Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum

Saturday 8 October 2022

For some parents and carers, challenging the wisdom of education professionals or merely stepping foot inside their child’s school is daunting. SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25 acknowledges that ‘parents know their children best’ and sets out the importance of listening to, and working collaboratively with parents.

Gain a unique view from the experiences of parents, carers and teachers in free-to-attend sessions at the Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum. Plus, hear from renowned names leading the way for the SEND sector in the brand-new Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum keynote panel discussion.

Register free



Time Information
10:30 - 11:00
Welcome and Introduction
Duncan Casburn, PDA Dad UK, Devon Carers/DIAS/PDA Society

Welcome to our audience of parents, carers and teaching staff, and to speakers delivering presentations as part of the Forum.
11:00 - 11:30
Interview with David and Carrie Grant - 'what is a warrior parent and how do you survive and thrive as one?'
Duncan Casburn, PDA Dad UK, Devon Carers/DIAS/PDA Society

How do you balance being a BAFTA award winning broadcaster, TV presenter, vocal coach to the stars and most importantly, a parent to four children and young adults with SEND? Duncan aims to find out in this exclusive interview.
12:00 - 12:45
SEND, gender and intersectionality 
David Grant, Broadcaster, Campaigner and Parent to 4 Children with SEND,
Dr Carrie Grant MBE, Broadcaster, Campaigner and Parent to 4 children with SEND,

Understanding not just person-centred work but whole person-centred work across a number of intersections, race, neuro-divergence, sexuality, gender, adoption and trauma.
13:15 - 13:45
The SEND Green Paper: proposed changes to the SEND law framework
Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive and Solicitor, IPSEA

This session will summarise the key proposals for change in the SEND Green Paper.
14:00 - 14:30
A guide to understanding Educational Health Care plans
Emmanuel Awoyelu, Assistant Head Teacher, Eastbury Community School/Reach Out Project

This session will aim to look at the EHCP and its role in supporting children with SEND. We will explore what an EHCP is and briefly look into why EHCPs replaced ‘statements’, We’ll consider the good and the bad when obtaining an EHCP for a child, the process in getting an EHCP and how the government have proposed to make this better.
15:00 - 15:30
Building positive relationships between families and education providers throughout their journey
Sherann Hillman MBE, Head of Family Services , Seashell Trust