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This year’s SEND conference will explore how making small and manageable changes can transform the quality of SEN provision and outcomes for learners with SEND.

A series of inspiring keynote speakers and spotlight sessions will enable SENCOs and senior leaders to explore how, like a butterfly fluttering its wings, they can deliver timely, inclusive, high-quality support for learners with SEND and begin to respond to the challenges outlined in DfE’s SEND and AP Improvement Plan - Right Support, Right Place, Right Time.

SENCOs and school leaders will have a valuable opportunity to explore and reflect upon key messages, current research and thinking to work alongside colleagues to strengthen practice in their own setting.

This year’s conference reflects on how developing an inclusive learning environment can enable all learners with SEND to thrive.

Our speakers and spotlights programme

Spotlights programme

A great opportunity to join a selection of spotlight sessions exploring small changes that make a difference to SEN provision through the lens of HFL Education curriculum, wellbeing, assessment and SEND advisers will be available during the day.

This will be a valuable and informative day, allowing time for further thought enabling participants to:

  • listen to national speakers sharing current research and innovative ideas
  • join several spotlights to personalise the day
  • reflect, reconsider and re-energise
  • consider different ways to strengthen SEN provision and improve outcomes for learners with SEND


  • Gary Aubin, SEND Consultant
    High-quality provision for pupils with SEND: what the evidence suggests
    Gary Aubin is the author of The Lone SENDCO, a handbook of 300 questions and answers for busy SENDCOs. He works as a SEND Consultant for Whole Education, as well as for the Education Endowment Foundation as their Associate for SEND, having been their SEND Content Specialist. In this role, he has spoken to hundreds of school leaders about the evidence base behind high-quality teaching for SEND. He is a secondary teacher, former primary and secondary SENDCO and former secondary Head of Year. Gary also authors the SENDMattersUK blog. @SENDMattersUK
  • Rachel Higginson, Education Consultant, Myatt&Co collaborator and curator of the Finding my Voice project
    Changing the protagonist-a Learner first approach to education
    Rachel has been in education for 25 years. Her aim is to support young people to develop the knowledge, skills and character to make a difference in the modern world. She is an experienced Senior Leader including central trust leadership, and her work experience spans across all settings EYFS-FE in both mainstream and Special Schools. After spending years researching curriculum’s around the world whilst designing the education offer for an innovative DFE approved Free School, Rachel then set up her own business in 2017 to take everything she had learnt into the sector. Rachel works closely with Mary Myatt on the platform Myatt & Co. She recently worked with Mary Myatt and John Tomsett to curate the content for two of the ‘Huh’ collection, including her own chapter, ‘A conscious and creative curriculum’.
  • Helen Curan, SEND/ Neurodiversity Consultant
    Let’s think about this differently - how to facilitate the SENCO role to create space, change, and avoid burnout
    Dr Helen Curran’s previous roles have included SENCO, assistant head, dyslexia specialist and Local Authority Advisor. She later became a University lecturer, leading the NA SENCO and MA Inclusive Education. Nationally recognised for her research, she led the National SENCO Survey for 4 years. Her book, ‘How to be a Brilliant SENCO’, was published in 2018, further chapters followed, the most recent in ‘Psychology and Educational Inclusion’. Her work as a SEND consultant focuses on advocating for parents and supporting schools. Additionally she is a trained coach, and specifically works with neurodivergent individuals in the workplace. @drhelcurran

Book now to secure your place at this annual cross-phase SEND event for SENCOs and school leaders.

Online and with access to recordings for a further 30 days

All sessions will be recorded to allow delegates, who are booked on to the event, to watch some or all the sessions for 30 days after the event if they are not able to participate in some or all the live event on the day.

The 2024 HFL Education SEND conference