Brookfields Regional Conference – “The Implications of the Rochford Review: Assessment for 21st Century Children with SEND”

Posted: Friday 18th November 2016

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Regional Conference hosted by Brookfields School

The Implications of the Rochford Review: Assessment for 21st Century Children with SEND

Speakers include Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE, PhD and Richard Aird OBE.

This important conference follows the publication of the final report of The Rochford Review.

It provides expert, practical insight into the proposed new statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of National Curriculum the-rochford-review-covertests, and is relevant for senior leaders, governors and SENCOs in mainstream primary schools and special schools.

Are you ready for the changes to statutory assessment recommended in the Rochford Review? This conference aims to ease anxieties about proposed changes, and help colleagues develop a thorough understanding of the underpinning issues as well as a confident, practical approach to the new arrangements. There will be a particular focus on the Engagement for Learning Framework, and how this may be used to illuminate children’s learning, achievements and progress. The Standards and Testing Agency will consult on the report’s recommendations in early 2017, and this conference will enable you to participate in an informed response.

When and where?

Friday 6th January 2017   Venue – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading

(Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8BD)
Who should attend:

This regional conference is for senior leaders, middle leaders, SEN Cos, teachers and classroom practitioners from special and mainstream primary and secondary schools, SEN Managers, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists supporting children within the following Local Authorities:-

West Berkshire, Reading, Oxfordshire, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Slough


The cost of the conference is £200 for 3 delegates (or £75 per person).

Times and housekeeping: 

The day begins from 9am for coffee and registration, with the Conference starting at 9.30am. We will finish at 3.30pm. All refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Morning Programme

Professor Richard Aird OBE, a member of the Rochford Review, will discuss provision for those pupils with SEND who were the focus of the Review, including recommendations for schools to combine distinctive pedagogy with engagement-2017formative and summative assessment approaches to ensure that provision is sufficiently robust to meet new statutory requirements and the ambitions of recent SEND legislation.

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE will then share extensive international research which he and others have undertaken in the area of pupil engagement  and explain the fundamental importance which the Engagement for Learning Framework can play in raising standards of teaching and learning for all learners with SEND. In particular, the needs of the new generation of children with Complex Needs – pervasive across all schools, including mainstream – will be considered.

Afternoon Programme

Jo Egerton (Research Consultant) and Bev Cockbill (Complex Learning Needs Co-ordinator), are published authors, and highly experienced in the development and use of the Engagement Profile and Scale. Working in partnership, they will present an in-depth, practical exploration of the Engagement for Learning Framework, using case studies and video to enable participants to familiarise themselves with its everyday use.

The day will close with an opportunity for delegates to consider the Principles outlined by the Rochford Review, raise questions and ensure they depart feeling inspired and confident about improving outcomes for the country’s most complex and vulnerable learners.


Professor Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Worcester (UK), Limerick (Ireland), Hamburg (Germany), and Flinders (Australia).

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Headteacher, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing on-line training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities.

The author of over 100 articles on a variety of topics in special educational needs, he has won the prestigious Times award for his co-edited book ‘Enabling Access’. With Jo Egerton and Carolyn Blackburn, he has prepared the first British and European text on the education of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He is currently writing a book on “Children with Complex Needs.” Barry lectures nationally and internationally. Most recently he has given lectures in Russia, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Turkey and Norway. He is currently acting as Lead Consultant to the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services. He has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine, and was created O.B.E. by the Queen for services to children with special needs. Barry has 3 children – one a teacher, one an occupational therapist, and a daughter who has Down’s Syndrome and now has a home of her own.

Richard Aird OBE has well proven, outstanding credentials that readily endorse his competencies as a first class consultant in the area of special educational needs and disability (SEND).  He draws on the invaluable experience he gained from leading four special schools in the maintained and non-maintained sectors during a headship career spanning three decades; including three successive outstanding inspection judgements gained on behalf of his last school and a personal standard of school leadership never falling below Grade 1.   Richard remains absolutely committed to the SEND sector and enjoys working with individuals, schools and other organisations to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of the country’s most complex and vulnerable children and adults.  Richard is regularly invited to provide expert advice to the Department for Education (DfE) most recently as a member of the Rochford Review of statutory assessment for pupils working below the level of National Curriculum tests.

Conference Programme 6th January 2017 Rochford

To book your places, please email Sophie McKim at Brookfields School [email protected] with the number of places you would like to book, names of the attendees, dietary requirements, your Purchase Order Number and your invoicing details.

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