Advance Notice & Presenters

Flo Longhorn’s final two-day Forum 2019

“The Best of British Very Special Education: Bridging the void between the past and future”

to be held at

Swiss Cottage School Conference Centre, London

28 & 29 November 2019


the ‘Bubbles Launch’ for new book

Dedicated to baby Sara, new life, and the charity New Hope Village, Western Orissa, India

Provisional presentation themes (so far ...)

  • “A very special baby – celebrating new life” – Alison Pettitt
  • “The unmeasurables: autonomy, well-being and community participation - future research” – Andrew Colley
  • “Sensory processing disorders: interoception, internal sensations and behaviours” – Becky Lyddon
  • “Pushing curriculum boundaries within a school: why, how and what” – Ellen Croft
  • “Dangers ahead! Overcoming the fear of continuing to use past established curricula in the future” – Flo Longhorn
  • “Technology – making something happen past, present and future” – Ian Bean
  • “Multi-sensory rooms: the latest state of play” – Joanna Grace
  • “The arts of serving and returning - communication and the sensory roots of learningg” – Les Staves
  • “Flip the curriculum: using the PMLD Standards to underpin curricula provision and beyond!” – Lisa Needs
  • “The significance of research in the field of SPLMD: informing good practice” – Lila Kossyvaki
  • “Functional reflex therapy: communicating through positive touch” – Lorraine Senior
  • “Mental health and well-being in education: tools to help the educator” – Nicola Harvey
  • “Intent, impact and implementation: how special schools might rise to the Ofsted challenge” – Peter Imray
  • “Sounds aloud! Watch out ears!” – Sarah Hall and Beverley Williams
  • “I've been told I can't do this ... just watch me!” – Meriel Green and the team from Chailey Heritage School
  • “Chair and wheelchair yoga” – Maria Gunstone
  • “Positive behaviours – a person centred approach” – Pablo Menendez

Workshops over the two days!

  • “Sounds OK!” – Sarah Hall, Beverley Williams and Alison Pettitt
  • “Fifty ways to use a potato” – Clare Hobson
  • “Messing around in the classroom” – Hannah Underwood
  • “Reflex therapy” – Lorraine Senior

Meet the Presenters (so far … )

(in first name alphabetical order)

    • Alison Pettitt, mother and special needs Teacher, Hillside Specialist School & College
    • Andrew Colley, post-graduate student, Wolfson College, Cambridge, and occasional lecturer, University of Suffolk, former PMLD Teacher
    • Becky Lyddon, Founder, Sensory Spectacle
    • Clare Hobson, Creative Art Teacher and Deputy Head, Ysgol Clug Glas, Swansea, Wales
    • Ellen Croft, Vice-principal, Director, Teaching School, Ash Field Academy, Leicester
    • Flo Longhorn, Author and Principal Consultant in Special and Multisensory Education, Belgium
    • Hannah Underwood, PMLD Teacher, John Fielding School, Boston, Lincolnshire
    • Ian Bean, SENict – Special Education Needs ICT and Computing
    • Joanna Grace, Author, Trainer and Originator of The Sensory Project
    • Keith Park, Author, Squeeze Box Expert and Drama Guru in Special Education
    • Lila Kossyvaki, Univ of Birmingham, School of Education, Lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
    • Les Staves, Senior Consultant and Author of Very Special Maths, Leeds
    • Lisa Needs, PMLD Teacher, Medina House School, Isle of Wight
    • Lorraine Senior, Founder, Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT)
    • Maria Gunstone, Founder, YOU & ME Yoga and Author
    • Meriel Green, Head of Seymour Department, Chailey Heritage Foundation, East Sussex - and Team
    • Nicola Harvey, Special Needs Teacher, Author, Yoga Guru, London
    • Pablo Menendez, Lead practitioner, The Garden School, Special leader in behaviour, Swiss Cottage School Research Centre
    • Peter Imray, Special Educational Training and Advice, Bedfordshire
    • Sarah Hall and Beverley Williams - Willows Sensory Service, Birmingham

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).

View online the Best of British Very Special Education Programme or download it here (PDF).

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