JMB Education Conference 2019


Tuesday 21 May 2019

JMB Education Conference 2019

Unlocking Potential: Support for All, Some and Few in the Secondary School. Inclusion - Intervention - Innovation

Event date: 19/09/2019 Export event

The aim of our Conference this year is to offer peer and specialist-delivered workshops on emerging developments in special needs education as well as offering opportunities for you to interact with policy makers, practitioners, specialists, support services and relevant commercial enterprises.

We intend to leave our participants – principals, chairpersons, deputy principals, SENCOs and teachers – with greater clarity around policy,
practice and possibilities for inclusive and innovative teaching and learning for all our students.

As well as a series of relevant workshops, we will have two engaging keynote addresses from:

  • Dr Tim O’Brien, Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development, UCL Institute of Education


  • Dr Johanna Fitzgerald, Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College with a particular interest in the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinators, teacher professional learning, and inclusive and special education

Registration will open mid-August 2019


Two concurrent workshop sessions will be presented in the morning and afternoon. Each Conference participant may choose two workshops.


Leadership for Inclusion:

Mr. Joe Lynch, Psychotherapist, educationalist and former SENCO

  • The Special Education Agenda for Principals, Deputies and SENCOs
  • Achieving Whole-School Awareness and Action
  • The Leadership Mind-Set

The New Model of SEN Evaluation:

Ms. Shirley Murphy, Senior SEN Inspector

  • Policy and Process
  • Your Inspectors’ Expectations
  • Supporting Positive Change

Progression and Employment:

Ms. Catherine Kelly, Director of WALK

  • Considering Post-school Destinations for Students with SEN
  • What Happens When Students Reach 18?
  • Emerging Learning and Employment Options

Supporting Students with Autism:

Dr Patsy Daly, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and
Dr Fiona McCaffrey, Director of Research, Middletown Centre for Autism

  • Maximising Social and Educational Experience and Outcomes
  • Managing anxiety in young people with ASD
  • Towards Inclusive Language and Universal Design

Students in Crisis – Working with Mental Health Professionals:

Dr Aileen Murtagh, Assistant Medical Director 
with Special Responsibility for Adolescent 
Mental Health Services & Consultant Child & Adolescent 
Psychiatrist, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin
  • Mental Health Difficulties in the Classroom
  • Referral Criteria and Service Pathways
  • CAMHS Service Provision

Succeeding with Assistive Technologies:

Mr. James Northridge, Founder and CEO, UrAbility

  • Technology to Support Universal Engagement & Inclusion
  • Technology Tools to Empower Good Teaching for All
  • Insights on how Technology can Enhance Learning for Free!

What Should SENCOs Do?!

Ms. Davina Walsh, CBS Sexton St., Limerick and
Ms. Deirdre Bourke, Scoil Pól, Kilfinane

  • Two Current Co-ordinators Share ‘What Works’ for Their Schools
  • Managing Expanding Demands
  • Creating an Effective Team & Engaging the Whole Staff

Providing for English Language and SEN Support:

Ms. Colette Kearney and
Ms. Narrell Byrne, Mount Sion CBS, Waterford

  • Strategies for meaningful inclusion in teaching
  • Helping EAL students navigate curricular and social landscapes
  • Working with parents and teachers

Your Regional NCSE Team:

Mr. Gerard Hogan, SENO, NCSE Galway

  • Working in Partnership with your SENO, Visiting Teachers and Advisors
  • How to Engage your Regional NCSE Team
  • Emerging Policy on SNAs and Therapeutic Supports