Events & Workshops


SWASEND FORUM – a regular forum for teachers
28th March – 23rd May – 27th June 2022 at 16.00 for approx I hr


Inclusion – From the Inside Out
Friday 28th January. 9:00-14:00


How would you like to understand…
How changing the words we use can change lives?
Why differentiation is the wrong word and kindness is the key?
What an SEN pupil feels during a school day?
What prejudices some pupils deal with daily?
Why someone can get 20,000 more negative comments by the age of 12 than their peers?

A day focussed on fostering understanding and compassion.
A chance to let go of ‘This is how it has always been’
and to vision ‘This is where we want to reach’

Anita Hempenius, previously SENCo, Class Teacher, ADHD coach, Educational Consultant and Director of SWASEND, will guide the day’s work. Diagnosed as ADHD herself, she is currently doing a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology with the aim of putting the Positive in SEND.

Short Lectures, Video Clips, Group Discussions, Quizzes & Practical Activities
The conference is especially suitable for all adults who work with children – parents, teachers, senior leadership and vision builders, trustees holding the leadership to account and, of course, SENDCos.

Cost: £30 to include recording of the event (non-refundable) £20 current SWASEND members
The day will be recorded and available at a cost of £20 for those unable to participate on the day.

To Register contact: or download registration form here


SWASEND informal sharing event

Zoom – Monday 13th December 2021 @ 16:00  to register your interest in joining please contact us at



Saturday 9th October 2021. 10:00-16:00. Alder Bridge Steiner School.

SWASEND invites senior leaders, SENDCos, designated trustees for SEND, learning support teachers and teaching assistants, to a day of inspiration and fellowship.

Anita Hempenius & Jenny Wragg from Education Without Exceptions will take colleagues on a quest to discover what we all need to ensure ours become truly inclusive schools and what SWASEND can provide to support this.

£50 per delegate. 10% discount for existing SWASEND members and for groups of 2 or more from a school – £45 each

To register places for this event, please contact

It has been 2 ½ years since we last had the opportunity to be together, learning, inspiring and gleaning from each other. That was March 2019 at Wynstones! Now, we’ve emerged from our isolation and webinar overdoses, and we meet an unmissable opportunity to come together again and be inspired by 2 colleagues with particular passion, interest and expertise.  

Join us for a “Sensing Journey – building an inclusion ethos, focusing on strengths and turning SEND upside down”

The day will be particularly relevant for School Leaders, SENDCos, Learning Support Teachers, Designated Trustees for SEND and Teaching Assistants. 

Those attending the day will be guided and given the opportunity to: 

  • put Steiner Waldorf provision at the centre and look at the living beings of their school through a different lens
  • Listen to one another – the words as well as the space between 
  • Let go of personal and organisational biases
  • Let co-creation of new impulses and prototyping new directions and actions grow
  • Be inspired, enthusiastic and hopeful about the future!


Anita Hempenius – has worked as a class and learning support teacher, SENCo and Inclusion Manager in the UK and internationally.  She provides support and ADHD coaching via  She is an educational consultant and works with Jenny Wragg at Education without Exceptions.  Anita is based in Gloucester.

Jenny Wragg has experience as a tutor, class teacher in both mainstream and Steiner Waldorf education.  She is a contributor on adult training seminars including West of England Steiner Teacher Training (WESTT) and Prelude Steiner Waldorf Foundation course.  She is co-founder of Education Without Exception supporting, mentoring and coaching staff in schools and home-hubs. 

To register places for this event, please contact


CPD Courses 2019/2020

9 Continuing Professional Development Opportunities provided by SWASEND

As part of Align for Learning 2019/20 – includes Class Screening from Kindergarten to Upper School / Dyslexia the diagnostic criteria / Autism developing the capacity for “curious empathy” / The Perfect SENCo / Numeracy for ALL Learners / The INPP Classroom Programme / Visual Processing / Auditory Processing / Attachment

For more details click here


CPD Workshop 9th March 2019

Establishing Structures That Ensure Quality Teaching for Every Learner

Saturday 9th March 2019.   9:30am-2:30pm. Wynstones, Whaddon Glos.

This Workshop is for SENDCos, Learning Support Teachers, Therapists, Designated SEN+D Trustees and Teacher Trainers and will explore how we can effect positive change, how the SENDCo can be an effective teacher developer and how we can best evidence excellence in our classrooms…read more here.

Coming soon…

…more details about the forthcoming Align for Learning training seminar for Class and Subject teachers and any teacher seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of meeting the needs of all learners.


CPD Courses 2017/2018

7 Continuing Professional Development Opportunities provided by SWASEND

As part of Align for Learning 2017 the following will be open modules: Is There Progress? / The Autistic Learner / What’s IQ got to do with it? / Attachment and Stress / What the Eye can tell / Why Can’t they Crawl? / The Perfect SENCo

Align For Learning 2017

Align for Learning is a part-time, intensive course over 15 months. There will be 12 weekend modules – Friday evening to mid-day on Sunday, with intensive weeks at spring and summer.


The following is a list of some of the possible topics that are offered to schools or regional colleague groups as part of teachers’ continuing professional development. All courses can be adapted to suit individual schools’ needs.


Auditory processing – creating empathy for the child who struggles to process what their ears perceive and developing good classroom scaffolding for these learners while gaining an overview of the neurological aspects of auditory perception and development.

Differentiation – meeting the needs of a wide range of learning needs and challenges while aiming high and stretching effectively. Good differentiation involves focused and efficient planning taking into account the Graduated Approach, differentiated delivery, individuated processing tasks and a palette of assessment tools. This day workshop will help teachers develop necessary skills to meet and provide for their learners whether they struggle to acquire skills, present along the continuum of Gifted and Talented or whether they are “Twice Exceptional” demonstrating both struggles and the need to be effectively stretched.

The Graduated Approach – in conjunction with the SEND Code of Practice 2014, this approach helps SENCOs, Classroom Teachers, Senior Management plan effective, transparent and professional provision and documentation for school-wide learners of all ages and abilities.

The INPP Classroom Programme – developed by Sally and Peter Blythe, this movement programme has substantial evidence–based research showing the benefits implementing this programme into the classroom as part of the daily morning routine. Taking only 15 minutes per day of consistent commitment, this programme will support healthy motor and sensory development for all children.

The training involves an overview of motor and sensory development with particular consideration of the healthy integration of primitive reflexes and the impact on learning should these not mature adequately. Participants will gain skills in assessing for aberrant reflex development, balance and visual processing, as well as learning the movement exercises designed to address these concerns.

Classroom Screening: early identification is key to providing quality education. This day workshop looks at screening designed specifically for the range of age groups from the early years through to upper school. Participants will be introduced to aspects of learners’ representational and expressive skills from drawings to essay structuring, standardised literacy and numeracy tests as well as, where age appropriate, movement, balance and co-ordination development.