Thurrock Council host educational needs conference

HOSTED by Thurrock Council Children’s Services, in partnership with CaPa Thurrock’s Parent Carer Forum, the SEND Conference was an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to share best practices and review the progress across the borough supporting children and young people with SEND.
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The key topics of the conference included the six Thurrock SEND Strategy priorities;

Ensure that children and families are at the heart of an effective SEN system
Ensure every child and young person is making good progress and attends a good place to learn
Ensure children and families are will supported
Ensure an effective and responsive approach to assessing and meeting children and family’s needs
Ensure the early identification of and early support for children with SEND
Ensure young people are well prepared for adulthood
Key note speakers at the conference included; Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of the National Association of Special Educational Needs and Brian Gale, SEN and Professional Adviser for the Department for Education.

Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said: “A whole system approach is vital to support the children and young people with SEND in the borough.

“A lot of the conversations today were focused on the support available for children with SEND in mainstream settings who’s needs are met through the SEN support process.

“The conference has been a great opportunity for all of our key stakeholders to come together and identify areas of work to enhance the opportunities and outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Thurrock.”

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