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Special Education
– Inclusion,
Neurodivergence &
Employability

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Nick Evans

Evergreen School Headteacher

Nick is Headteacher at Evergreen School in Warwick. Evergreen School is an all-age school for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

 

He is hugely passionate about delivering innovative learning experiences and better outcomes for children and young people with learning difficulties. Despite what seems to be a national crisis with regards to SEND provision, Nick believes we must all look towards a brighter future for ALL young people and specifically those who might have so many barriers to overcome each day.

 

At last year's conference, Nick talked about how we can reshape our mindsets with regards to supporting young people with SEND. This year, he will focus on his vision, what the world should like for our amazing young people.

 

Throughout the day, you will hear from fantastic speakers on specific areas such as Autism, Employment for young people with SEND, the future of inclusion in the mainstream environment, and Nick will also share examples of some fantastic partnership work that has been going on between Evergreen and 1 Mill Street in Leamington.

ANITA GLEAVE

CEO & Founder, Chatsworth Schools

Anita Gleave has spent her whole career in the independent education sector and has a B.Ed and M.Ed in educational leadership and management having worked as a teacher, Head and Principal in schools across the UK and at Director level for three international school groups.

 

Anita is the Founder and CEO of Chatsworth Schools, founded in 2018, which owns fifteen schools and nurseries in the UK, and the Founder and CEO of Blenheim Schools, founded in 2021, which operates international schools – notably, Beech Hall School Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Chatsworth Schools was awarded Private School Operator of the year at the 2021, and Education Provider of the Year in 2022 at the renowned Education Investor Awards. The group’s educational philosophy is proudly inclusive and lives by its founding mission of enabling outstanding futures for all its children around the world.

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Steven Steinhaus

CEO and Co-Founder, Solihull Alternative Provision Multi Academy Trust

After completing his degree in The Teaching of English and career as an American Football player at The University of Illinois in the USA, Stephen Steinhaus turned down a professional wrestling contract to move as a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom to study for an MPhil in Shakespeare Studies and English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Steinhaus has now lived in England for 24 years. and, in April 2018 he opened Solihull Academy (an Alternative Provision Free School for students in danger of Permanent Exclusion). In the six years since then the Academy (and Trust) has continued to expand and became a Multi-Academy trust in September 2022.

 

In his spare time, he is or has been a singer and songwriter, music director and presenter of a number of festivals, a founding trustee director of The Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma, and a published poet. He has also blogged on a variety of educational, fitness and musical topics. Stephen sat on a panel for FF2023 and was inspired to speak this year based on the evolving opportunities for partnership across sectors engendered by the conference.

Amy Creatura

“An exceptionally effective leader” Ofsted

Amy has spent 15 years working in special education, 12 of which have been in school leadership as a Headteacher and Deputy Executive Principle. With time spent at both the grassroots and strategic levels of education organisations Amy has an in depth understanding of the sector.

 

Having seen how quality education can transform the lives of children with special needs, Amy is determined to drive improvement to the school system for them.

 

“I am delighted to be involved in this event, which has making a difference to children truly at it's core. Future Fwd using its platform to facilitate discourse around innovative SEND practice is a testament to its progressive nature."

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David Anthony

Director of Research, Learning and New Business Development, BeyondAutism

BA MSc PGCE QTS NASENCo FRSA
Practising Member of the UK-SBA.

David began his career as a special needs teacher in 2005 working with learners who had additional needs in special school settings.  He specifically worked with autistic learners and children with a diagnosis of ADHD and associated communication difficulties.

In 2015 David joined a not-for-profit organisation delivering outstanding education to autistic learners. He became a Director in 2023, after serving as Head of School, Head of Post-19 and leading on the organisation’s Outreach and Training services.

David is a graduate of the Institute of Education, University College London; Queen’s University Belfast; The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London; and the University of the Arts London.  David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

David has several interests related to autism and education which include the quality of life for autistic people and their families, resilience of learners, families and educators, and the impact of continuing professional development on learners’ progress and outcomes.

David serves as a community governor at his local mainstream primary school in the city of Southampton, Hampshire.

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