Best of British Special Education

A two-day Forum

Dedicated to the memory of Penny Lacey


2-3 March 2017

at the

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

Programme Topics

           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.

      Sensory stories!

      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.