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Paul Bray

Training Lead

SEND International

Paul Bray (BA PGCE NPQH MEd) is an Ofqual regulated Safeguarding Trainer, Thrive Practitioner, and Principal Team-Teach Tutor with over 25 years of experience at every key stage of education, within both mainstream SEND provisions. He developed International School Links with Vietnam on behalf of The British Council and has provided support for families internationally as a speaker for the South African based ‘It Takes a Village conference. Paul is a member of Plymouth Marjon University's Professional Advisory Group and has taught the SEND Studies degree course. He has become renowned for his work in supporting individuals and families to navigate the difficult transition into adulthood, particularly for those with special educational needs. He has been a speaker at the National Association of Colleges conference, The National Children's Bureau conference, and the World Education Summit. Paul was a speaker and delivered a workshop at GESS Conference in 2022. He is also appearing as a panelist on GESS Talks 'Safeguarding in Schools' Webinar. In 2021 Paul wrote his first SEND resource book for Routledge Publishers. He has designed and developed training packages for SEND International, Team-Teach, parent groups, and professionals in education, health, and social services, including Local Education Authorities. Paul has been featured in numerous publications, including the National Association for Special Education Needs (NASEN) and The Guardian newspaper.


30 October, 2023 | 15:00 to 15:20
Understanding and Responding to Behaviours that Challenge

The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving ways” We are social animals, for us it is all about relationships. For some of the children we support, who may be neurodivergent, certain relationships can be overwhelming and certain situations can trigger significant responses. These children may need to seek the security of control as they navigate a neurotypical world. We all seek control of our environments and relationships in different ways at different times, using various methods of communication through our behaviour. At times the communication shared in relationships can be misunderstood. As adults, we can interpret these behaviours as simply being ‘challenging’. As professionals that support children whose communication is often misinterpreted, we should look towards the possible functions of these behaviours to decipher the intended communication, and in doing so respond appropriately. Through relationships, behaviours can change.

01 November, 2023 | 11:00 to 11:45
Safeguarding in Schools: Key Challenges and Effective Solutions

Join our leading panel of experts as they delve into the critical topic of safeguarding in schools. This engaging panel will shed light on the key challenges faced by educational institutions when it comes to ensuring the safety and well-being of students. Our panelists will share their insights, experiences, and best practices, offering practical solutions to tackle these challenges head-on