*** Free talk by Lorraine Peterson on SEND Reforms – 14th June 2017


The Hereford & Worcester Dyslexia Association would like to invite all to their 2017 AGM with guest speaker Lorraine Petersen OBE.

Lorraine is an expert in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and ex-chair of NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs).

The talk will be of special interest to teachers and parents.  She will look at the current impact of SEND reforms. For more details of the talk and the speaker, see below.

When: Wednesday June 14th from 7-9 p.m.   Doors open 6.45 p.m.

Where:  Perdiswell Young People’s Centre, Perdiswell Park, Droitwich Road, Worcester  WR3 7SN

Free entry, but please register your interest on Eventbrite, by going to Goo.gl/0QMjci – or search for ‘HWDA AGM’ at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Before Lorraine’s talk, we will hold a very brief AGM – for details see here.

This is an excellent opportunity for non-members to find out about HWDA’s activities in helping children and parents, and for teachers and parents to be updated on SEND reforms.

Lorraine will look at the current impact of SEND reforms

  • An introduction to the SEND reforms and the impact on schools and families especially for children with dyslexia.
  • National statistics around SEND.
  • National Curriculum and assessment (Primary and Secondary) changes and implications for children with Dyslexia (including access arrangements).
  • Training of teachers (especially in field of Dyslexia)
  • The increase in pupils with mental health needs.
  • What can we expect in the next two years?

About the Speaker Lorraine Petersen

From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was the CEO of NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs) and prior to that held a number of teaching posts within mainstream schools in Sandwell, West Midlands. She completed her 25 year teaching career as head teacher of two very diverse primary schools.

She has been involved in a number of projects with many agencies including the Department for Education (DfE). She has also been a chair, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Since November 2013 Lorraine has worked as an Independent Consultant supporting schools and local authorities to successfully implement the SEND reforms.

She is a Governor at Chadsgrove School and is currently the Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance. Lorraine was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2009.