Special Needs Conference
Continued Professional Development membership

Dyscalculia and Other D's

A day of stimulating ideas and practical input for SENCOs, School Leaders
and SpLD Specialists

SpLD Central Cogs

29th June 2017 - Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire

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 Keynote Sessions with Steve Chinn

Keynote 1: Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties.

This session will look at dyscalculia and Maths LD from a research perspective and a classroom perspective. It will discuss definitions and describe a classroom accessible diagnosis of the factors that create difficulties in learning maths.

Keynote 2: Teaching maths for understanding

This session will demonstrate a developmental approach to teaching maths that uses carefully selected and designed visual images matched to the appropriate maths vocabulary. Lessons can be designed to develop understanding and thus support long term memory and retention of maths concepts. The structure is based on decades of teaching pupils who struggled with maths.


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 Afternoon Workshops: each workshop will be presented twice; before and after the afternoon break.

Teaching and Managing children and young people with ADHD
Fintan O'Regan

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is term used to describe a spectrum of learning and behaviour differences

This presentation will consider a range of systems and strategies in order to address successful learning, behaviour and socialisation outcomes for children on the ADHD spectrum

This will include

  • Girls and Boys and ADHD
  • Co existing difficulties and differences including ASD, ODD and CD  
  • The Multi-Model Management Model: Introducing; Educational, Behavioural, Socialisation and Medication options for Management. 
  • Working with Parents and Carers: Home school collaboration and communication and preparing the child and family for transitions  


Right to Write
Rachel Ingham

This workshop identifies the barriers to writing and how we can ameliorate these difficulties through high quality teaching. The process of writing is outlined and skills developed at each stage.
Delegates will take away strategies to inspire and motivate the reluctant writer so they can successfully demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
Course Content:
    • Barriers to successful writing.

    • The writing process and skills to succeed at each stage.

    • Strategies to inspire fiction writing.

    • Strategies for successful non fiction writing.

Audience: Teachers, TAs, SLAs SENCOs

Transitioning children with SpLD from Primary to Secondary School
Beccie Hawes

Beccie will present insights, tips, stories and strategies from her experience leading Rushall's Inclusion Advisory Team in the do's and don'ts of helping children with specific learning difficulties make their transition into secondary school as problem-free as possible. As always, Beccie will include  lots of practical tools such as pupil passport templates, person centred resources, a transition road map and checklists for success. 

Morphology: teaching outside the phonics box
Judy Capener

The workshop will explore the morphological level of English words and how their origins have influenced the structure, patterns and rules of modern spelling. It will suggest ways to use this alternative approach as part of a spelling programme for all learners. In addition it will attempt to dispel the myth that English spelling mainly represents sounds and general perception that English spelling is awkward and contradictory!

Overcoming Barriers to Comprehension
Sue Francis

'Comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading' (Nation, 2005). What, then, do we mean by comprehension?  Comprehension difficulties may stem from a range of underlying cognitive and language weaknesses and can often be hidden. This workshop will look at the acquisition of comprehension skills, problems that poor comprehenders may experience, and practical strategies to support pupils.

Embedding Reasonable Adjustments in post-16 curriculum settings
Dominic Griffiths

As Senior Lecturer in the Department of Professional Development and Educational Innovation at MMU, Dominic Griffiths has been involved at a senior level in the Embedding Reasonable Adjustments in the Curriculum (ERAC) project developed at Manchester Metropolitan University.

ERAC offers guidance to mainstream university teaching staff in support of inclusive teaching and assessment for all through implementation of Reasonable Adjustments for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). The project was originally piloted in 2011-12 and is being rolled out to all university departments in 2016-17.

Dominic’s workshop will explore the nature of this training and discuss its implementation in the mainstream university teaching setting and its implications for other post-16 settings.

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