Rochford Conference

With nearly 200 delegates this is going to be a fantastic day. A one day landmark conference with keynote speakers instrumental in the Rochford Review examining it’s implications for special schools and settings for pupils with SEND.

The Speakers

Diane Rochford (Chair of Rochford Review) – Executive Headteacher, John F Kennedy Academy.

Janet Thompson (Deputy Chair of Rochford Review) – Headteacher, Dorothy Goodman School.

Richard Aird, OBE – A member of the Rochford Review and Sensible Consultancy.

Prof Barry Carpenter OBE, CBE.

Claire Owens and David Stephens – Complex Needs SRP Managers, Red Oaks Primary School, Swindon.

Public consultation on the Rochford Review recommendations concluded in the summer of 2017 and in September the DfE published its response, confirming the removal of P scale levels and the setting up of two pilot projects to evaluate the pre-key stage standards and use of the engagement for learning framework. This exciting one day conference will include keynotes from three core members of the Rochford Review, together with an update from Prof Carpenter on the Engagement for Learning Framework plus a presentation about an innovative regional collaboration committed to raising standards in SEND provision.

Latest Conference programme

8.15am – 9.30 am Coffee & registration

9.30am Chairman’s introduction and welcome – Richard Hirstwood

9.45am – 10.45 am Richard Aird – The DfE’s response to the Rochford Review: recommendations and the way forward.

10.45am – 11.15am coffee

11.15am – 12.15pm Diane Rochford – The political landscape and future of the Rochford Review recommendations.

12.15pm – 12.30pm Questions

12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH

1.30pm – 2pm Claire Owens & David Stevens –  A collaborative response to the Rochford Review – reflections on a project to raise standards in SEND provision.

2pm – 3pm Prof Barry Carpenter – Engagement: assessing against the seven areas of engagement for cognition and learning.

3pm Tea/Coffee

3.15pm – 4.15pm Janet Thompson – A focus on the pre-key stage standards with specific reference to how schools should interpret these.

4.15pm  Questions & Closing thoughts.

4.30pm Close of conference!

When and where?

19 January 2018 – Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, Kings Cross London WC1H 9SN.

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Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for senior leaders, middle leaders and classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with SEND provision & specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with PMLD/CLDD & Autism.

Course notes?

All pertinent presentations and documents from the conference will be available to you on our website, so that you can continue your learning journey after the close of the day – and to share quickly and easily with your colleagues!

Times & housekeeping?

We begin the day from 8.30am with coffee and registration. Presentations will begin at 9.30am and finish around 4.30pm. All refreshments and a lovely lunch are provided!


Standard Tickets £325 plus VAT.