Annual ‘Meeting Individual Needs Conference’ Goes from Strength to Strength

Right Honourable David Blunkett, MP

Packed with critically acclaimed educationalists, the annual ‘Meeting Individual Needs Conference’ builds on the success of last year’s event, which was closed by former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, the Right Honourable David Blunkett, MP.

“Inspirational teaching and the belief that every young person, whatever their challenge, has something to offer, is at the heart of every successful school and college.

Right Honourable David Blunkett, MP

Mr Blunkett’s speech last year focused on the need for, and impact of, inspirational teaching and included examples from his own life to illustrate, as well as what he aspired to do as Education Secretary.

The six-day conference, which launched on the 11th of November is hosted by Bradford College in partnership with education providers and schools from across West Yorkshire. It aims to provide opportunities for delegates to meet, share and discuss provision for children and young people with a range of needs.

Speaking during last year’s event, David Blunkett said: “Inspirational teaching and the belief that every young person, whatever their challenge, has something to offer, is at the heart of every successful school and college. Seeing the person and not the disability, never taking no for an answer and drawing on the talent of each individual, is what the best teachers achieve naturally. Celebrating success and diversity is what this event is all about and I’m very pleased to have been invited to participate.”

Conference highlights this year include keynotes from award winning educationalist Lorraine Petersen, OBE, former CEO of nasen, the leading organisation in the UK for special needs information; Dr. Jean Conteh, author and leading academic of Primary Education, in particular English as an Additional Language and bilingual learners; Kieran McDermott, a leader in education transformation and CEO of One Education Ltd; Professor Mel Ainscow, CBE, author, Professor of Education, consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF and Save the Children and former Government’s Chief Adviser.  To read more on the keynote biographies visit:

David Howard, event organiser and Head of School Partnerships at Bradford College said: “This is a major conference focusing on meeting individual needs, not just special educational needs. It’s for educationalists, students, parents, governors and people who work in schools. It is designed to get researchers from various institutions, practitioners and people currently working in education sharing their experiences and knowledge on the breath of individual needs.  This can be anything from ‘special educational needs’, ‘gifted and talented’ to ‘meeting the needs of refugees or travellers’ – it’s huge in terms of its remit and breadth.  In this context ‘individual needs’ refers to inclusive polices & practices to celebrate the individual.”

The conference/events will involve schools in West Yorkshire, Bradford College University Centre and other educational providers opening their doors for attendees to experience, first-hand, excellent provision.  

Experts will provide information and insights on a variety of subjects including: Autism, Supporting Learners with ADHD, Child Sex Exploitation and the Influence of Social Media, Loss and Bereavement, Anti – Bullying and Disability as well as presenting their research findings.

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