INSET Day @ John Smith’s Stadium with Professor Barry Carpenter

Monday October 30th 2017


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INSET Day @ John Smith's Stadium with Professor Barry Carpenter

Monday October 30th 2017


All staff from Ravenshall School in addition to colleagues from Fairfield School attended a full day’s conference led by Barry Carpenter CBE OBE PhD with the theme of ‘Decoding Complexity: Who are the Children with Complex Needs in the 21st Century?’


Barry Carpenter has a vast knowledge base of SEND, having a career spanning 30 years, in which he has held positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, School Principal and Director of Centre for Special Education at Westminster College Oxford.  He was also appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project.  He is the author of over 150 articles and texts as well as the author of a number of specialist SEND books.





His input covered looking at the changing complexity of children with SEND and how we need to adapt our teaching to meet their needs, the importance of engagement and how teachers need to ensure learning is taking place, the growing prevalence of mental health issues (particularly in girls) and how this impacts learning and well-being and the effects of premature birth on the brain’s development and how we must adapt our teaching to engage such complex learners.

Feedback from staff indicates the day was a huge success with new learning and the desire to increase their knowledge-base in a wide range of specialist areas.  These next steps for staff will be a measure of the true impact of the day on the achievement and development of pupils here at Ravenshall.




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