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Evidence for Learning - Regional Networking and Development Day

Edgbaston Stadium - 6th June 

We are delighted to share further details and invite you to our upcoming West Midlands regional Leadership Networking & Developing Conference at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on June 6th. The event is hosted by our amazing friends and colleagues from Uffculme School who will be sharing practice and perspectives across the day.


This is going to be a brilliant chance to network, share and learn with fellow leaders across the region and beyond, as well as hear from and work with a fabulous line up of leaders and experts across the sector including Professor Barry Carpenter (CBE, OBE)Charlotte Stubbs, Lewis KirkJames WallerVijita PatelCheryl GaughanMartin StanleyAlistair Crawford and many more...


Date: 6th June 2024
Time: 9am to 3:30pm
Location: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Edgbaston, B5 7QU

Cost: £195 excluding VAT per delegate / Free for LearningShared subscribers


Lunch & refreshments provided.


These events are an opportunity for leaders and SENDCos at schools, colleges and settings across the country to come together for a day of sharing and development.


Our Learning Shared Regional Leadership Networking & Development conferences feature:


– Keynote sessions and workshops
– Ofsted: Headteacher reflections on a recent inspection
– Presentations and contributions from the host schools
– Case studies
– Most importantly round table discussions providing opportunities to connect, share and learn with colleagues from across the community.
– Networking opportunities over lunch and refreshments.


* The day will be a great opportunity to share and discuss interpretations and approaches to SEND and inclusion with other school leaders. *



Speakers / Facilitators include:

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBEJames Waller (Headteacher, Sunningdale School), Vijita Patel (Principal, Swiss Cottage School), Martin McKenna (Headteacher, Foxfield School), Alistair Crawford (NNSP), Cheryl Gaughan (JMAT), Martin Stanley (Tollgate Primary School), Charlotte Stubbs & Lewis Kirk (Uffculme School)



The underlying theme of the day will be the exploration and discussion of how as leaders and practitioners we can develop and nurture truly inclusive and personalised approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, as well as systemise reflective practice and inquiry across the whole school.

At the heart of each event are a series of workshops and roundtable discussions. Here’s an overview of the big questions and themes that we’ll be exploring and discussing as a group…



Everyone will be together for the morning sessions in mixed roundtable groups with the opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues from different settings…


An Inquiry approach to neurodiversity & complex needs (Professor Barry Carpenter)

In this session Barry explores the concept of neurodiversity through the lens of Inquiry. Blending latest research and affirming teachers and leaders experience, Barry will support delegates to define their context and learners through question and discussion.

* How do you create a culture of Inquiry to respond to the shift in complexity threshold and rapidly changing needs of learners in your setting?


Case Studies:

Case Study #1: How a specialist school approaches understanding learner profiles through reflective inquiry’ (Swiss Cottage School DRC)

Case Study #2: How a mainstream school approaches understanding learner profiles through reflective inquiry’ (Tollgate Primary School)

Case Study #3  Harnessing & empowering learner & family voice (Uffculme School)



**Illuminations & Contributions from Uffculme learners across the day**

**Updates on SEND reform & The new national standards (DfE SEND team)**




Following lunch colleagues will be invited to join ONE of the following workshops. Multiple attendees from the same school can join different sessions…


Workshops include…. 


An evidence led approach to school development including navigating a successful Ofsted Inspection (Vijita Patel, Swiss Cottage School & Martin McKenna, Foxfield School)

This session will explore how experienced school leaders have used evidence and the Evidence for Learning app as a strong foundation for all aspects of school improvement and ways in which robust evidence supported outstanding judgements during recent Ofsted inspections.

* How can your processes for teaching and learning lead an inspection’s evaluation of the quality of education?
* How can enquiry, engagement and reflection transform whole school practice to improve the quality of behaviour, attitudes and personal development?


Using Engagement to support personalised learning & play (James Waller, Sunningdale School)

In this session participants will be talked through an outstanding school’s use of an engagement driven play based approach to supporting personalised learning for those with the most complex needs (Complex Learning Difficulties and Autism).

“…teachers observe pupils carefully. They build up a picture of what each child finds motivating and engaging. This information is then used to create exciting and purposeful learning activities.” – Sunningdale School Ofsted Report (June 2023)

* How is your curriculum designed to develop the tolerance of uncertainty and the functional application of learning for those with complex communication and interaction needs and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)?


Preparing for Adulthood… beyond the school gates – Supporting students into aspirational & sustainable long term outcomes (Alistair Crawford, National Network of Specialist Provision)

In this session we highlight best practice around PfA and the work that post 16 settings (and schools) have developed their pedagogy, curriculum and environment to support learners into a range of positive long term outcomes.

* What do we mean by Preparing fpr Adulthood from the earliest years?

* What skills, knowledge and behaviours do learners need to be prepared for life byond the school / college gates? How do we teach them?

* What does successful transition look like from school to college and then college to adult services / employment?


Supporting mainstream settings to develop inquiry and evidence-based approaches to successful inclusion (Martin Stanley, Tollgate Primary School & Cheryl Gaughan, JMAT)

In this session we will discuss what successful inclusion looks like and how to develop inquiry approaches that will lead to reflective practice. We will cover how to use engagement profiles to support lesson and curriculum content, the use of Evidence for Learning to create ‘inquiry diaries’ and how this can support reflective practice and curriculum design.

* What does successful inclusion look like in a mainstream setting?
* How do you use an inquiry approach to identify engagement and inform your provision & practice?



Roundtable Discussion & Networking

As with all events we’ve run in the past, the emphasis of each day will be on discussion, learning and networking… giving you lots of opportunity to meet and forge relationships with new partners and collaborators for your professional networks. The format of the whole day is roundtable discussion and networking, both structured through our agenda and freeform during lunch and break times.



** This is a very unique opportunity to come together with leaders from across the region and country for a full day of shared learning and networking. **



Bringing together a large, powerful community of specialist schools & practitioners
The EfL and Learning Shared community now comprises nearly 800 specialist schools, colleges and alternative provisions across the UK, as well as a rapidly growing number of mainstream schools & Trusts. Consequently these events provide a unique and brilliant opportunity for us to come together to directly harness and tap into the phenomenal wealth of knowledge and experience that exists across the community.

These networking and development conferences are very much for you, and we sincerely want to make each event one of the most useful and informative professional development and networking events of the year for you.

The precise agendas for each event may vary slightly. Please get in touch with any queries.

Full details, leaflets, costings & online registration form

* FREE to LearningShared subscribers *



We've attached a PDF of the flyer for the event.


For a preview and taster of some of the sessions and workshops for the event, you can watch the recording of our recent virtual mini conference and launch event at:


As always, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. or call 0161 250 5151.