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Featured stories

How will the move from statements to EHC plans work?

Education, health and care (EHC) plans
How will the move from statements of SEN to EHC plans affect you? More

Bridging the gap
Helping young people with SEN make the transition to employment. More

System failure
Councils are floundering as they struggle to put SEN reforms into practice. More

Deaf children slip further behind in GCSEs
Fears grow for education of young people with hearing impairment. More

Making a connection
How yoga can help children manage their autism. More

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Featured organisations

KOMPAN, the leading playground solution provider, has been developing playgrounds designed to promote inclusive child development through play for over 45 years. All Kompan products offer usable and inclusive play products, compelling design, high play value, uncompromising safety, unique innovation and long-lasting quality. For full details, click here.

Amanda Hind Autism Speaker and Consultant brings a unique perspective to talks, training and mentoring: she has two children with autism spectrum conditions, has Aspergers herself and has taught autistic children. She is passionate about deepening people’s understanding of autism. Amanda uses real-life examples to empower participants to further support their children/students. More

The British Psychological Society provides nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC). More

Timotay designs and builds unique and stimulating playgrounds across the UK and UAE. From consultation to design and build, Timotay is all you need to create an excellent outdoor play environment. Timotay create playgrounds for children of all abilities and aim to give every child the opportunity of outdoor play. More

Especially Toys and Gifts was established by the mum of a disabled child, who has spent many years struggling to find suitable birthday and Christmas presents. The aim of this site is to supply fun and exciting toys for all children and adults with special needs. Advice is available on the suitability of all gifts. More

World leading speech recognition software 
Your child is smart, but with dyslexia, they face challenges others don’t: writing, spelling and typing can be frustrating and difficult. Dragon NaturallySpeaking changes all that. It turns thoughts into written words, simply by speaking. They can use the computer to edit documents, jot down ideas etc. using their voice. Find out more here.

Shakespeare Schools Festival provides students of any ability with the transformative experience of performing Shakespeare live on a professional stage. 2,000 students from SEN schools starred in the 2014 Festival after their teachers were empowered with expert resources and tailored workshops to direct them. Join the cast of 2015 today.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a pioneering charity which educates and cares for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs. The innovative charity encompasses Chailey Heritage School, an Ofsted-Outstanding special school, Chailey Heritage Residential for three to 19-year-olds and Futures@Chailey Heritage, a specialist transition provision for 19- to 25-year olds. More

Crick Software
Clicker 6 is the child-friendly word processor that enables pupils to significantly develop their literacy skills. This year, Crick Software is running a number of Clicker 6 regional training days. Led by a Clicker expert, these events combine step-by-step demonstrations with hands-on Clicker time. Places available at £150 per delegate. More

BBC Something Special Magazine is created for all children, of all abilities, so everyone can enjoy the activities. Based on the award-winning CBeebies series, each issue is packed with fun, educational puzzles and stories that encourage communication. Plus, each month, enjoy a quality gift, stickers and at-a-glance Makaton signs. More

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors 'A Guide To The SEN Code of Practice' available for all eBook readers/tablets/smartphones. More details at:

LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks schools for young people aged 11 to 19 (eight to 19 LVS Hassocks) with autism and Asperger’s providing day and weekly residential places. Enquiries are welcomed so call the school on: 01865 595170 (LVS Oxford) or: 01273 832901 (LVS Hassocks) and have a look around. More

GESS Education - bursting with education ideas
GESS exhibitions and conferences have earned a reputation for delivering an exceptional variety of educational products and solutions that help raise the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms, as well as a world-class CPD accredited educational forum. More

The Hesley GroupCelebrating 40 years, the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services, schools and colleges. The Hesley Group aims to offer the best possible care, education and support for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs including behaviour that may challenge. More

Prior's Court
Prior's Court offer specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5 to 19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19 to 25 years) offer personalised learning focussing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More

Sensory Technology Ltd are a specialist multi-sensory company within the design, manufacture and installation of sensory environments. Whether you require a sensory room, sensory garden, soft play area, hydrotherapy pool or padded room they are the first choice for many schools and organisations due to their outstanding service and affordability. More

Seashell Trust provides outstanding education and care services for children and young people with complex communication and learning needs including autism and multi-sensory impairment. Its specialist on-site assessment and leisure facilities enhance and extend the curriculum. Individual programmes are designed by a multi-disciplinary team and delivered by qualified and experienced staff. More

CPD, training and events

Henshaws College Family Open Days
Regular Open Days for families and students to explore the campus, meet staff and students and learn how Henshaws could support you to achieve your goals. Open days 15 Apr and 17 Jun. Booking essential. For more information, email Henshaws College  or call: 01423 886451. More

Various Dates
Using Soundbeam to Support the Curriculum and Communication

This course will look at the many ways in which the Soundbeam can be used to support special needs pupils in a classroom environment
Concept Training Ltd.

Various dates
Supporting people on the Autism Spectrum in Producing Written Work
It is not uncommon for people with autism to experience difficulties in completing written tasks. This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people or adults, in an educational setting.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Autism Spectrum, An Introduction, Level 2

Various venues
Accredited at level 2 by the Open College Network. This course is for anyone working with or caring for either adults or children with autism.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Learning Outside the Classroom

This course covers outdoor teaching ideas across all areas of the curriculum for children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Practical and Effective Ways of Using Multi-Sensory Equipment

A practical "hands on" course to learn everything you need to know to get the most out of a multi-sensory environment. Learn what the multi-sensory concept is, how to use it and who can benefit.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Intensive Interaction (Phoebe Caldwell) Sensory Issues And Communication Using Body Language
This course uses film and discussion to look at the different sensory experience of children and adults with autism. Learn how their understanding can be helped through visual, auditory and physical interventions.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN INSET training

Effective, personalised, in-house training delivered by experienced, qualified and approachable trainers.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN Consultations and Observations
In-house observations of learners, supported by teacher consultations followed by whole staff lunchtime/twilight feedback session and detailed, personalised written reports including recommendations and interventions.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

Various April to July 2015
People First Education: Making Visual Strategies and Social Stories
16 April: Premier Meetings Brighouse Yorkshire HD6 4HA
23 April: National College, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG8 1DH
4 June: Premier Inn, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD
10 June: Premier Meetings, Team Valley,  Gateshead NE11 0BE
12 June: Premier Meetings  Richard Street Birmingham B7 4AA
17 June: Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, CM18 7BL
23 June: Gresham Metropole Hotel Cork, Ireland
25 June: Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Ireland
10 July: Premier Meetings Edmonton London N18 3EF

Visual and auditory social and behavioural strategies for learners with ASDs, ADHD and related conditions. £145 + VAT. Contact for information and availability. Online booking available. 01427 667556. More

Various April to June 2015
People First Education: Getting it Right for Learners with Dyslexia Day
14 April: Premier Meetings, Team Valley,  Gateshead NE11 0BE
3 June: Premier Meetings Hull, HU9 1TQ 
11 June: Premier Meetings The Haymarket Bristol BS1 3LR
15 June: Premier Meetings South Mimms Hertfordshire EN6 3NH
22 June: Gresham Metropole Hotel Cork, Ireland
26 June: Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Ireland

£145 + VAT
For full details and booking online, click here

11 April 2015

Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Storytelling
Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

Email CCMH

15 to 17 April 2015
GESS Mexico – Bursting with Education Ideas
World Trade Center, Mexico City
GESS Mexico is the latest launch from GESS portfolio of world class education exhibitions and conferences. GESS is free of charge to attend, giving you the opportunity to experience innovative exhibits and demonstrations from industry experts on the very latest education technologies and solutions. More

24 and 25 April 2015
The Nursery2Primary Show

Bournemouth BIC
Register now for CPD sessions: Carl Clement of Emotion Robotics on the role of Robots in helping children with SEN and hear Jane Friswell of nasen on "The Graduated Approach to Meeting Special Educational Needs”. More

9 May 2015
Enabling Children And Teenagers To Speak About Feelings Through Drama And Masks
Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

13 May 2015
Positive Short and Longer Term Approaches in Autism
Newcastle United FC, St James Park, Newcastle
A free event on Positive Behaviour Support specifically aimed at professionals. Experts in their field Alex Kelly, Dawn Dunn, Steven Wilson and Angela Stanton-Greenwood will provide their audience with stimulating interactive presentations. For more information and online bookings, click here

15 May 2015
A day with Professor Tony Attwood
Professor Tony Attwood will deliver a workshop covering two key topics: cognitive abilities, different way of thinking and learning profile; and the profile and abilities in girls and women with Asperger syndrome. More

16 May 2015
A Day with Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk: 
The Body Keeps The Score. Mind, Brain, and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

19 May 2015
Autism and mental health
Featuring Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Wenn Lawson.
Diagnosing and assessing mental health problems in children and adolescents with autism can be very difficult. This National Autistic Society’s conference will give you the tools and strategies you need to identify and provide targeted support for students with autism. More

1 June 2015
Enabling good transitions for people with autism

Making the transition from early years up to higher education can be one of the biggest changes we make in our lives. This National Autistic Society’s conference will help to develop a greater understanding of transitions and will provide various practical approaches for supporting children throughout the process. More

12 to 13 June, 19 to 20 June and 26 to 27 June 2015
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society, sponsored by Hesley Group and Witherslack Group
ExCeL London, NEC Birmingham and EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show is the national event for autism, dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester, the event connects the growing autism community with the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition. At the event visitors can hear from the UK's leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; learn new strategies and approaches for home and the classroom; access one to one specialist advice; and interact with inspiring and thought-provoking features.
Book tickets in advance and save 20% at:

13 June 2015
Child Counselling: Key Tools and Techniques
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

18 June 2015
Towards a Positive Future

Be among expert advisers and discover the changes in health, education and social care law affecting families with SEN and practical and therapeutic strategies to enable families "Towards a Positive Future". More

22 to 24 June 2015
NAS Training – TEACCH three day training – with Professor Gary Mesibov
The primary aim of the TEACCH programme is to help to prepare people with autism to live or work more effectively at home, at school and in the community. Special emphasis is placed on helping children with autism and their families. This course is organised by the National Autistic Society. More

25 June 2015
Understanding and managing challenging behaviour

Featuring Professor Gary Mesibov.
This National Autistic Society’s conference will present the latest research and best practice in understanding and responding to behaviour that challenges us in children and adults with autism. More

30 June to 1 July 2015
Digital Education Show
The Digital Education Show UK brings together the world’s leading minds in education and technology. Extraordinary speakers include Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra, Richard Gerver and more. More

2 July 2015
Engage in their future National Conference 2015

Marriott Hotel, Leeds
How's Your Mental Health?
The conference will be delivering an exciting, inspirational and practical programme of keynote speakers and workshops around the theme. For more information visit the website or email the organisers.

3 July 2015
Autism in schools – workshop by Dr Wenn Lawson
The workshop highlights varying learning styles, ways to build social awareness and understanding, whilst acknowledging different sensory issues and demonstrating ways to adapt school life to be truly inclusive. Wenn is a world famous author, speaker and researcher with autism. More

3 to 5 July 2015
OUPS Annual Conference: Learning Difficulties

Warwick University
Exploring current research into definition, diagnosis and causation of specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, autism and working memory impairments. More

4 July 2015
Out-Of-Control Behaviour: Aggression, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders
Conference with award-winning author Dr Margot Sunderland
10.00 - 17.15
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
Email CCMH

9 to 11 October 2015
10th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing (APSSLH)
Guangzhou, China
The theme of APCSLH 2015 is "Education, Research and Clinical Service: Within and Beyond Asia and the Pacific" and it will be focusing on the issues of training, research, and practice of the speech, language and hearing science within and beyond the Asia Pacific Rim, benefiting more people with speech, language and hearing disorders.
Email for details.

19 to 23 October 2015
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

4 to 8 April 2016
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Prior's Court

Amanda Hind
LVS Oxford
The Digital Education Show
Chailey Heritage Foundation
Centre for Child mental Health
The Learning Playground by Kompan
Shakespeare Children's Festival
The Autism Show
Seashell Trust
Nursery 2 Primary Show
British Psychological Society
BBC Something Special Magazine
Jordan Publishing
The Autism Directory