Regional SEND conference at Pool Academy hailed a success

Around 40 people arrived at Pool Academy to take part in the regional Special Educational Needs and Disability Conference.

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Rachel Facey, SENDCo at Pool Academy, said the event was a success and it was an honour to host the it at the school.

There were a number of speakers on the day. These included Nicola Marshall, Braveheart Education, who spoke on the subject ‘Creating a culture for all to succeed’. Richard Daniel Curtis, Chair of SEND Awards, spoke on the topic ‘What makes an inclusive School’ and Clare Downham, from Unique Journey, spoke about mental health.

During the conference the 2018 Inclusion and Employment Award was handed out to Western College. Representatives from the college had travelled down from Western Super Mare to receive the award.

 Representatives from Western College. accepting their award

Representatives from Western College. accepting their award

Pool Academy received the Most Innovative Special Needs Intervention Award in the past which was why it had been chosen to host this year’s event. The SEND academy staff were praised at this week’s conference for continuing their provisions.

Yvonne Adams, from Pool Academy, attended the event. She said: “The conference was very interesting and I am glad I took part. It was nice to have it at Pool Academy. We were given useful resources and information on how to access outside professionals.

“It was good to work with other schools and talk together about our similar themes.”

Mrs Facey said: “I am over the moon that the conference was hosted at Pool Academy and it was a great opportunity to meet people from other schools in the region.

“It was a great success.”

Regional conferences are also being held in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London.