A support group for families with children who have Down's Syndrome in Monmouthshire, the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas. Registered Charity No. 1142198

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5th Annual Education Conference

Down’s Syndrome – What works?

Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran NP44 3UW

Thursday, 17 October 2013


8.30     Registration and Coffee


9.00     How inclusion worked for me – Sara Pickard who has Down’s Syndrome


9.30     Keynote: ‘Accessing the Curriculum – Developing Language and Literacy Skills through Differentiated Learning’ – Cecilie Mackinnon

This keynote focuses upon the language and learning profiles of children with Down’s Syndrome and shows how the development of language and literacy skills is critical to their cognitive development. It illustrates how the curriculum can be used to develop literacy and reading skills and how to differentiate, use and adapt methods and resources to develop reading and writing skills.


11.00   Coffee


11.30   Keynote: ‘Accessing Life’ – fun, friends, family and a functional identity – expectations and making it work – Victoria Ralfs 

This keynote focuses on what our children need to navigate their way through the world and how our expectations as families and professionals can enable an environment that is enabling not disabling. Inspiring staff working from early years and beyond to prioritise the really important aspects of our children’s development, making the most of their key strengths and equipping them to enjoy what the rest of us take for granted.


12.30   Lunch


13.30   Experience of inclusion from the point of view of a Teaching Assistant – Beth Pickard


14.00   Workshop:‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ – Why sexuality and relationships education must be at the core of our children’s teaching and learning – Victoria Ralfs

This workshop will look at why, when, how and what to use. SRE starts from Reception in how it teaches our children the building blocks of what they need to know about their bodies, boundaries, and how to enjoy successful, safe relationships.


15.00   Coffee


15.15   Workshop: ‘Using Numicon to develop Numeracy and Mathematics Skills’ – Cecilie Mackinnon

This session is an introduction to Numicon. It focuses on how Numicon’s action, imagery and conversation approach is particularly efficient in developing a secure understanding of the number system for children with Down syndrome. It looks at the language and learning profiles and identifies the strategies and resources that can be used to overcome the difficulties that impact upon the development of numeracy and mathematical concepts for children with Down’s Syndrome.

Participants in this session have the option to enrol for a full-day Numicon training session free of charge at the end of this session.


16.15   Close

 For futher details please email : 21plus.k.barker@gmail.com

2012 Inclusion Conference

21 Plus is pleased to announce their 2012 Inclusion Conference Supporting Children with Down’s Syndrome at School and at Home on Friday, 12 October 2012 at Alice Springs Golf Club, Usk.

This event has been organised by 21 Plus with support from the Down’s Syndrome Association.  The conference is suitable for all staff involved in teaching and supporting pupils with Down’s Syndrome in both mainstream and special educational settings at primary and secondary stages. It is relevant to educational psychologists and other professionals involved in planning and managing input to schools as well as to parents of children with Down’s Syndrome.  There is also a workshop, which will be of interest to those providing non-school based activities that include children with Down’s Syndrome, such as clubs and leisure centres.

If you have not attended an educational conference on Down’s Syndrome before you will be introduced to the learning profile of pupils and the principles of differentiation which can support and include these children.  For delegates who have attended previously this conference will build on your existing knowledge and include a focus on literacy and maths skills in primary and secondary education settings, improve your understanding and management of behaviour and help you to include speech and language therapy activities into the school day.

During the day there will be opportunities to ask questions and to share experiences with colleagues, parents, experts in education from the Down’s Syndrome Association and a speech and language therapist who specialises in Down’s syndrome.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For further information and to book places please contact Katharina Barker:


The agenda for the conference is available here: Inclusion Conference 2012 (PDF)