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Future of SEN Conference

by swisscottage / June 12th, 2014 / in Archive 2013/14 / 0 Comments

Congratulations to Shane from Mandela Class who represented not only Swiss Cottage School, but a whole generation of young people with special educational needs at the Future of SEN Conference on Tuesday.

Shane received VIP treatment and was whisked into the conference room and miked-up. Shane was totally un-phased about addressing a room full of professionals including Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families and David Bartram LLS SEN Director.

Shane, who opened the conference, spoke about life at Swiss Cottage and the support he receives to help him master life skills such as tying shoe laces and brushing teeth. “My writing goes a little wonky sometimes, but it’s ok because I get help with that.” Shane also shared his strengths and successes with the audience “I play the bass guitar and I’m playing ‘Ground Control to Major Tom’ by David Bowie at our school concert later.” Shane then smoothly concluded his speech by teaching the audience some Swedish phrases he learnt during his visit to Sweden as part of the Comenius exchange project.

Associate Principal Vijita Patel hosted a session on preparing for the Local Offer, exploring how school leaders can maximise on the local offer expectations to promote meaningful understanding with families and learners on SEN provision and pedagogy, linked to aspirational outcomes.

“It’s important to talk to people about special educational needs because people might not know about SEN” explains Shane “If people know more about things like Dyspraxia then that would be good.”

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