also participating in a session with Renata and Cath Kitchen on attendance for children with SEND and the issues this often presents. And SEND academics, Rob Webster and Sophie Hall will be talking about easy ways to make mainsteam schools more inclusive.

We will also have an array of printed resources to give away including our SEND system and annual review flow charts. So please try to make time in the day to come and see us, learn, and say hello!

We’re very sad Matt, who has been an integral part of our prep and was to co-present with us, is still too unwell to participate. We send him our very best wishes and know you will too.

Get your Festival of Education tickets here

nasen live! in Birmingham July 7th

On Friday 7th, my daughter, Giovanna is again joining me, speaking at nasen live! in Birmingham We’ll be speaking to Anne Marie Hassell, nasen’s CEO about supporting gender-questioning pupils with SEND. This comes from a place of lived experience for Giovanna, the person about whom this website was begun back in 2008.

Giovanna attended a mainstream primary and then a specialist school, before heading back, along with her older brother, to mainstream sixth form. Since then, as well as before, things haven’t been easy and I’m very proud that she has decided to participate in this event. I sincerely hope that, whatever your views, you will be kind and supportive if you are there. Giovanna is a talented video editor, a cosplayer and gamer and hopes one day to work as a presenter. If you know of any opportunities, please do get in touch.

Book your nasen live! tickets here

At both events, we will be happy to meet you, to chat, and listen to your experiences. We’d love to hear how you support young people with SEND and your own ideas about what works.

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