Hosted by organisations that offer specialist knowledge and advice, these mini interactive flash briefings are designed to outline ideas and methods, initiate discussion and help you share ideas and issues with your peers. Lasting only 15 minutes, these sessions will help spark thoughts and answer questions about some more the major issues facing education today.
10.40am - 10.55am
Pupil restraint in schools - What is Reasonable force?
Hosted by Doug Melia, Safer Handling
Within this "flash briefing" I will interpret the school’s guidance on the use of reasonable force with pupils explaining how, when and why a hands on or off approach would or wouldn't be appropriate. For two decades now Safer Handling have empowered teachers with safe and easy to remember techniques which form part of a BTEC programme which enable staff to recognise and defuse situations, break up fights, assist children out of classrooms and hold children safely until they regain control.
The session looks at reasonable force from a Human rights, Safeguarding and health and safety angle and includes access to our You-tube channel of tips and toolbox talks for course attendees.
11.50am - 12.05pm
SEND and the Art of Resilience
Hosted by Lee Prichard, Thrive®
Resilience is built on three blocks: a secure enough sense of self, a sense that the world is safe; and knowing the opportunity that these both give to make appropriate choices about meeting an individual’s needs and the needs of their loved ones.
Although we are born with relatively primitive brains, they grow and adapt to our environment and stimuli. Insights from established neuroscience have shown that the brain continues to adapt, and this particular feature offers hope – we can help children and young people to develop their resilience so that they are better able to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Dani Lawson, from Thrive® will discuss what resilience is, why is it important in a SEND context, the stress regulation system and the importance of a ‘buffering’ relationship in building resilience.
1.20pm - 1.35pm
The SENCO Induction Pack
Hosted by Malcolm Reeve, Whole School SEND
The new SENCO induction pack from the Whole School SEND consortium is a reference tool for SENCOs. This roundtable will provide an opportunity for SENCOs to discuss the pack and how it can be used to support both new and experienced professionals in their important SENCO roles.