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SEN Breakfast Meeting 2015 - May 22, 2015

Pearson Assessment was delighted to host a breakfast event on the topic of SEN Reforms and the EHCPs on the 22nd May. We were joined by Malcolm Reeve, Director of Education for Special Needs and Disabilities, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), and Natalie Packer, a member of the AET SEND Team, Associate Consultant for nasen and an expert for Optimus' SEN Hub. 

Topics covered included:

SEN Code of Practice

  • SEN – the national picture from a school perspective
  • Overview of the SEND Reforms
  • Implications of the SEND reforms for schools
  • Leadership of SEN in school settings
  • Issues of identification and progress
  • Supporting improved outcomes for children with SEN

Areas of need & Cognition and Learning

  • The four broad areas of SEN need
  • Focus on Cognition and Learning
  • Provision for cognition and learning in English schools
  • Issues of outcomes and progress
  • Supporting better outcomes for children with cognition and learning needs

Thank you to our keynote speakers and everyone that attended. We hope you found the session informative. If you do have ideas for future events please contact our team at


About the speakers

Malcolm ReeveMalcolm Reeve

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

Malcolm has worked in the field of SEND for over thirty years. In addition to his wide experience working with children and young people with all types of cognitive, physical and complexity of learning difficulty, Malcolm has a wider brief in promoting the training and education of those working in the SEND field and sharing best practice. He continues to be involved in the design and creation of schools and other provisions for children with special educational needs. 

Malcolm has been Headteacher of three schools and one federation. He was Chief Executive of Columbus School and College from its establishment to December 2012, leading it to Outstanding. Last year Malcolm became Patron of the Centre Algarve holiday centre for people with special educational needs.


Natalie PackerNatalie Packer

Natalie Packer has a vast range of experience working in education and has always had a particular passion for ensuring children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities succeed. 

Natalie has had experience as an Interim Executive Headteacher in a Primary School. Prior to that, she worked for the National Strategies SEN Team as a Senior Adviser for Achievement for All, supporting the development of a highly successful programme aimed at improving outcomes for pupils with SEND.  

Natalie has been a Local Authority SEN Adviser and Advisory Teacher, working across primary, secondary and special schools to support the strategic and operational development of SEN. Before her Local Authority work, Natalie was a primary teacher and SENCO. 

Natalie spends some of her time working as an Associate Consultant for nasen and as an expert for Optimus' SEN Hub. She is also the author of 'The Perfect SENCO' publication.

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