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Webinar: Preparation for Adulthood: High Aspirations Through All Stages of Education

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  • 23 Sep 2021
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Featuring expert guest speakers from University College London (UCL) and the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), this three-part webinar series explores Preparation for Adulthood and how to maintain high aspirations for learners with SEND across all stages of education.

Part 1: High Aspirations: Preparation for Higher Education and Employment - With guest speaker Dr Zachary Walker from UCL.

Part 2: Encouraging independence and promoting positive life outcomes: including lessons for mainstream providers - With guest speakers Julie Pointer and Linda Jordan from NDTi, and Elaine Dale from ETF’s Centre for Excellence in SEND at City College Norwich.

Part 3: Making a best start towards independence from the Earliest Years - With guest speakers Julie Pointer and Linda Jordan from NDTi, and Elaine Dale from ETF’s Centre for Excellence in SEND at City College Norwich.

Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher

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Speakers

Dr Zachary Walker

In 2018, Zachary joined the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE) as an Associate Professor. At IOE, Zachary currently serves in the Department of Psychology and Human Development as Head of Department and the Programme Leader for Graduate Programs in Special Education and International Inclusive Leadership.

​Prior to joining IOE, Zachary was a a faculty member at the National Institute of Education in Singapore from 2013-2018. He was named a Think College Emerging Scholar (2012), a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015), was awarded the John Cheung Social Media Award for Innovation in Teaching and Pedagogy (2015), and nominated for the Wharton School Reimagine Education Awards (2016).

​Zachary’s current work focuses on educational neuroscience, mobile technology, and leadership.

Linda Jordan

Linda is a Senior Development Advisor with NDTi. Linda worked for the Valuing People Team from the beginning of 2002 until March 2011. She was the London regional adviser and the lead for transition. In 2008 Linda became the joint programme manager for Getting a Life while continuing to lead on transition for the Team.

Linda previously managed special educational needs’ services in the London Borough of Hackney and before that she was a teacher. From 1986 to 1994, Linda was an elected councillor in the London Borough of Newham where she led the policy of inclusive education.

She is the parent of a woman with a learning disability. Linda is now working with the National Development Team for Inclusion.

Julie Pointer

Julie is a qualified social worker who has worked to improve opportunities for disabled people for many years. She has worked in a number of local authorities, and started her career in social care working for the Inner London Education Authority as a "Residential Houseparent!"

Julie was on a secondment from Surrey County Council for 2 days a week to support the Preparing for Adulthood Team with its work, and successfully gained a full-time post with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) as the Delivery Manager for the programme in April 2015.

Her particular passion is how we ensure disabled young people have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. She has worked in the field of "Transition" for around 20 years and worked on the National Transition Support Programme, and Aspirations for Life as a consultant with Paradigm.

Julie believes that person centred approaches provide the key to ensuring disabled young people and their families are central to any plans for their future, and that the best services are those that are designed by those who are going to use them.

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