EfL LearningShared Conferences 2023

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EfL LearningShared Leadership Conferences

Reconnecting the community & responding to the ever changing SEND landscape

After 3 years of connecting through virtual platforms we are delighted to share that this spring and summer EfL & LearningShared are hosting a series of regional live conference, networking and development events.

The complexity threshold has clearly shifted in all of our school communities and against a backdrop of continued challenge we need to be agile & responsive to the needs of learners who are presenting in different ways than we perhaps have ever seen.

In such times of challenge the EfL & LearningShared community comes together in the spirit of collegiality & professional generosity to share expertise and seek collective solutions. We have assembled a range of inspiring leaders & practitioners who will guide our professional learning and conversations as we explore the burning issues around inclusive education & SEND.

Regional Networking & Development Events   ** NEW EVENT ADDED**

We’re thrilled to invite you and your colleagues to attend any of the following regional events:

London:  6th March 2023 (Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre)

Northwest: 28th March 2023 (Foxfield School, Wirral)

** East Midlands: 17th May 2023 (Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield) ** NEW & FINAL EVENT ADDED **

Please note: we have had to postpone the Northeast event (Sunningdale School, Tyne & Wear). Please contact us for details.


Full day events. Lunch and refreshments provided.

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

In addition to workshops and presentations led by colleagues including Diane Rochford OBE, Vijita Patel (Principal, Swiss Cottage School) and James Waller (Principal, Sunningdale School) there will be lightning talks from schools within the community and structured roundtable discussions.

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


The underlying theme of each event 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.

With the expertise and experience in the room, including Diane Rochford, Vijita Patel, James Waller and Alistair Crawford and dozens of SEND school leaders and lead practitioners, we’ll be exploring and discussing among other topics, the following:

National Landscape and Regional Context for SEN and Disabilities
Inclusive Curriculum Intent & Implementation: Ambition, Aspiration, Accessibility
Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health post-pandemic
Best practice sharing from teachers for teachers: Creative ideas with Pedagogy Resources, Formative Assessment
Networking: Connectivity at and beyond the event

The complexity threshold has undoubtedly shifted in recent years and as practitioners we need to be agile, responsive and innovative in the ways in which we support learners.

Our LearningShared conferences feature:

– Keynote speeches and workshops
– Ofsted: A headteacher’s reflections on a February 2023 inspection
– Learning Walks around 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

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


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…

Diane Rochford OBE: Curriculum Intent & Implementation

In this session Diane will explore approaches to inclusion and curriculum posing a series of questions for roundtable discussion as to whether our language, pathways, themes and curriculum actually meet the needs of the students in our school communities.

* How do we place learner need at the heart of curriculum design?

* How do you articulate & define learner pathways in your setting? How do you evidence the often unique learning journeys made by your students?


Vijita Patel: National Landscape & regional context for SEND & Inclusion

We are facing very uncertain times with regard to funding, political direction and the very notion of what inclusion means in society. Vijita will share regional & national updates highlighting things we should all have on our radar as we navigate the SEND landscape over the coming weeks and months. Key questions covered in the session include….

* As school leaders how are we being responsive to the key points & issues raised in the SEND & AP Implementation Paper?

* With learner & family voice being referenced so heavily how does your school approach authentic co-production when designing provision & the curriculum?


James Waller: Pupil Wellbeing & Mental Health

In this session James shares the approach to wellbeing from multiple outstanding school Sunningdale. James charts the evolution of need and how Sunningdale has placed wellbeing at the heart of their provision, responding to very unique needs of students whilst maintaining the highest aspirations and standards.

* What curriculum approaches or pedagogy have you adopted or adapted to take into account the increasing developmental complexity, heightened anxiety and other indicators that you are now identifying in your pupils?

* How are you working towards the Mental Health aims outlined in the DfE’s guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education?


Martin McKenna: Ofsted – What it was really like through the lens of SEND & Inclusion (Feb 2023 Inspection)

Foxfield School, Wirral was inspected in Feb 2023. In this session Martin shares perspectives, experiences and learning to demystify the inspection process and provide tips as to how leaders can celebrate and champion inclusion in their settings particularly through the use of Evidence for Learning.


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 LearningShared community now comprises more than 700 specialist schools, colleges and alternative provisions across the UK, as well as a rapidly growing number of mainstream schools. Consequently these events will 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.


LearningShared subscribers: FREE 

If your school or setting has a subscription to the LearningShared CPLD Programme then up to 2 (two) members of staff can attend any of the events for FREE (no cost). Additional delegates can attend at a cost of £50 (ex VAT) per delegate / attendee.


Non-LearningShared subscribers: £195 (ex VAT) per delegate / attendee

If your school or setting does not have a subscription to the LearningShared CPLD Programme then the cost to attend any of the events is £195 (ex VAT) per delegate / attendee;

Alternatively the school can subscribe and enrol to the LearningShared CPLD Programme using the form below (£500 ex VAT if your school has EfL / £600 ex VAT if your school does not currently have EfL) to take advantage of the free and reduced attendee costs as well as to gain access to all the features and benefits of the LearningShared CPLD Programme. Learn more about the Learning Shared CPLD Programme here.



Download leaflets about the events & the LearningShared CPLD Programme

Booking Form

Please use the form below to book places at any of the events.

If you would like to attend multiple events, you’ll need to complete a separate form for each event.

You can also use this form to subscribe to the LearningShared CPLD Programme (if your school does not already have a subscription).

Please complete all the details for each delegate.


Need Assistance or Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the events or pricing, or if you experience any issues with completing the registration form, please either email us at services@theteachercloud.net or use the contact form on our website (here)


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