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Thurrock hosts first SEND conference

Professionals, schools and health services came together on Wednesday 17 October for Thurrock's first Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Conference at Orsett Hall Hotel.

Hosted by Thurrock Council Children’s Services, in partnership with CaPa Thurrock’s Parent Carer Forum, the SEND Conference was an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to share best practices and review the progress supporting children and young people with SEND across the borough.

The key topics of the conference included the 6 Thurrock SEND Strategy priorities, to make sure that:

  • children and families are at the heart of an effective SEN system
  • every child and young person is making good progress and attends a good place to learn
  • children and families are well supported
  • an effective and responsive approach to assessing and meeting children and families' needs
  • the early identification of – and early support for – children with SEND
  • young people are well prepared for adulthood

Keynote speakers at the conference included:

  • Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of the National Association of Special Educational Needs
  • Brian Gale, SEN and Professional Adviser for the Department for Education

Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, said: "A whole system approach is vital to support the children and young people with SEND in the borough.

"A lot of the conversations today were focused on the support available for children with SEND in mainstream settings who’s needs are met through the SEN support process.

"The conference has been a great opportunity for all of our key stakeholders to come together and identify areas of work to enhance the opportunities and outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Thurrock."


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