14-25 Education





14-25 Education

EQUALS Summer Conference – 26th June 2020

What does Independence mean for young people with PMLD, SLD and MLD
Practical Solutions and Possibilities

26th June 2020 – NCVO, Central London.
Cost: Only £149+VAT per delegate for members and £249+VAT for non-members.

EQUALS members save £100+VAT per delegate. If you are not a member, we have some new members special offers.

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Keynote speaker

Dr Penny Barratt – CEO at The Bridge London Academy

14-25 Education for pupils with SLD/PMLD. Where are we now? Where next?

Dr Penny Barratt is Chief Executive of The Bridge London Trust. The Trust presently has four schools, The Bridge School caters for students with autism and/or severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. It has a primary and secondary site catering for 186 pupils. The Integrated Learning Space caters for 15 pupils between the ages of 7 and 19 with complex needs and accompanying challenging behaviours. The Satellite Provision is a series of resource bases coming under one school. The Trust has also just taken on a Primary School in special measures.

Penny has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years, both in the USA and in England. She has held a wide variety of roles working with children and young people of all ages, in both mainstream and specialist settings.

Penny has been involved with a number of working groups at the Department of Education, she sits on the leadership group of Challenge Partners, is a co-founder of Special Schools’ Voice, and a founding trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching. She sat on an advisory panel discussing the new assessment procedures and also sat on the Teaching Assistant Standards Panel.

Penny’s doctorate focused on School Improvement and she is particularly keen to promote research and innovation in schools and share practice across schools.


Each delegate will have time to attend 3 out of the 4 workshops.


Workshop 1
Lisa Greig – Executive Head at Catcote School, Hartlepool.

19-25 Education in a special school. How it works, the pros and cons.

Workshop 2
Ellen Atkinson – Associate National Development Team for Inclusion and
Preparing for Adulthood Team.

Exploring the Valuing Employment Now (VEN) project to improve employment prospects and outcomes for people with learning disabilities in England.

Workshop 3
James Whybra – Assistant Head and Post 16 Careers Leader. Castle School, Reading.

The Valuing Employment Now Project in practice.

James Whybra is an Assistant Head and Head of Post-16 at The Castle School in Newbury and an expert in the field of supported employment in schools. A key part of his role is leading the Post-16 unit which focuses on independence of students.  Developing employment opportunities for the students has been a focus for James and he regularly shares his experiences with Schools, Colleges and Local Authorities from across the country. Prior to this current role, James was a Head of Year in a mainstream secondary school seeing his year group through from year 7 to 11 and dealing with all of the challenges associated with the role.

Workshop 4
Catcote School – Hartlepool

Employability programmes at KS4 and 5 and how these transition into Post 19.



Our 2018 & 2019 summer conferences in London were oversubscribed so early booking is recommended. Our last five conferences have been 100% full and the feedback has been outstanding.

EQUALS members save £100+VAT per delegate.  If you are not a member, we have some new members special offers.

Not a member?