Person-Centred Event Information


Audience: SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants, Senior Leaders, Governors, parents/carers, SEND practitioners and support services.

Person-centred approaches empower people and organisations to create positive change. They are about involving young people, children and their parent/carers and ensuring that they are truly listened to, and are kept at the heart of all decision-making.

In Shropshire we recognise that focusing on what matters to children and young people and their families is fundamental to enabling them to achieve their aspirations and is a key principle within the Code of Practice.

We aim to embed person-centred approaches into all areas of our practice so that children and young people with SEND are supported to achieve their outcomes and flourish as individuals.

We are working in partnership with Shropshire PACC and NDTi to deliver training and to develop and embed these principles across the whole of Shropshire. To launch this initiative we are holding a mini-conference with presentations from key-note speakers; Jane Friswell and Pat Bullen. This will be followed by training for schools, parents/carers and key stakeholders during the Autumn and Spring terms. There will be no charge for attendance at either the conference or the training.

Date: 15th November 2016

Venue: Sovereign Suite, (New Meadow, STFC Stadium)

Times: Option 1:  9.30 – 12.00

Option 2:  1.00 – 3.30

Option 3:  4.00 – 6.30

Choose your preferred option and book through Eventbrite…..

person-centred-patPat Bullen

Pat has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, Head teacher and senior education leader, having qualified in 1984 to teach children with severe learning difficulties. Her interest in SEND developed through growing up with an older brother with additional needs, who was a huge inspiration to Pat.

For the last five years, Pat has worked as an independent educational consultant. She is the East Midlands SEND Regional reforms lead; and  a member of the nasen (national association for special educational needs) national training team. Pat has trained SENCOs across England in primary and secondary phases, in nasen’s ‘Whole school approach to increasing access, participation and inclusion’ 2012-14. Pat acted as nasen Education Officer October 2013-October 2014. Since summer 2015, she has joined the NDTi (National Development Team for Inclusion) as an Associate Consultant contributing to the national ‘Delivering Better Outcomes Together SEND leadership course. From April 2016, Pat became a member of the NDTi hosted ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ team, and is the West Midlands Regional Facilitator. Pat is a school improvement adviser for SEND in Leicester City.

Pat is currently a Chair of Governors at a secondary school and has served as a Governor as a member of staff, as a community and LA governor, and as a parent governor, in six different local authority areas, for over thirty years.


person-centred-janeJane Friswell

Having previously worked as a teacher, Head teacher and in LA SEN Advisory roles and more recently as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane is now director of SEND Consultancy, a new and innovative support agency for those working the field of SEND.

Jane has provided leadership and innovation on product development, training and education services at national and international level. She has written extensively, including the successful nasen guidance for SENCOs preparing for school inspection. In her leadership role as CE she has shown an exceptional ability to manage a period of national reform for SEND while seamlessly leading a comprehensive SEN national events programme with nasen.

She is regarded and known as a compelling and charismatic communicator and presenter who cares passionately about raising the quality of special needs provision by providing relevant and meaningful professional development support and training, school improvement guidance and leadership across the 0-25 sector and investing in developing nasen support to their membership and key partners.

She specialises in leading effective review of provision for children and young people with SEND, and offers extended support to analyse review outcomes and plan co-productively with clients for effective implementation.

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