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B Squared announces launch of The Virtual SEND Conference

  • The first Virtual SEND Conference will take place on 22 March 2019
  • Aimed at ALL professionals striving to deliver quality provision for children with SEND
  • Confirmed speakers include Lorraine Petersen OBE, Jane Friswell and Hannah Moloney
  • Save money, eliminate travel, access content anytime, share with colleagues in your school

Education software provider, B Squared announces the launch of the Virtual SEND Conference. Different from any other education conference, this 21st century online solution will provide high quality support for education professionals and schools that is both affordable and easily accessible. The first Virtual SEND Conference will take place on 22 March, 9am-4.30pm. Education experts will talk about the everyday challenges teachers and SENCOs currently face, focused on improving outcomes for children with SEND in both special settings and mainstream schools. Ticket prices range from £15 to £40 +VAT. Teachers booking a place on the conference will be able to access all the speaker presentation materials online and share them with colleagues at their school after the event. To register or to see the full programme, visit: www.virtualsendconference.com/programme

Speakers already confirmed for the first Virtual SEND Conference include Lorraine Petersen OBE, Jane Friswell and Hannah Moloney. The Programme, covers topics that help to support teachers at classroom level, including:
Results of National SENCO Workload Survey
Supporting dyslexia & ASD in mainstream settings
Combating lack of funds
Understanding Ofsted’s new inspection framework
Developing a whole school approach to supporting positive mental health
Practical high impact strategies for supporting children with SLCN in EYFS
Understanding policy developments for children and young people with SEND

“This conference is about supporting schools to support their pupils with SEND, in a time when schools are facing ever increasing financial pressure,” says Dale Pickles, Managing Director at B Squared. “Over recent years we have seen big changes around supporting pupils with SEND, with little funds to fully implement these changes. Professionals working with pupils with SEND need support and guidance on a wide range of areas they are required to be experts on. It has to be affordable, easily accessible and easy to share with others in the school to help raise the priority of SEND in schools.”

Successful FREE webinar programme sparked idea for a low cost online conference
Early in 2018 B Squared started hosting FREE webinars aimed at helping teachers to keep up-to-date with changing government guidelines surrounding children with SEND. The success of these webinars led to a logical conclusion to host a virtual conference that would enable B Squared to invite experienced and well recognised education sector speakers to further expand on the topics that teachers are asking for more information about. 

Benefits of a virtual conference
A virtual conference is one that takes place online. Instead of a number of seminars there are a number of webinars (web-based seminars). The speakers use a webcam and microphone to deliver their presentation across the internet directly to participants, at a fraction of the price of a traditional conference. Teachers also have the opportunity to ask all the speakers questions and network in the break using chatrooms. The virtual SEND Conference enables schools to save money, eliminate travel and access content anytime to share with their school. Its aim is to remove the barriers of cost and time faced by teachers wanting to attend a conference. All teachers need is a computer, tablet or phone with a good internet connection, and B Squared will provide full support on the day. Book a place at the Virtual SEND Conference, save money and be inspired! 

About B Squared
B Squared has over 20 years’ experience within the assessment sector. Its market leading assessment software Connecting Steps is already used by over 3,000 schools across the UK and internationally to track pupil progress. The software is fully hosted and spans SEND, EYFS and the Primary National Curriculum. It also offers Autism Progress, an observational assessment framework designed to help members of staff to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). B Squared’s evidence management system Evisense makes it easy to capture and securely share photo/video evidence of learning, helping to increase parental engagement.

The first Virtual SEND Conference, organised by B Squared, is taking place on 22 March, 9am-4.30pm. Ticket prices: Half day £15 + VAT; Full day £30 + VAT; Premium £40 + VAT. Tickets are available now online through Eventbrite.


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