‘The Cutting Edge’ - Pushing Back the Boundaries in Special Education

at Swiss Cottage School, London
 
Dedicated to the memory of Michael Stokes - a very special teenager, Dublin, Ireland
 

Programme Day One -  Thursday, 29 November 2018

Main Presenter - Flo Longhorn

Call & Response! Minstrel for the day is Keith Park 

 
 9 30 am - Welcome and Overview: Flo Longhorn 
                 Dedication of the Forum to a very special teenager, Michael Stokes, Dublin, Ireland
 
 9 50 am - ‘Developing thinking and maths skills for very special learners’ - Les Staves, Senior Consultant and Author 
 
10 30 am - ‘Tweaking and engaging the visual environment for special learners’ - Jane Thistlethwaite, Engagement4Learning Programme, Fellow, Birmingham University
 
11 00 am - Coffee Break
 
11 20 am - ‘Simplifying assessment evidencing’ - Andrew Douglas, Education Manager, Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment NI, 'Quest for Learning'
 
12 10 pm - ‘Quantifying the subjective: smoke and mirrors or the best of both worlds?’ - Dr Richard Gamman, John Fielding School, Lincs.
 
12 50 pm - Bubbles! – book launch for new books from Joanna Grace and Les Staves
 
13 00 pm - Lunch
 
Sarah Hall and Beverley Williams (Willows Sensory Service) conduct a Pop-up Workshop during lunch along with Clare Hobson, Ysgol Crug Glas, Swansea 
 
13 40 pm - ‘Call and Response, Please!’ - Keith Park, Drama Guru in Special Education
 
13 50 pm - ‘Communicating with special teenagers - hair, mods, sweats and sex’ - Helen Dunman, Chailey Heritage School
 
14 30 pm - ‘Sensory engagement for mental health’ - Joanna Grace, The Sensory Project
 
15 00 pm - Comfort break
 
15 10 pm - ‘Room to improve: The primary language curriculum. A journey towards inclusive language and
communication for all’ – Rachel Markey, National Council for Special Education, Special Education Assistant Coordinator, Ireland
 
15 50 pm - ‘Intrinsic or extrinsic? What is the question?’ - Flo Longhorn and Clare Hobson, Ysgol Crug Glas, Swansea
 
16 10 pm - Closure for Day One – Flo Longhorn 
 
16 15 pm - Close and Safe Journey home


 Programme Day Two - Friday, 30 November 2018

Main Presenter - Flo Longhorn

Call and Response! Minstrel for the day is Pete Wells

9 30 am - Overview and Introduction - Flo Longhorn

9 40 am - A smashing sensory story from Pete Wells, Practitioner, Very Unique Sensory Story Resources, Sunderland

9 50 am - ‘When children with PMLD shine – encouraging playfulness in children with profound impairments’ - Debby Watson, Independent Researcher

10 30 am - ‘Using the engagement tools to deliver sensory stories’ - Beverley Cockhill, CLDD Coordinator/Trainer, Chadsgrove School, Birmingham

11 05 am - Making outcomes more meaningful for PMLD learners – research’, Andrew Colley, University of East London

11 15 am - Break

11 40 am - ‘The power of touch’ - Sarah Hall, Willows Sensory Service, Birmingham

12 15 pm - ‘Rude, naughty but nice - Exploring the rationale and then deconstructing sensory stories’ - Pete Wells

12 50 pm - ‘Mindful Little Yogis’ - Nicola Harvey, Special Needs Teacher, Author, Yoga Guru

13 00 pm - Lunch and Bubbles! for Nicola Harvey book launch

                  Sarah Hall, Beverley Williams and Lucy Allen - Pop-up Workshops during lunch

13 40 pm - ‘Stressed out? Burnt out? Remedial laughter remedies’ - Katie Rose White, Laughter Facilitator and Founder of Best Medicine

14 10 pm - ‘Spirits in the sky’ - Fiona O’Dwyer & Ann Higgins, St Michaels House Special Schools, Dublin, Ireland, with Flo Longhorn

14 40 pm - ‘Inner strength Boxes - self regulation for all’ - Beverley Cockhill

14 55 pm - Short break

15 05 pm - ‘Breaking down barriers at Chailey Heritage School’ - Julie Tilbury and Meriel Green, Very Special Teachers

15 50 pm - Conclusions at the end of the day – Flo Longhorn

16 00 pm - Close and Safe Journey Home!


 

Admin and Dogsbodies for the Forum: Roger Longhorn and Alison Pettitt

‘Good teaching is forever being on the CUTTING EDGE of a child’s competence’ - Jerome Bruner

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