Seminars & Workshops 2014

The following is a list of useful Seminars & Workshops which may be of interest to you.

  • Parent & Carer Information Day (07 May 2014)

    This conference is intended for Parents and Carers, Parent Support Groups and Charities and aims toprovide useful information, as well as an opportunity to network.


    • Dean Beadle has toured the UK for over seven years sharing his experiences of life with Asperger's Syndrome. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean's experience was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube. As a result he toured Australia and New Zealand in May 2013.

      He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism 'Autism in Practi

    • Melinda Nettleton qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 working for six years for a Local Authority. She was subsequently employed by the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and then went on to found SEN Legal approximately fifteen years ago.

      She is the mother of three children, the middle one of whom was Statemented throughout his primary and secondary education (including post 16) and has now completed his degree obtaining a First in Philosophy, which shows what children with Special Educational Needs can achieve if appropriately supported.

      After negotiating the minefield of Statementing for her own child, Melinda set up SEN Legal Ltd in order to help other parents in similar situations. SEN Legal are able to offer help and advice on a wide range of educational law issues including Statutory Assessments, Statementing, Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (“SEND”) Tribunal, Equality Act Appeals, School Exclusions and School Admission Appeals, Social Services provision (Core Assessments and Care Plans).

    • Bernardo Vega graduated in 1998, gaining a Special Needs teaching degree from Madrid's “Complutense University”. He has worked in specialist schools in New Zealand and UK since then.

      He gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorder in 1999 and a further diploma in 2001 (Manchester Met University). In 2009 Bernardo completed a Master's in Education at Derby University, with dissertation on the use of internet and social networking sites by young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

      Bernardo has a professional interest in Cyber Safety and Sex and Relationship's education for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Bernardo joined Alderwasley Hall School in 2003 as asKey Stage 3 and 4 Teacher and became PSHE co-ordinator since 2008. He has also been the schools' Assessment Manager since 2009. Member of PPSHE association and attends yearly training from the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre, for whom he is Ambassador.


    • 09.30am to 10:00am - Registration
      • Registration in the Refectory Alderwasley Hall Sixth Form Centre
    • 10:00am to 11:00am - E Safety-Bernardo Vega
      • The possibilities and risks associated with internet use for today's young people
      • Specific difficulties faced by young people with Asperger's and communication difficulties
      • Exploration of a range of resources and techniques parents can use to reduce risks
    • 11:30am to 12:30pm - The SEN Journey-Melinda Nettleton
      • The Journey from recognition of difficulties, to statementing, to the next hurdles in future placements
      • Support services
      • Summary of 'your rights' as a parents
      • The changing picture of the SEN process and what that means for you
    • 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Lunch
      • Please take the opportunity to visit our information stands and take a tour of the Sixth Form Centre with our student council members
    • 1:30pm to 2:45pm - Living with Asperger's- Dean Beadle
      • History and background
      • The important role of parents and schools
      • Using my skills and strengths to deal with life's issues in a positive way today

    Fee £15.00 per delegate - Closing date for bookings 28th April 2014.

    The information day is taking place at: Alderwasley Hall Sixth Form Centre, Derby Road, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4BN

    To book, call 01629 822 586 or click here to download the booking form.

  • The New Education, Health & Care Plans Changes to SEN Funding Essentials You NEED to Know (17 May 2014)

    The New Education, Health & Care Plans Changes to SEN Funding Essentials You NEED to Know (17 May 2014)

    Presentation by John Friel and Melinda Nettleton

    The workshop will be presented by Leading Education Barrister John Friel and SEN Specialist Solicitor Melinda Nettleton from SEN Legal Ltd.

    Who would benefit from this workshop - Parents/carers who have a child with Special Educational Needs, SENCO's and professionals involved in working or supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

    EHC Plans. The Children & Families Act has now received Royal Assent and implementation is proposed on 1st September 2014.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Where Are We Now?
    • What are The Main Changes?
    • How Do They Affect Processes/Practical Application?
    • What are the Implications for Parents?
    • How Will The New Legislation Affect Children Who Already Have a Statement?

    Changes to SEN Funding.

    The workshop will cover:

    • How does funding work?
    • How do the funding changes affect the SEN legal framework?

    Fee: £40.00 per person
    Please provide own lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

    The seminar takes place from 10:00am to 2:00pm at HACS, Dudley Place, Off Pinkwell Lane, Hayes UB3 1PB (free public car park).

    To book please contact Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support by telephoning 0208 606 6780, faxing 0208 606 6781 or e-mailing

    Click here to download the leaflet & booking form.