Leeds City Council Primary and Secondary SEN 2023 Conference and Exhibition
Event Dates and Prices
Tuesday 16th May 2023
Inclusive Leeds: Shared ethos, high aspirations, actively removing barriers
Mondale Events and Leeds City Council are delighted to be organising this one day Conference and Exhibition. Head Teachers, SEN Co-ordinators and Intervention Managers from Leeds schools who have already signed up for SENCo networks and conferences package (SLA) are being invited to attend this popular conference.
The key note speakers this year will prompt delegates to think about what an inclusive mainstream education looks and feels like to children and young people with SEND. Rob Webster, University of Portsmouth, has conducted research on this subject and Lira Lewis, SpLD advocate, has the lived experience. They will encourage delegates to reflect on what schools can do to enable authentic inclusion.
Two staff per school are invited: head teachers, senior leaders or SENCOs for the morning session and SENCOs for the full day, including a range of workshops. Full workshop details are available here. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day together with a buffet lunch for those delegates staying all day.
Alongside the Conference, Mondale Events are delighted to have been asked to organise an exhibition where a range of companies and organisations supplying to both Primary and Secondary Education will be displaying their products and services.
This event is likely to be very popular and companies wishing to exhibit are urged to book their space as soon as possible. Please view the list of those exhibitors already participating and contact us using the form below, should you be a Company wishing to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote your activity in this marketplace.
Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road, Leeds LS11 0ES
Delegates are requested to register using the ‘delegate registration’ button to the left of this page and those SENCOs staying all day are asked to select ONE workshop in each of the two workshop sessions. Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and, in the event of a workshop being full, delegates will be asked to choose alternatives.
Leeds schools who signed up for the 2022/23 LCC SENCo networks and conference package are entitled to two complimentary places at this popular conference.
Throughout my life, I have come to believe that with hard work, determination and support from others, it is possible to overcome any barrier and achieve every dream you put your mind to. From age seven, I was diagnosed with severe dyslexia and did not learn to read or write until my late teens, as a result, I was bullied for my condition. However, I did not want that to be the end of my story or limit my opportunities in life so from 2014 to 2019 I completed the following programmes; the National Citizen Service (NCS) and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, to try and compensate for my lack of academic achievements. During this process, however, I realised I had a passion to encourage other young people and the programmes ignited a fire within me to stand up for others who did not have a voice.
This passion led me to be an ambassador for both programmes where I have spoken about my experiences at national and international events to inspire the ongoing work to provide opportunities for young people from all backgrounds. Currently, I have completed my integrated master’s in Marine Biology at Bangor University, I am also a board member of GO9 Social Justice Charity, which feeds families below the poverty line, and I am planning to publish my first poetry book in July to support our ongoing efforts. In everything I hope to achieve, I aim to be a good role model for the next generation in my local community, Leeds, and try to help build a world that is kinder.
Rob Webster is a Reader in Education at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he is also the Director of the Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy Unit. Previously, he was based at UCL Institute of Education, London, UK, where he was involved in a series of ground-breaking research projects relating to special educational needs, inclusion, and the role and impact of teaching assistants. Rob developed and led the award-winning Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants programme, which has been accessed by thousands of UK schools. He has also worked as a teaching assistant in mainstream and special schools.