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AOSEC Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Network

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Date(s) - 01/02/2018
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Guildford College



The main purpose of this network is to provide a platform for delegates to share and discuss issues relating to learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The focus of this network is to share practical solutions to current challenges.

Each meeting includes colleges sharing their experience and approaches.

Several external organisations have attended, including the Natspec, the Department for Education, Talkback, and AoC

Group discussions feature at every network, giving delegates the opportunity to raise any concerns or challenges, as well as share best practice with the group members.

Gemma Baker, Director of Strategy, AOSEC and a SEND Sector Leader, currently chairs this network.

Upcoming meeting

10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:30 Welcome and introductions

Gemma Baker, Director of Strategy, AOSEC

10:40  Personalised approach to supported internship programmes

Lesley Edwards, Deputy Head of Learning, Chichester College

11:00 Questions & discussion
11:20 Employment opportunities and progression

  • Feedback from a recent Ofsted inspection

Gemma Baker, Director of Strategy, AOSEC

11:50 A college experience – Shortlisted for the TES FE award ‘Specialist Provider of the Year’ for work undertaken with SEND students

Roger Dill-Russell, Head of Foundation Faculty, Abingdon and Witney College

12:10 Questions & discussion
12:30 Networking lunch
13:00 A dedicated wellbeing service

§  Working primarily, but not exclusively, with learners with mental health issues

§  Impact on retention and attendance

Pamela Middleton, Safeguarding Manager, Sussex Downs College

13:20 Questions & discussion
13:40 Disability Rights UK – update

  • Apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships and access to work.

Rabia Lemahieu, Disability and Skills Manager, Disability Rights UK

14:00 Questions & discussion
14:20 Group discussion

  • What does your department do to support British values?

Introduced by Gemma Baker, Director of Strategy, AOSEC

14:40 AOSEC update

Gemma Baker, Director of Strategy, AOSEC

14:45 Regional activity

Opportunity for colleagues to feedback on activity taking place in their college and to raise any concerns or issues.

14:55 Any other business
15:00 Close

What delegates have said

“Helps me keep up to date with what is going on and take that information back to share with colleagues.”

Julie Ovenden, Treloar College

“Informative session – worth taking time out of busy schedule to attend.”

Gillian Blackburn, South Downs

If you have any difficulty booking your place via the online form below, please email and we can add you to the delegate list manually.


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