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SEND Event hosted by Pearson and AET

On Friday 10 June, Pearson are hosting a free morning meeting in central London in partnership with Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), on the topic of social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

A spotlight on Wishmore Cross Academy, led by Jeremy Donnelly, Headteacher and Maria Cross, Vice Principal, will explore how one school has ensured that children aren’t deprived of their liberties. By employing a joined-up strategy for SEMH, Wishmore Cross combine nurture training, therapeutic practices, restorative justice, restraint reduction, staff training and other interventions to support their students with SEMH needs.

Kat Dockery, SENDCo at Greenwood Academy and Specialist Leader in Education, will share her experiences of being involved in a joint DfE-NHS mental health pilot across 200 schools in England.

If you work in education or are interested in how to support students’ social, emotional and mental health as part of the SEND reforms, then this session is for you!


Event details and registration

Location: Central London (venue: 8 Northumberland Avenue Hotel, Victoria Meeting room Ground Floor, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY)

Date: June 10, 2016

Time: Arrival 8.30am for 9am start. Finish 12.45pm to 1pm

Cost: Free event

Speakers: Malcolm Reeve - Executive Director for SEND & Inclusion at AET, Jeremy Donnelly is the Principal at Wishmore Cross Academy, Maria Taylor – Vice Principal at Wishmore Cross Academy, and Kat Dockery – SENDCo at Greenwood Academy and Specialist Leader in Education.


Malcolm ReeveAbout Malcolm Reeve

Malcolm Reeve is Executive Director for SEND & Inclusion at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) - the UK’s largest academy chain. Malcolm is a National Leader of Education and a Member of the National SEND Forum.

Malcolm has worked in the field of special education since 1981. Initially in the adult sector, he moved to schools in 1984 and taught in the comprehensive system in Shropshire focusing on children with moderate learning difficulties.



Jeremy DonnellyAbout Jeremy Donnelly

Jeremy Donnelly is Principal at Wishmore Cross Academy which is part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).  Wishmore Cross Academy is a 70 place Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) for boys aged 9-16. 

Jeremy has thirty five years experience in the education sector with experience of mainstream secondary, severe learning difficulties and particularly SEMH. Jeremy has worked for ten years as a self-employed Ofsted Inspector working in the Special Educational Needs department working with HMI throughout the country.



Maria Taylor

About Maria Taylor 

Maria Taylor is Vice Principal at Wishmore Cross Academy. Maria is a national trainer in Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA) and has recently completed a BSc in Restraint Reduction with the University of Wolverhampton. 

She also has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from the Institute of Education.  Maria has worked in education since 1998 and has been working with pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs since 2002.



Kat DockeryAbout Kat Dockery

Kat is a SENDCo in a mainstream secondary Academy in Birmingham. Formerly a science teacher, Kat became Head of a Specialist ASC Resource Base within her setting before taking the role of SENDCo.

She has been deployed as a Specialist Leader in Education for Academies Enterprise Trust and the London Leadership Strategy supporting School-to-School SEND Reviews. Kat has worked with schools locally providing peer to peer support for provision development.

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