FestABLE - National Festival of Specialist Learning

Workshops

Discussions & Workshops

The current list of Discussions and Workshops to be held at FestABLE include:

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12.30-13.15 Celebrating Adam: A conversation with Zoe & Paul Bojelian

Speakers:

In 2010, Adam Bojelian won the Brit Writers Special Achievement Award. His mother Zoe continues to celebrate his life. At his first memorial service, NHS Confederation CEO Rob Webster described Adam’s poem ‘Leadership’ as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’.

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12.30-13.15 Experiential PMLD & autism workshop

Speakers:

An opportunity to explore the experiences & resources of a sensory environment, enabling learning & being, in a PMLD & autism teaching area. Looking at strategies for best practice including sensory processing & Intensive Interaction. Parents, carers, support workers
& learners will be able to see how students are taught at National Star. There will be experiential activities, video evidence supporting the work & a chance to discuss the practices with experienced & qualified practitioners.

14.15-15.00 Experiential PMLD & autism workshop

Speakers:

An opportunity to explore the experiences & resources of a sensory environment, enabling learning & being, in a PMLD & autism teaching area. Looking at strategies for best practice including sensory processing & Intensive Interaction. Parents, carers, support workers
& learners will be able to see how students are taught at National Star. There will be experiential activities, video evidence supporting the work & a chance to discuss the practices with experienced & qualified practitioners.

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11.15-12.00 Building the SEND workforce discussion

Speakers:

In the first part of an extended discussion, David Bartram chairs a panel including Simon Welch (National Star), Dr Helen Curran (Bath Spa University) & Anne Heavey (NEU), looking at how national policy has affected SEND training & development.

12.30-13.15 Building the SEND workforce: A strategy for the future

Speakers:

‘We now buy other people’s solutions to problems we barely understand in SEND,’ says Simon Knight. Jules Daulby, teacher trainer, chairs the second part of this extended discussion with Claire Dorer (NASS), they will be focussing on new ways of working & upskilling to tackle the increasing pressure on specialist provision.

14.15-15.00 Testing the water: assessment & SEND workshop

Speakers:

This LKMco workshop draws together findings from recent studies on assessment & the relationship between SEND & poverty. There will be an in-depth discussion of gaps in prioritisation of SEND, using case studies from specialist & mainstream settings. These will be placed in the context of research on teachers’ knowledge & development.

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11.15-12.00: Person-centred practice

Speakers:

Moving beyond tokenism – Micheal Surr (nassen) presents a solution-focussed approach to developing person-centred practice.

12.30-13.15: Education, Health & Care Plans: a new foundation or a near failure?

Speakers:

The Department for Education promised a person-centred & joined-up approach to identifying & meeting the needs of children, young people & their families, offering engagement & participation so that they have greater choice. Practitioners from the front lines reflect on the progress that’s been made & the changes that are still needed.

14.15-15.00: Governing with parents, carers and young people

Speakers:

With so many challenges over recent years & 10% of special schools predicting budget deficits, is the role of governor becoming professionalised? Can parents, carers & learners still have a voice in the governance of their school or college? This panel combines exceptional experience with huge passion & commitment to create the best outcomes for young people.

Stream 8

11.15-12.00: An Introduction to Lego-based therapy within a specialist setting

Speaker:

Lego-based therapy is an evidence-based social communication programme, originally developed for children with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder; however, we have experienced positive outcomes for individuals with a wider spectrum of communication difficulties. This session will outline the development & purpose of the approach, discuss how it can be adapted for individuals with more complex needs & provide practical examples of an adapted Lego-based therapy group.

12.30-13.15: Functional vision (assessment & strategies)

Speakers:

National Star has a student base with a range of visual difficulties. Visual impairments can be a result of ocular or cerebral damage & can significantly impact a student’s ability to engage in college life. The occupational therapists will discuss how they assess students’ functional vision & devise strategies to support visual engagement in the college setting.

14.15-15.00: Physio beyond the plinth

Speaker:

Have you ever considered what it would be like to suddenly suffer a life-changing injury necessitating hours of rehabilitation? Or what it would be like to require weekly physiotherapy for most of your life? Painful? Tedious? Boring? Exploring some of the alternatives to purely conventional physiotherapy illustrates how young people’s motivation & ability can be enhanced by reframing therapy goals. Case studies demonstrate what those with complex disabilities can achieve with a ‘slight’ change of environment.

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11.15-12.00: ResearchSEND: Journal Club

Speakers:

ResearchSEND was co-founded by Michelle Haywood & Professor Michelle Lowe, Institute of Education, University of Wolverhampton to promote the importance of research in meeting the needs of learners with SEND. ResearchSEND encourages teachers undertaking their own personal research, supporting their CPD & their interest in further study projects, for example a master’s degree. The Journal Club will discuss a different journal article in each session.

12.30-13.15: ResearchSEND: Journal Club

Speakers:

ResearchSEND was co-founded by Michelle Haywood & Professor Michelle Lowe, Institute of Education, University of Wolverhampton to promote the importance of research in meeting the needs of learners with SEND. ResearchSEND encourages teachers undertaking their own personal research, supporting their CPD & their interest in further study projects, for example a master’s degree. The Journal Club will discuss a different journal article in each session.

14.15-15.00: SOS!SEN parent workshop

Speaker:

Eleanor is widely respected as a trainer, speaker & advisor on children’s rights in education & the process of Education, Health & Care assessment. Here, Eleanor presents one of her very popular workshops for parents, providing essential information & expertise to support their journey through the system.

Stream 10

11.15-12.00: Listening through stories – Storyworlds Life workshop

Speakers:

This workshop explores ‘listening’ using stories, photographs & text. A common complaint about services is ‘they don’t listen’ yet professionals think they do listen. So what’s going on? What is it you want others to hear? What stops you from listening? How do your words, facial expressions or body language show that you’re listening (or not)?

12.30-13.15 Listening through stories – Storyworlds Life workshop

Speakers:

This workshop explores ‘listening’ using stories, photographs & text. A common complaint about services is ‘they don’t listen’ yet professionals think they do listen. So what’s going on? What is it you want others to hear? What stops you from listening? How do your words, facial expressions or body language show that you’re listening (or not)?

14.15-15.00 Listening through stories – Storyworlds Life workshop

Speakers:

This workshop explores ‘listening’ using stories, photographs & text. A common complaint about services is ‘they don’t listen’ yet professionals think they do listen. So what’s going on? What is it you want others to hear? What stops you from listening? How do your words, facial expressions or body language show that you’re listening (or not)?

Stream 11

10.00-10.45: TwoCan Theatre – Toucan performance

TwoCan has brought to life the colourful story by David McKee (the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant). The mischievous theatrical adventure integrates a creative use of sign language & audio description, making the story something for everyone to enjoy.

11.15-12.00: TwoCan Theatre – Toucan workshop

TwoCan has brought to life the colourful story by David McKee (the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant). The mischievous theatrical adventure integrates a creative use of sign language & audio description, making the story something for everyone to enjoy.

12.30-13.15: TwoCan Theatre – Toucan performance

TwoCan has brought to life the colourful story by David McKee (the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant). The mischievous theatrical adventure integrates a creative use of sign language & audio description, making the story something for everyone to enjoy.

13.30: Lunchtime special film screening – Special Needs: Failure to Educate

Speakers:
  • Imogen Harper
  • Philip Sime

The inadequate level of SEN support for children in schools is revealed in this documentary. MA Broadcast Journalism students, Imogen & Philip, speak to families, teachers & experts about the current problems & potential solutions. Central to this film is a consideration of society’s failure to understand & therefore support SEN children.

14.15-15.00: TwoCan Theatre – Toucan workshop

TwoCan has brought to life the colourful story by David McKee (the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant). The mischievous theatrical adventure integrates a creative use of sign language & audio description, making the story something for everyone to enjoy.

Stream 12

10.00-12.00: A celebration of summer

National Star led creative art children’s workshop. This workshop will involve making customised bunting, sun catchers & Mexican mirror pictures with National Star creative arts volunteer staff. Visit Art & Design to book.

10 spaces available on a first-come-first-served, booked on the day. Must be age 4+. Please note booked spaces do not include support.

14.15-16.15: A celebration of summer

National Star led creative art children’s workshop. This workshop will involve making customised bunting, sun catchers & Mexican mirror pictures with National Star creative arts volunteer staff. Visit Art & Design to book.

10 spaces available on a first-come-first-served, booked on the day. Must be age 4+. Please note booked spaces do not include support.

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