1 Day Conference
Shaping special schools for the future

The opportunties provided by academisation and free schools’ now.


Date: Friday 7th July 2017

Venue: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ.

Cost: £175 + VAT

eden-academy-equals-logos-c The Eden Academy, in association with EQUALS, are excited to announce that they are holding a joint national conference this summer.

Both organisations have a strong history of actively developing and supporting the work of schools and professionals working with children and young people with special needs. This leading-edge conference will be of particular interest to special schools’ senior leaders and governors who are considering academisation or forming a MAT and/or opening a free school.

It will be a valuable opportunity for delegates to understand the dramatically changing educational landscape and to help guide them into making an informed decision about their school’s future.

During the course of the morning, we will be hearing from renowned, expert speakers and in the afternoon, professionals from a range of academies will lead four different workshops.



Morning speakers

Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner
‘Hubs and Spokes’: The development of a national network of special MATs and academies
John Ayres OBE, Principal of the Eden Academy
Case Study 1: The development of a special MAT and lessons learned
Seamus Oates CBE, CEO of TBAP MAT
Case Study 2: The development of a special MAT and lessons learned


Afternoon Workshops

(Delegates can choose two from the following)

  1. Processes, pitfalls and benefits of opening a new special free
    school (led by Cassie Howe – New Schools Network)
  2. Financial requirements and risk management in a MAT (led by Sudhi Pathak, Head of
    Finance & Resources – Eden Academy)
  3. Establishing central services. What makes a MAT add value?
    (led by John Ayres, Principal – Eden Academy)
  4. Leadership & Governance of a MAT (panel discussion
    comprising leaders from mainstream and SEN MATs, chaired by
    Susan Douglas, CEO – Eden Academy)


Plenary Session

Where we go from here?
Setting up a mutual support and information network for schools considering becoming a MAT

We do hope that you can join us