“The Best of British Very Special Education: Bridging the void between the past and future”
at Swiss Cottage School, London
The Forum is dedicated to baby Sara, new life, and to the charity New Hope Village, Western Orissa, India
Programme Day One - Thursday, 28 November 2019
Main Presenter - Flo Longhorn
9 30 am - Welcome and Overview: Flo Longhorn, special needs consultant and author; Alison Pettitt, mother and special needs teacher at Hillside Specialist School & College, Preston
- Dedication of the Forum to new life Sara and remembering Timmy and Michael.
9 50 am - “Pushing curriculum boundaries within a school: why, how and what?” – Ellen Croft, Vice-principal, Director of Teaching School, Ash Field Academy, Leicester
10 30 am - “Sensory processing disorders: interoception, internal sensations and behaviours” – Becky Lyddon, Founder, Sensory Spectacle
11 00 am - Coffee Break and a visit to the Workshop room with Clare Hobson, Creative Art Teacher and Deputy Head, Ysgol Clug Glas, Swansea, Wales; Sarah Hall and Beverley Williams, Willow Sensory Service, Solihull; Alison Pettitt, Hillside Specialist School & College, Preston; Hannah Underwood, PMLD Teacher, John Fielding School, Boston
11 25 am - “Intent, impact and implementation: reassessing the relationship between pedagogy, curriculum and assessment” – Peter Imray, Author, Special Education Training Consultant, Bedfordshire
12 10 pm - “The significance of research in the field of SPLMD: informing good practice” – Lila Kossyvaki, chartered psychologist, Lecturer in severe profound and multiple learning disabilities and member of the Autism Centre for Education and Research, Univ of Birmingham, School of Education
12 45 pm - “Sounds aloud! Watch out ears!”- Sarah Hall, sensory expert, aromatherapist and reflexologist, plus Beverley Williams, Willows Sensory Service
13 00 pm - Buffet Lunch and Workshops - “Sounds OK!”; “Fifty ways to use a potato”; “Messing around in the classroom”
13 45 pm - “Chair and wheelchair yoga” – Maria Gunstone, Founder of YOU & ME Yoga
14 00 pm - "A Whistle-stop Tour of 50 Years in Very Special Education" - Flo Longhorn
14 45 pm - “I’ve been told I can’t do this ... just watch me!” – Meriel Green, Head of Seymour Department, Chailey Heritage Foundation - and Team: Amy Perkins, Oliver Dixon and Sian Cox-Aldridge – “A presentation of case studies and pupil journeys based on how we use individualized pathways and curricula - coproduced by many - to enable pupils to share their voice, views, feelings and talents.”
16 00 pm - Close - and Bubbles for new books and prizes!
Programme Day Two - Friday, 29 November 2019
Main Presenter - Flo Longhorn
Call & Response! Troubadour for the day is Keith Park
9 30 am - Welcome and Overview: Flo Longhorn, Author and Special Needs Consultant and Keith Park, Troubadour, Author and Interactive Storyteller
9 40 am - “A dip into the past” – Flo Longhorn
9 50 am - “What is happening inside our Multi-sensory rooms?” – Joanna Grace, Author, Trainer, Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Originator of The Sensory Projects
10 30 am - “Positive behaviours – improving the quality of a person’s life and that of the people around them” – Pablo Menendez, Lead practitioner, The Garden School, Hackney; Dididai, Special School, Kathmandu; Specialist leader in education, Swiss Cottage School, London
11 05 am - Coffee and Workshop experiences
11 25 am - “Flip the curriculum: using the PMLD Standards to underpin curricula provision … and beyond!” – Lisa Needs, PMLD Teacher, Medina House School, Isle of Wight; Artsmark Award (Arts Council)
11 55 am - “The unmeasurables: autonomy, well-being and community participation - future research” – Andrew Colley, post-graduate student, Wolfson College, Cambridge and occasional Lecturer, University of Suffolk, former PMLD Teacher
12 15 pm - “The arts of serving and returning - communication and the sensory roots of learning” – Les Staves, Senior Consultant, Author, Very Special Maths Guru, Leeds
13 00 pm Buffet Lunch and Workshops - “Sounds OK!”; “Fifty ways to use a potato”; “Messing around in the classroom” plus Functional Reflex Therapy display
13 45 pm - “Sound, silence and the sacred” – Eleanor Gibson, Special needs Teacher, Phoenix School, Peterborough; member of the Natural Voice Network; Farmington Scholarship
14 15 pm - “Mental health and well-being in education: tools to help the educator” – Nicola Harvey, Mindful Nicstars, Special needs Teacher, Author of ‘Mindful Little Yogis”
14 45 pm - “Functional reflex therapy: communicating through positive touch” – Lorraine Senior, Founder of Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), Teacher, Reflexologist
15 15 pm - “Dangers ahead! Overcoming the fear of continuing to use past established curricula in the future” – Flo Longhorn, Author, retired Special Needs Consultant
15 40 pm - “Sounds aloud! Watch out ears!”- Sarah Hall, sensory expert, aromatherapist and reflexologist, plus Beverley Williams, Willows Sensory Service
16 00 pm - Close and Bubbles to say Goodbye!
Forum Cost: £180 for one day - £320 for both days
Includes: Delegates information pack, coffee/teas & lunch, free sensory book and reduced price on FPL publications.
(Discounts available for multiple staff attending the Forum).
Download the programme above here (PDF).