On 29th June 2017 Crossbow Education host the third SpLD Central conference and exhibition, at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, UK. The keynote speaker this year is Prof Steve Chinn, who will be presenting the two morning sessions on dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties. Prof. Chinn has lectured and provided INSETs and CPD in some 30 countries worldwide and has been a keynote speaker at many major conferences. He set up the first Post Graduate Certificate course in the UK for maths and dyslexia which was accredited by the BDA for the AMBDA (Numeracy). The course was validated by MMU (4 Masters modules at M level) and was delivered for 4 years under Mark College’s Beacon School funding.
Prof. Chinn was a speaker at both The Sunday Telegraph Festival of Education in June 2016 and The Sunday Times Festival in 2015.
As well as writing maths books, worksheets and tests he has contributed chapters to many books, including, ‘Dyslexia and Mathematics’ (which was the first ever UK book on maths and dyslexia), ‘Special Educational Needs’, ‘Dyslexia and Stress’, ‘The Companion to Dyslexia’ and ‘Dyslexia in Context’. He has also published many papers and articles. The first edition of his book, ‘The Trouble with Maths’ won a TES/NASEN award in 2004. His first book, ‘Mathematics for Dyslexics’ (described as ‘seminal’ in a review in the journal ‘DYSLEXIA’), written in 1993, went into 4th edition in 2016.
Prof. Chinn will be presenting the two morning lectures:
Keynote 1: Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties.
This session will look at dyscalculia and Maths LD from a research perspective and a classroom perspective. It will discuss definitions and describe a classroom accessible diagnosis of the factors that create difficulties in learning maths.
Keynote 2: Teaching maths for understanding
This session will demonstrate a developmental approach to teaching maths that uses carefully selected and designed visual images matched to the appropriate maths vocabulary. Lessons can be designed to develop understanding and thus support long term memory and retention of maths concepts. The structure is based on decades of teaching pupils who struggled with maths.
Two parallel workshop sessions will run in the afternoon, exploring other topics of interest to SpLD professionals, especially dyslexia and ADHD. The organisers were delighted to secure Fintan O’Regan, a highly sought-after international speaker, for the session on ADHD. His workshop is sure to be heavily subscribed. Delegates choose two of the following afternoon workshops:
Teaching and Managing children and young people with ADHD Fintan O’Regan
Identifying and overcoming barriers to writing with dyslexic students Rachel Ingham
Transitioning children with SpLD from Primary to Secondary School Beccie Hawes
Morphology: teaching outside the phonics box Judy Capener
Overcoming Barriers to Comprehension Sue Francis
Embedding Reasonable Adjustments in post-16 curriculum settings Dominic Griffiths
Crossbow Education, the conference organisers, have exhibited at SEN events for 23 years, and know what delegates like: high quality relevant resources, and time to look at them. About 15 of the UK’s best-loved specialist SpLD suppliers will be there, and the extended lunchtime and two refreshment breaks, as well as the registration period, allow a good opportunity to see what they have to offer. Beccie Hawes, one of the presenters and leader of an SEN advisory team in the region, will also be presenting a lunchtime “pop-up clinic” offering advice on dealing with specific issues that arise in the classroom. The clinic is called “I have a child who…” – the title is self-explanatory!
Yarnfield Park is a dedicated conference and training centre with full residential facilities, located in the Staffordshire countryside between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, about one hour from Manchester airport. With spacious and well-equipped presentation rooms, space to relax indoors and outside, a newly refurbished licensed bar, Costa coffee and top quality catering, the venue offers a high standard of conference experience. Overnight accommodation with an evening meal, plus free gym access, is available on the Wednesday night at a special conference package price of only £69.00.
Crossbow Education have been supplying resources to SEN teachers since 1993 and have won national and international awards, including the UK Educational Supplier of the Year, UK SEN resource of the Year, (ERA Awards 2012, 2013, 2014) and the Global SEN Supplier of the Year (GESS awards 2015). Crossbow were also short-listed for the ERA Educational Supplier of the Year in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and for the GESS awards SEN product of the year in 2016. Crossbow’s founder and Managing Director, ex SEN teacher Bob Hext, will be hosting the event.
SpLD Central is a fully CPD certified event, so delegates will receive their CPD certificate for the full day’s attendance.
Who is it for and how much does it cost?
The day is aimed at Education professionals who have an interest and involvement in teaching students with SpLD, particularly, but not exclusively, dyscalculia. SpLD Central delegates are typically SEN teachers, SENCOs, Headteachers and Dyslexia/SpLD tutors.
The price for the day, including a three-course lunch and refreshments, is £167.94 including VAT. (£139.95 ex VAT). Free transport to and from Stafford station is provided for those travelling by train on the day of the conference. This price does not include overnight accommodation.
“It was the best CPD event I have ever been to, and one of the highlights of my professional career”. (2016 delegate)