Children's Needs Top Agenda At University Conference

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Children's Needs Top Agenda At University Conference

Date posted: 27 February 2013

The current challenges facing professionals working with children with special educational needs and disabilities will be the focus of debate at the University of Derby on Saturday (March 2, 2013) when it holds a conference dedicated to the subject.

The event, which has been organised by leading researchers and experts in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND),including those at the University of Derby, aims to address the challenges faced by educational practitioners, policy makers, researchers and teachers working with children and young people with these difficulties.

Around 50 professionals are expected to attend, but the one-day event is also open to any member of the public who wishes to learn more about using IT to support dyslexic learners, acquired brain injury, behaviour management or art therapy.

Delegates will also get to hear from keynote speaker David McNaught, from the charity Achievement for All, which works to transform the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families by raising their educational aspirations, access and achievement. The second keynote speaker is Special Educational Needs Coordinator Pat Bullen, from Leicester City Council.

Students studying on the University's BA (Hons) Education Studies degree, who can now specialise in the teaching of children Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), will also attend the event.

The University's Head of Subject for Social Studies, Lynn Senior, said: "Last year's SEND conference was a great success and we have heard some wonderful feedback on how it raised awareness of the challenges surrounding the education of these children and made an impact on improving standards.

"We look forward to welcoming more practitioners, students and parents to this year's event on Saturday and making more progress in this area."

For more information on the SEN pathway of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree visit

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