North East Regional SEND Conference: Creativity and Innovation in the Curriculum

26mar8:30 AM3:30 PMEvent OverNorth East Regional SEND Conference: Creativity and Innovation in the CurriculumInspiring engagement in learning through creativity and innovation


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The Creativity and Innovation in the Curriculum Conference builds on the success of 2 regional SEND conferences for leaders, governors, SENDCOs and teachers in specialist and mainstream schools.

Hosted by Culture Bridge North East and the SEND Teaching School Collaborative North East.

Our aim:
To animate new thinking and inspire classroom practice, utilising creativity to improve outcomes for pupils with additional needs within the context of a changing educational climate.
Supporting leadership to adapt to proposed changes within the Ofsted framework; ensuring innovation throughout the curriculum and a positive impact on outcomes for pupils. Utilising creative approaches to leadership and delivery of the curriculum, the conference will enable participants to inspire engagement in learning through creativity and innovation, ensuring that learners with SEND and additional needs fully achieve their potential.

Keynote speakers will provide a strategic analysis of the educational landscape and innovative solutions. Confirmed speakers include Simon Marshall, (Together 4 Children), Mike Parker, (Schools NE), Diane Fisher-Naylor, (Creativity Culture Education) and Professor Simon James, (Durham University).
Interactive workshops will be facilitated by a host of leading creative and educational practitioners to provide practical examples of how creativity can enable children with special educational needs to fully engage in the learning process and improve their performance.

Workshops will be led by:

  • Creativity Culture Education, an international foundation dedicated to transforming the learning experience of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds globally
  • Tin Arts, a dance company utilising the arts to deliver inspirational science learning
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, programmes to engage SEND pupils with its collections
  • Mortal Fools Theatre Company, an award-winning theatre company specialising in linking drama and performance to personal growth, transferable skills and social responsibility
  • Baltic Stars develop bespoke and creative learning journeys that compliment curriculum learning and encourage aspirational thinking amongst pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
  • Trilby Cat Theatre Company, uses ‘Speech Bubbles’, an evidence-based drama intervention to support communication and wellbeing for pupils with speech, language & communication needs
  • Bare Toed Dance Company, uses observation allied to research about wellbeing, self-esteem, creativity and relaxation to enable anyone to value and benefit from their movement
  • Durham University in collaboration with Arts Council England to identify ways in which creative thinking can play a larger part in the lives of young people within and beyond the education
  • Josephine and Jack Shack Project use two life-size, anatomically correct puppets to explore issues about sexuality and relationships with young people with learning difficulties

Market Place:
The Conference will be further supported through a Market Place led by experienced practitioners demonstrating a wide range of innovative classroom resources to inspire teaching back at school.

This full day event costs £100 for educational practitioners and £30 for Governors, and includes lunch and refreshments.

You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.


tuesday, march 26, 2019 - tuesday, march 26, 2019


Great North Museum

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT


Culture Bridge and the SEND Teaching School Collaborative North East.

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