Big-Hearted Schools are those that welcome pupils with SEND and embrace the opportunity to grow great provision for all their pupils. Nick Whittaker, HMI, Specialist adviser, SEND, believes that ‘the experience of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is a bellwether of the school’s performance.’ (see blog
). This year’s conference explores this concept further and builds on the message central to the 2019 Ofsted Framework that ‘academic excellence, and effective SEND provision, are all part of the same picture and a school cannot be truly outstanding if it’s letting some of its pupils down.’
The conference will offer SENCOs and other school leaders a valuable opportunity to explore, discuss and reflect upon key messages, current research and thinking in order to strengthen practice in their own setting. We are delighted to welcome Nick as a keynote speaker, in addition we will hear the thoughts of Daniel Sobel (Inclusion Expert) and also Robyn Steward (Author, Musician and Researcher) along with colleagues from Hertfordshire schools to provide inspiration and food for thought during the day. This will be a valuable and uplifting day, allowing time for reflection, networking with colleagues and browsing interesting resources. Breakfast pastries and a delicious hot buffet lunch will add to the experience. Make time in your diary for this treat!