This workshop will provide attendees with a solid understanding of common special educational needs. It will provide you with the skill set to identify possible signs of need, an in-depth understanding of each need and strategies to put in place at home and at school. We will also cover your rights with regard to in-school support, funding and applying for Education Health Care Plans.

Workshop Outline:

  • 45 minute talk on common SEN needs with activities
  • Q&A session led by The SEN Expert
  • Networking opportunity – attendees are encouraged to share their experiences with one and another and form a working group.


This workshop will be delivered by The SEN Expert, which was set up by Claire Walley in 2020 following a successful career spanning 12 years in school improvement, special educational needs, safeguarding and the arts.

Claire has worked as a Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Consultant and SENCo in both state and private schools in inner-city London, the South-West, the Midlands and the USA. Claire has a First-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, hence her creative approach to SEN.

She has also secured a PGCE in Art and Design, the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership) and the Inclusive Leadership Award.

Claire secured Gold Flagship status from the Inclusion Quality Mark at her last school.

Claire was awarded NASENCo Level 7 (The National Award for SEN Co-ordination) from Exeter University.

Throughout her career, Claire has ensured good outcomes for the young people and schools she has worked with.


Laura, Teacher, London

“Claire’s knowledge of the diversity and complexity of children’s needs is outstanding and the mechanisms and practices she has at her disposal means she is a trusted pair of hands when it comes to everything SEND.”

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