The Special Educational Needs (SEN) community descended on the Business Design Centre last week for the TES SEN Show, organised by MA Exhibitions.
The event on 6-7 October was the first edition to take place following its acquisition by the organiser earlier this year from TES Global Limited.
The show saw a significant increase in visitor numbers this year and provided visitors, speakers and exhibitors with a vibrant, reinvigorated event.
Managing director of MA Exhibitions, Ed Tranter commented: “The 2017 SEN Show provided all the resources, ideas, advice and CPD training to offer attendees the tools and skills to help all pupils achieve, which was particularly exciting for me as SEN Governor for my children’s primary school.
“It was great for the first SEN Show organised by MA Exhibitions to also be the 25th anniversary edition of this event. We are proud to have had a diverse range of exhibitors, special features and a fantastic education programme, on an event that delivered attendance up nearly 60 per cent from 2016.”
Lord Jim Knight, Tes Global Ltd.’s Chief Education Adviser, opened the show and welcomed over 4,800 senior leaders, teachers, SENCO’s, support staff and parents from across the sector. The DfE, NAHT, Ofsted, Rochford Review and Made by Dyslexia held a live panel debate shortly after Friday’s opening, getting the show off to a fantastic start.
Seminar rooms were full to the brim due to a refreshing program packed with an engaging mix of expert speakers from the UK and abroad, covering the most important and useful SEN topics, exploring the latest research, trends and ideas.
Beverley Walters, head of content for the show added: “The Tes SEN Show 2017 set high standards to deliver a powerful programme to support the SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25, and in doing so has not only highlighted the importance of this piece of legislation but brought it to life. Providing innovative resources and effective, practical CPD, the Tes SEN Show continues to raise the profile and awareness of SEN, while inspiring a generation of education professionals, parents and carers.
“The success of the show is an illustration of the dedication and commitment of practitioners and resource providers, to raising aspirations and empowering the most vulnerable children and young people. I am thrilled at the response to this event and proud to be part of the team that made it happen.”