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Eden Valley SEND Conference
19th March 2024

This event is for people with Learning disabilities and Neurodivergences, parents and Carers.

Professor Sue Buckley

Founder & CEO

Professor Sue Buckley will be talking about Effective ways to support speech, language and reading development across the curriculum for children with cognitive and language delay including those with autism

Jude Harrison-Smith


Educla centres provide an alternative provision for children and young people who are struggling in or excluded from school, or those awaiting a suitable education placement. Places can be short term or long term and either a few hours a week.

Professor Mahesh Sharma

Mahesh is the founder and President of the Centre for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics; former President & Professor of Mathematics Education at Cambridge College, expert in Dyscalculia.

Jacqui Taylor

CEO 4Eden

Jacqui is the Chief Executive Officer of 4Eden and will be talking to us about sensory overload.

4 Eden

Catherine Burn BEM

CEO Carlisle Mencap

Catherine is the Chief Executive at Carlisle Mencap and accountable for all our services. She has 25 years experience in the commercial, voluntary and community sector. 


Catherine will be talking to us about Direct Payments.

Carlisle Mencap

Annie Mawson MBE MRSM

Founder Sunbeams Music Trust

Sunbeams delivers Community Music Therapy to “hard-to-reach” people, building up their self-esteem, improving their quality of life and making a real difference to peoples’ lives. The interaction which takes place is profound, the social integration helping to eliminate discrimination and preconceptions held by the general public, as well as transforming the lives of our beneficiaries.


Annie will be telling us about her journey to becoming founder of Sunbeams Music For Life® and how that has changed the lives of so many in our community

Sunbeams Music For Life®.

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With 13 schools nationally, we offer Alternative Provision to Key Stages 3 and 4 students. Our provision provides tailored and supportive teaching that enables our students to either return to mainstream education, or positively progress post-Year 11.

Our Carlisle school accommodates up to 25 students in small groups, ensuring focused learning with teacher and mentor support. We offer a curated curriculum covering traditional subjects and enrichment activities, aiming to equip students with qualifications and interpersonal skills. Our enrichment lessons include diverse sports activities and work experience opportunities through partnerships with organisations such as Inspira, Shades, and Go Your Own Way.

Phillipa Skate

Head of Progress School Carlisle

We will be adding more information soon

We have a number of speakers lined up as well as information stands available on the day.

Run of the day




11.30 am





Doors open

Refreshments on arrival

Speakers start

These will be in the main conference space


Speakers start

These will be in the main conference space


Makaton Storytime

Event space

Speakers start

These will be in the main conference space

Event Close

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