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The Earwig SEND Seminar

We are delighted to announce our exclusive Earwig SEND Seminar on Friday 4th October.

The Department for Education were due to speak at the seminar about their new guidance on engagement, which was expected in September 2019. However, the paper has been delayed for several months, so, instead, Dr Penny Barratt, CEO of The Bridge London Trust will be discussing SEND Assessment policy with SEND Consultant and expert Peter Imray.

The Earwig SEND Assessment Seminar will be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. It is set to coincide with the TESSEN show in the Exhibition Hall of the Business Design Centre.


Earwig SEND Seminar
“SEND Assessment Policy – lenses, frameworks and the future”


Friday 4th October
10.30am (following the TESSEN keynote speech) – 12.30pm


Bright Room, Suite 120-122
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street
London. N1 0QH


£59 per ticket


Very limited places. School SLT members only.



Why a seminar on SEND assessment now?

Another new school year and once again the SEND pupil assessment goalposts move slightly. Most schools are still sorting out their move to individualised, EHCP-based targets and now there are Pre-KS Standards and another attempt to get schools at the lower achievement end to measure engagement as well as (or instead of) progress.

At Earwig we talk to Heads and assessment coordinators at hundreds of special schools around the country. So we are in a unique position to track the way schools are responding to these challenges and, together with Peter Imray and Penny Barratt, to provide you with a few insights into how to do this in the best way to achieve the goal, which is improved outcomes for children while satisfying the demands of Ofsted.

Here’s in interesting statistic, last school year more than 80% of the Outstanding schools inspected were downgraded. At the same time, every Earwig schools which had a visit from the inspector either held their rating or were upgraded. Read more about it here.” (Peter Gelardi, CEO of Earwig Academic)


Penny Barratt
Dr Penny Barratt is Chief Executive of The Bridge London Trust and has worked in SEND for over 30 years, both in the USA and in the UK. She has been involved with a number of working groups at the Department of Education, she sits on the leadership group of Challenge Partners, is a co-founder of Special Schools’ Voice, and a founding trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching.



Peter Imray

Peter is one of the most respected commentators and writers on SEND pedagogy in England. His particular area of expertise is SLD and PMLD in all age ranges. Click here to find out more about his background and academic acclaim.



TESSEN Show – London
The TESSEN show is the largest exhibition for special educational needs in the UK. Held every October at the Business Design Centre in Islington it boasts CPD-certified seminars, a wide range of free-to-attend special features and a great mix of exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Click here to book your free ticket.

Earwig can be found on stand P23 at the TESSEN show.

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