SEND CPD annual conference 2020

Coping with Cuts: Doing More with Less  

Coping with Cuts: Doing More with Less  

Aimhigher London SEND CPD annual conference 2020  

50 delegates attended the Aimhigher London SEND CPD event on Wednesday 5th February at Kingston University, 10-4.00 pm. This event was sponsored by Microlink.

Participants comprised of school, college and university sector providers and representatives from local authorities

Aim: To provide practitioners with a platform for collaborative discussions around the key issues facing learners with SEND transitioning through education and how those who are supporting these young people are responding to the SEND funding cuts.

The conference was an opportunity to hear from researchers about national and local findings and local trends and responses to SEND funding cuts and to hear from educational and clinical commissioning practitioners about:

  • SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) preparation for transition to HE
  • Complying with the SEND Code of Practice 2015 with less funding
  • Support from the perspective of neurodiversity
  • Student autonomy and empowerment
  • Generic and specific support available to learners with SEND within education

Four undergraduates from Kingston University, University of West London and St Mary’s University from a range of backgrounds shared their stories of determination, motivation and success with delegates.  Their inspiring journeys gave food for thought and were certainly a highlight of the day.  This was enhanced by the extremely positive and interesting contributions of two graduates who shared their stories about the transitions to work and post graduate study

Our Year 12 SEND Learner Transitions Conference takes place on 3rd April 2020 at University of West London. If you would like to find out more about the conference, please contact Kia Zamparelli at

Please click on a workshop name below to download a PDF of the slides from the presentation or workshop.

Keynote Speakers

Ben Bryant, ‘The SEND system in context: Pressures, trends and local strategies’

Peter Mayhew-Smith, ‘High Needs Students in the FE Context’


Ben Bryant, ‘Building inclusive capacity to support all young people, including those on SEN support

Alison Stewart, ‘Multi agency outcome setting in an educational setting – challenges and solutions’

Michael Cobden, Peggy Cooke, Hannah Griffin, Helen Duncan ‘Combatting the cuts in HE: A collective endeavour’

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE and Conor McCarthy, ‘Bridging the Gap: Transitioning into employment’

Sarah Hopp and Ross Thomas, ‘Creating an innovative Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) curriculum in the face of austerity’

Download the full programme from the day in Word document format or PDF.