My presentation is all written and it includes some up to date information on the pathfinder trials for the SEN Green Paper for Surrey. What I've found is that those commentators outside the pathfinder really know little about what is actually happening within the workstreams.
Tomorrow, I'm off to a couple of meetings for the Surrey pathfinder, including the latest for the Education, Health & Care plan. We'll be reviewing a draft plan drawn up by the pathfinder lead, Susie Campbell who has collated lots of feedback from a previous meeting - quite an undertaking and I'm looking forward to seeing what she's come up with. Our feedback from Family Voice Surrey parent-carer forum was quite comprehensive.
Saturday's conference still has a few paces left and they can be boked online at http://www.wordswell.co.uk/tapf-conference-2012/booking.php
Among the keynote speakers are:
Clive Rawlings - Barrister - The Coalition Plan for Special Educational Needs: Cohesion or Corrosion?
Charlie Mead - Educational Psychologist - The Careless System
Martyn Sibley - Social Entrepreneur who has one aim 'To Change the World for Disabled People'
Jane Asher - Actress and President of the National Autistic Society
Delegates can also choose from a range of seminars including OT- Equipping young people with SEN and parents for Life After School; Differentiation in the classroom for children with autism; SLT - the SCAEP multi-sensory social communication skills programme; Getting Good Social Work Services; Implications of the Green Paper for Children with Dyslexia and Developing Communication Skills for Pupils with Down's Syndrome.
I'm really looking forward to meeting Debs Aspland, the chair of Kent parent-carer forum, who's delivering a presentation drawn from her experience as parent of a child with a diagnosis. We've built up a friendship via twitter and Facebook and narrowly missed meeting at the Labour SEN policy review meeting a few months ago. Social media is fab for making connections like this, especially as a parent of children with special needs, which can be socially isolating.
So, really hope to see you there if you can make it. And if you do, don't be shy and make sure you come up and say hello!