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“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 [Presentation]

10 30 am - “Sensory processing disorders: interoception, internal sensations and behaviours” – Becky Lyddon, Founder, Sensory Spectacle [Presentation]

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 [Presentation]

12 10 pm - “The significance of research in the field of SPLMD: informing good practice” – Dr. 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 [Presentation]

12 45 pm - “Sounds aloud! Watch out ears!”- Sarah Hall, sensory expert, aromatherapist and reflexologist, plus Beverley Williams, Willows Sensory Service [Handout]

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 [Handout]

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 [Presentationi]

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 [Presentation]

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) [Presentation]

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. [Survey Intro] [Survey Link]

[Andrew Colley, in association with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, is launching a major survey of special schools who teach young people aged 14 - 19 with PMLD. He will be introducing the survey at the FPL 2-Day Forum on Friday, 29 November, when you will also be encouraged to fill it in online or in hard copy. f you prefer you can fill it in online prior to the conference using the link below. It should only take about 15 minutes. Many thanks in advance.  https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9mCWWIZATURk2up ]

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 [Presentation]

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 [Presentation]

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” [Presentation]

14 45 pm - “Functional reflex therapy: communicating through positive touch” – Lorraine Senior, Founder of Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), Teacher, Reflexologist [Presentation]

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 [Handout]

16 00 pm - Close and Bubbles to say Goodbye!

 

Official Helpers for both days of the Forum are Annie Fergusson, PMLD Link and PMLD Training Team, and Rosie Rushton, Univ of Birmingham, PhD Student.



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).

Access booking forms here (.doc and .pdf). Please return booking forms by email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 0845 127-5281.

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