Special Event in honour of Penny Lacey - 13 May 2017
Special Event at Univ. of Birmingham in honour of Penny Lacey - 13 May 2017
Scruffy Targets, Meaningful Outcomes, Inspiring Legacy - Celebrating the life and work of Dr Penny Lacey
Location: School of Education (Building R19), The Vaughan Jeffreys Lecture Theatre
Date: Saturday 13 May 2017 (14:00-18:00)
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham is hosting an event to celebrate life and work of Dr Penny Lacey. You are invited to this open event to celebrate Penny’s remarkable contribution to the field of education, and in particular the education of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Swiss Cottage School directions
Swiss Cottage School Conference Centre Venue Information
Swiss Cottage School
80 Avenue Road
Phone: 020 7681 8080
The Conference Centre is on the top floor of the school building, with full lift access.
The school is next door to the new UCL Academy on the corner of Adelaide/Avenue Road.
Nearest underground station: Swiss Cottage, come out of exit one and turn left on to Avenue Road.
Nearest overground station: South Hampstead
Bus services: 46, 113, 13, 187, 268, 603, N113 and N13
Important travel information
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Please note there is NO PARKING ON SITE and very limited parking in the surrounding area, so we strongly advise you do not drive.
Our school has full disabled access and facilities. Please notify reception if you require any support during your visit.
Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary 2017 Tour in May
by The Sensory Projects
Locations and Dates:
- Winchester 8 May
- Bath 9 May
- Cardiff 10 May
- Milton Keynes 22 May
- Walsall 23 May
- Sheffield 24 May
The event starts at 0930h on each day.
Develop your sensory lexiconary and learn to use it to communicate with those who experience meaning in a primarily sensory way.
Everyone is welcome on these days but they are particularly suitable for:
- People who support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
- People who are looking to use sensory communication with individuals in the later stages of dementia.
- People who work with babies and children in the early years looking to develop their sensory practice.
- Creative individuals looking to develop sensory works to engage with sensory communicators.
- People who work in special schools or run groups that support students from special schools.
- People with a particular interest in sensory literacy.
Feedback from Sensory Lexiconary delegates 2016
"Totally inspirational: No one is too disabled to have a conversation" - Anne-Marie Glasby from Changing Our Lives
"Inspired and delighted by the sensory possibilities" - Circus Starr CIC
"Not enough superlatives to describe the experience" - Jo Bonney, Support worker extraordinaire
Delegates on the 2016 conferences included: teachers, portage workers, speech and language therapists, support workers, people from dementia care, people who support babies in the first months of life, staff members from CICs looking to support inclusion in society, social researchers, family members and more.
To access more feedback click here.
- Winchester 8 May - tbc
- Bath 9 May - The Percy Centre
- Cardiff 10 May - Chapter
- Milton Keynes 22 May - The Quaker Centre
- Walsall 23 May - Rushall Primary School
- Sheffield 24 May - Wilson Carlile Centre
Sign up at EventBrite here.
A Tribute to Penny Lacey
Penny Lacey - My Tribute
Penny's spirit is the spirit of humankind. It is still with us, and will remain in the ongoing influence of her achievements, and what she inspired in us. She always strove to open minds.
For our special children, she knew the reality of the barriers that their conditions presented. She was a force in eroding the inhibitions of medical models that saw only disability. She was truly an educationist and taught us to seek to find ABILITY and nurture it. There was an underlying humour in this lady from the university. Who else could have humanised the dry processes of 'target setting' as she did with the subversive idea of 'scruffy targets'!
She sought to encourage us to give our children great experiences and see them blossom. It was her mission to overcome barriers by gentle means. Her influence was contributory in enabling Keith Park to grasp the opportunity for our special children to participate in performing the bible stories in the awesome environment of Westminster Abbey. Awesome is the right word, for in that place words soar with the sounds and echoes, creating an experience where sensory meets spirit. But when the humour she loved in Keith's work also comes into play, spirituality overflows into joy.
It has been my privilege to participate with those people – children, parents, teachers and just passers-by. My privilege to hear them chant and raise their hands together, one of the songs we chanted included the words:
Love is the key
But where is the door?
The work of Penny Lacey helped many people “turn the lock and open the door”.
So, I am sorry that when this special event takes place I will not be there to share it with you. But I would like to send you some entertainment in the form of a video of an improvised counting session that I did un-planned on the floor in the school that Penny loved at Castlewood. I hope you enjoy it, because on it I believe you can see it was easy for me, even as a stranger, because her children have been taught to enjoy learning - what better tribute could there be to her philosophy .
All the best from Les Staves
Forum Presenters and Topics
Best of British Special Education
A two-day Forum
Dedicated to the memory of Penny Lacey
2-3 March 2017
Swiss Cottage School Conference Centre, London
22 Presenters – academics and practitioners
Two intense days of presentations and workshops, showcasing many aspects of special education.
This unique event covers innovation, good practice, challenging ideas - and whacky fun!
ABC of Contributors
Dr Adam Ockelford - Professor of Music, University of Roehampton
Andrew Colley - Lecturer in Special Education, University of East London
Ann Fergusson - Special Education Needs and Inclusion, University of Northampton
Dr Barry Carpenter, CBE OBE - International Education Consultant
Becky Lyddon - Founder of Sensory Spectacle, Sensory Integration, London
Carol Allen - Independent Education Consultant
Flo Longhorn - Principal Consultant in Multisensory Special Education, UK and Belgium
Hilary Wainer – Founder, TACPAC - Communications through touch and music
Jo Grace – Founder, The Sensory Projects, Consultant in Special Needs, Cornwall
Keith Park - Special Education Drama Consultant, London
Dr Jean Ware – Reader in Special Education, Bangor University
Les Staves - Very Special Maths guru, Leeds
Dr Lila Kossyvaki - Disability, Inclusion & Special Needs, Birmingham University
Lucy Allen & Hannah Underwood – Practitioners, John Fielding School, Lincolnshire
Dr Maria Robinson – Author and Early Years Consultant, Bedfordshire
Peter Imray - Special Educational Needs Consultant, EQUALS
Rachael Moat - Musician, Inventor of Vibro Tub, Manchester
Sarah Hall & Bev Williams - Willows Sensory Service, Solihull
Simon Yates - Head Teacher, Chailey Heritage Residential School, Lewes
Yvonne McCall - Head Teacher & Staff, Castlewood School, Coventry
A spirit in the room - the power of the special soul.
Autism in the world of SLD/PMLD – spontaneous communication.
A very sensory chocolate workshop - Yum, Yum!
Very special maths.
Attachment theory - issues around emotional development.
Bubbles! Toasting three new special education books to be published.
Call and Response ladies and gentlemen!
Changing children - changing schools? Special needs in the 21st century.
Communicating - in its widest sense.
Evolving a school ethos and way forward around the work of Penny Lacey.
Is inclusion for all, really for all?
Planning a PMLD curriculum using Penny Lacey’s philosophy.
Routes for learning – perspectives.
Sensory Spectacle installations.
Shaping the future of educational technology.
Sounds amazing - the Vibro Tub - vibrations and auditory stimuli through music.
Sounds of Intent – TACPAC - How Sense-Able are you?
The ‘Why?’ imperative: Turning assessment inside out.
The significance of the ‘Rochford Review’ on PMLD and SLD curriculum and assessment.