09:20 - 09:30

Chair's Opening Remarks

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

President, PRUsAP & Member of AP stakeholder group, Department for Education

09:30 - 10:10

Keynote Address: Creating Opportunity for All in Alternative Provision

  • Exploring Government priorities for the future of alternative provision
  • Moving towards local SEND partnership and local inclusion plans
  • The impact of the covid-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis on demand for alternative provision


Live Q&A
10:00 - 10:10
Heather Stack

Heather Stack

Director, The Local Offer

10:10 - 10:40

Supporting Staff Wellbeing and Professional Development

  • Supporting the training and professional development of staff through Continual Professional Development
  • Providing staff with adequate mental health and wellbeing support
  • Effective health and safety guidance
Live Q&A
10:30 - 10:40
Stephen Steinhaus

Stephen Steinhaus

Executive Principal, Solihull Alternative Provision Academy Trust

10:40 - 11:10

Financial Management in Difficult Times

  • Securing the maximum available budget for your setting
  • Working within tight budgets and maximising available resources
  • Acquiring sponsorship and donations to increase revenue
Live Q&A
20.11.22 Sam Channon

Sam Channon

Chief Operations Officer, West Sussex Alternative Provision College

11:10 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:05

Safeguarding Panel Discussion: Working Together to Achieve the Best Possible Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

  • Working together with mainstream schools, social services, the local criminal justice system, parents, and carers to keep children safe and provide the best outcomes
  • Building trust and engaging with parents, carers and the local community
  • Taking a child-first, contextual safeguarding approach
  • Involving children in the safeguarding process, putting young people at the heart of decisions
Live Q&A
11:50 - 12:05

Rachel Speechley

Team Leader, Safer Relationships for Exploited Children (SAFE), Cambridgeshire County Council

Erin Docherty

National Mental Health Lead, Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust

11.30.23 Nikki Purcell

Nikki Purcell

Head of Schools, REAL Independent Schools

12:05 - 12:30

Case Study: Providing Positive Role Models to Reduce Criminal Exploitation

In this case study session, we will explore how to bring community leaders into schools that children can relate to, building positive relationships and role models. Hear how to prevent children from gang exploitation, improve self-efficacy, and how students view their future.



Live Q&A
12:15 - 12:30
Bali Rodgers

Bali Rodgers

Co-Founder, Refocus Project

Lennox Rodgers

Lennox Rodgers

Co-founder and CEO, Refocus Project

12:30 - 13:10



13:10 - 13:55

Panel Discussion: Supporting SEND to Ensure all Children Meet Their Full Potential

  • Taking a Graduated Approach to SEND support
  • Spotting the difference between delayed trauma responses and SEND symptoms
  • Making appropriate reasonable adjustments for SEND in teaching and learning
  • Removing barriers to opportunities for children with SEND
Live Q&A
13:40 - 13:55
11.30.23 Alison Willett

Alison Willett

Education Director, Nasen

Jess Mahdavi-Gladwell

Dr Jess Mahdavi-Gladwell

SENCO and Head of Assessment Centre, Newhaven PRU

11.30.22 Rebecca Hale

Rebecca Hale

SEND Teacher , Stone Soup Alternative Provision Academy

13:55 - 14:20

Networking Break

14:20 - 14:50

Providing the Best Possible Opportunities for the Future of Children in Alternative Provisions

  • Providing the best possible education and curriculum to maximise outcomes
  • Supporting personal development and resilience
  • Preparing children in alternative provision for life after school
  • Working with further education and local apprenticeships to ensure young people continue to get the support they need post-16 and achieve their career goals
Live Q&A
14:40 - 14:50
30.11.22 Lisa Ingleby

Lisa Ingleby

Lead Inclusive Provision & Pastoral Support, Education, Children and Young People’s Services, Durham County Council

Cheryl Temple

Progression Manager, Durham County Council Children and Young People’s Services

14:50 - 15:30

Case Study: Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

In this case study session, we will explore how to provide a whole-school approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing of students. Hear how to provide care for pupils that have faced and are facing hardship.

We will discuss how schools can provide a feeling of family, acceptance, and the support children are often missing from outside the comfort of school.

Live Q&A
15:20 - 15:30
Peter Hines

Peter Hines

Headteacher, Perryfields Primary PRU

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

Deputy Headteacher, Perryfields Primary PRU


Chair’s Closing Remarks