Improving the Educational Outcomes of ‘Children in Need’

Confirmed speakers:

  • Senior Representative, Department for Education
  • Sally Kelly, Chair and Headteacher, National Association of Virtual School Heads and Royal Borough of Greenwich Virtual School
  • Chris Rossiter, CEO, Driver Youth Trust
  • Kate Hall, Headteacher, Scotholme Primary and Nursery School 
  • Helen Simon, SEND Specialist and Associate Teacher, Helen Simon Associates
  • Carol Davidson, Headteacher, St. Cuthbert’s High School
  • Barney Angliss, Lead Project Co-ordinator, National Star
  • (Chair) Andrew Lagden, Education Consultant, Andrew Lagden Education Consultants Limited


Earlier this year the Government launched a review of support for children in need. Wanting to hear specifically from headteachers, designated safeguarding leads, special educational needs coordinators and educational psychologists, the review seeks to help understand why their outcomes are so poor and what further support they might require.

Recent research found that around six percent of all children were in need at some point during last year. Pupils in need are also much more likely to have special educational needs – 23 percent of all children in need are on an education, health and care plan or have a statement of SEND, compared to just 2 percent of all other children.

Attend this Westminster Briefing to hear a full update from the DfE, laying out their plans and priorities and how they will impact your setting. You will gain insight from sector leaders and award-winning case studies as to how best to respond to the changes and build the best provision for the benefit of your pupils. Through interactive sessions and practical workshops, ensure that you comply with the legal duty of care and learn how you can develop a reasonable standard of health and development for all pupils.


Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Overview of the Government’s plans for children in need and further support they might require
  • Collaborating effectively with LA services to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development for all students
  • Appreciating what makes a difference to the educational outcomes of children in need
  • Setting out a roadmap: understanding what works in practice to improve outcomes
  • Designing and delivering an appropriate curriculum to enable children in need to achieve their potential
  • Best practice: ensuring staff are aware and effective teachers of all children
  • A whole school approach to children in need
  • Making sure your implementation plan is evidence-based


The event:

The morning session will focus on recent and forthcoming developments in supporting children in need.

The afternoon session will build on this, focusing on individual experiences and examples of best practice, learning from schools that effectively improve educational outcomes and what more you can do in your setting.


Who should attend?

You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to: Headteachers, senior leaders, SENCOs, virtual heads, staff from local education authorities, school governors, and local, regional and national bodies and anyone involved or interested in improving their practice.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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