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Specialist Spotlight: An introduction to teaching learners with physical needs (Secondary / FE)

  • Online
  • 01 Feb 2024 (16:00 - 17:00)
Live Discussion
Online Units
Universal SEND Services

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring an introduction to teaching learners with physical needs in primary settings. 

Featuring Ann Sullivan: Ann has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist education. Based in the UK, her career includes roles as a KS1 and KS2 class teacher, secondary specialist literacy teacher, school-based Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), an advisory teacher for pupils with special educational needs and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).In 2018 her ‘Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs’ programme was published by Speechmark Routledge. In 2022 her book 'A Parent's Guide to Phonics' was published and a year later her 'Access to Phonics' book. Ann is on the writing team for pdnet (a network for those supporting children with physical disabilities in schools). Ann is now a literacy consultant, trainer and writer.

Featuring Di Ceasar: Di has over 30 years of experience of both mainstream and special education sectors including 10 years as a Governor for a local secondary school. Di is an experienced manager and has contributed to work streams at a local, county, regional and national level to develop provision and policy which contributes to better outcomes for CYP with SEND. Di currently leads Physical Disability and Sensory teams within Gloucestershire’s Advisory Teaching Service, which comprises a range of professionals and services including  Specialist Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists and specialist roles including Early Years, Mobility and Assistive Technology roles. Di is currently National Chair of pdnet, a national organization representing professionals who work within the physical disability sector.

The discussion will be hosted by Whole School SEND’s regional lead, Sarah Watson, and everyone will be encouraged to join in, ask questions and share experiences. As such, content will be responsive but may cover some or all of the following themes:


•    The challenges facing learners with physical needs, and how their needs might affect their experience of school or college
•    How practice can be adapted to include learners with physical needs, and 
•    The importance of working closely with learners with physical needs, their families and the range of other professionals who support them.


The discussion builds on our 20 minute online SEND CPD units. While everyone is welcome to take part in the session, delegates who have completed the corresponding unit content in preparation are likely to find the sessions particularly helpful.

Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, recordings will not be made available after the event.

Data Sharing: As this is a Department for Education (DfE) funded project, participants may be contacted by an external evaluator to measure the impact and success of the project. By participating in any of the webinars, live sessions or other activities you are providing consent by default to have your data shared and be contacted by the DfE and/or the external evaluators to support the evaluation process. If you do not want your data to be shared for this purpose please email: info@wholeschoolsend.com

Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher, Teaching Assistant

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