MA Exhibitions delighted at results as crowds flock to the 2017 Tes SEN Show, the UK’s largest special educational needs show

10 October 2017

MA Exhibitions delighted at results as crowds flock to the 2017 Tes SEN Show, the UK’s largest special educational needs show

On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2017, the SEN community came together in their thousands for the Tes SEN Show at London’s Business Design Centre, the first time the award-winning business, MA Exhibitions, has run the event since acquiring it earlier this year. The show saw a significant increase in visitor numbers this year and provided visitors, speakers and exhibitors with a vibrant, reinvigorated event.

Managing Director of MA Exhibitions, Ed Tranter stated, ‘The 2017 SEN Show provided all the resources, ideas, advice and CPD training to offer attendees the tools and skills to help all pupils achieve, which was particularly exciting for me as SEN Governor for my children’s primary school. It was great for the first SEN Show organised by MA Exhibitions to also be the 25th anniversary edition of this event. We are proud to have had a diverse range of exhibitors, special features and a fantastic education programme, on an event that delivered attendance up nearly 60% from 2016.’

Lord Jim Knight, Tes Global Ltd.’s Chief Education Adviser, opened the show and welcomed over 4,800 senior leaders, teachers, SENCO’s, support staff and parents from across the sector. The DfE, NAHT, Ofsted, Rochford Review and Made by Dyslexia held a live panel debate shortly after Friday’s opening, getting the show off to a fantastic start.

Seminar rooms were full to the brim due to a refreshing program packed with an engaging mix of expert speakers from the UK and abroad, covering the most important and useful SEN topics, exploring the latest research, trends and ideas.

Beverley Walters, Head of content for the Tes SEN Show says, ‘The Tes SEN Show 2017 set high standards to deliver a powerful programme to support the SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25, and in doing so has not only highlighted the importance of this piece of legislation but brought it to life. Providing innovative resources and effective, practical CPD, the Tes SEN Show continues to raise the profile and awareness of SEN, while inspiring a generation of education professionals, parents and carers. The success of the Show is an illustration of the dedication and commitment of practitioners and resource providers, to raising aspirations and empowering the most vulnerable children and young people. I am thrilled at the response to this event and proud to be part of the team that made it happen'.

On top of the informative lectures allowing visitors to increase CPD, and the impressive show features, over 150 exhibitors from across the sector demonstrated their cutting-edge products and vital services in action.

Headline sponsors of the show, Prospero Teaching, described the show as the ‘best show ever’.

One of the fantastic features of the show was the Parent and Carer Forum on Saturday 7th. As some parents and carers may find it daunting to enter the school environment and question professionals, the show provided the perfect opportunity to speak to teachers outside of the school environment.

Not only this, but at the end of day one, the show held the special feature ‘TeachMeet,’ a semi-formal CPD event allowing teachers to share best practice and insights.

As well as this, educational presentations were delivered in the Exhibitor spotlight and Exhibitor Workshop Theatres enabling the audience to see products in action and visualise how these could be used in their classroom setting.