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Courses

Understanding the new SEND Code of Practice - a course for all schools and colleges

This course examines the most significant changes to SEN provision reflected in the new SEND Code of Practice, including the wider age range to which it applies and the new emphasis on preparing young people for adulthood. The stronger emphasis on parents\\\' and children\\\'s and young people\\\'s participation in needs assessments and in local authority planning is discussed.and possible problems in carrying this out are identified. The new approaches to assessing SEN are discussed in detail and the effects that this may have on provision for pupils. The range of ways in which provision will be able to be funded are examined. and some case study examples are given. Statutory responsibility for joint commissioning of services by the Education, Health and Social Care agencies is explained The specific implications of all these changes are discussed for Early Years providers, Schools - mainstream and special, primary and secondary, independent and academies ; FE providers, and Young Adult services.

Preparing the Special School for inspection under the new OFSTED framework

This course reviews the recent changes in the OFSTED framework for September 2015. It examines the particular implications for special schools and suggests ways of ensuring that every aspect of a school’s performance is visible to the inspectors. Delegates are encouraged and aided to develop a checklist to help teaching staff prepare fully to demonstrate their classroom skills. Suitable for members of the Senior Leadership team.

Child Protection Training

Child Protection training This Child Protection training covers all the aspects which every member of staff in schools and colleges needs to know, laying out clearly responsibilities under the 2015 Statutory Guidance. It deals with issues around relationships with parents and looks at ways of safeguarding against the new threats arising from children\\\'s use of the internet, Female Genital Mutilation and the possibilities of radicalisation.

Safeguarding training for Senior Leadership teams and School Governors

The training reviews the new Safeguarding legislation and summarises changes to the duties and responsibilities of the Senior Leadership Team and the school Governors. It reviews in detail requirements for recording and reporting issues of concern, necessary policies, Safe Recruitment and Disclosing and Barring regulations, and suggests formats and proformas to assist in developing the necessary procedures. It summarises guidance for the management of allegations against members of staff and looks at the new requirements on schools to protect their pupils from radicalisation.

Teaching Pupils with Autism – An Introduction

This course covers the diagnosis and what we know about the causes of autism. It discusses sensory processing, anxiety, challenging behaviour and communication and looks at the various approaches which have been found to help these pupils to learn, including use of visual structure and different modes of communication. This course provides an excellent foundation for teaching staff starting out in a classroom with pupils with asd.

Understanding and Managing Bizarre and Challenging Behaviour

This course continues from where the Introductory course finished. It recaps the diagnosis and what is known about the causes of Autism. It goes on to look in more depth at the causes of challenging behaviour – discussing likely triggers and how to identify them, the possibility of sensory assessment, the changes due to the onset of puberty. We look at adaptations to the physical and human environments, exchange of information with parents and various non- confrontational and de-escalation techniques – such as Gentle Teaching and Team Teach. Suitable for teachers in ASD classes or units and for Senior Managers

Approaches to PSHE for pupils with special educational needs

This course covers the statutory requirements for PSHE and the non-statutory guidance. It looks at planning and curriculum development and gives formats for planning and target-setting across the range of P-scales and early National Curriculum levels. It discusses approaches to teaching some of the concepts fundamental to PSHE but difficult for many pupils with SEN to access and offers many practical suggestions. Suitable for teachers and for PSHE Co-ordinators

Sex and Relationships Education for pupils with SEN

This course examines the status of SRE within the special school curriculum. It looks in detail at the statutory Guidance. Approaches to teaching intimate content to pupils with communication difficulties and language delay are suggested and demonstrated with visual material. The required content of an SRE policy, and methods of recording and assessing progress are discussed. Suitable for teachers and for PSHE Co-ordinators

Approaches to Literacy for children with special needs: Phonics, Whole Word Recognition and Interactive Books

This course looks at the different approaches to literacy that may be required to meet the diverse needs of pupils within a special school. It briefly examines phonics teaching and how to identify pupils who will benefit, and looks at some of the various schemes available. It looks at alternative approaches for pupils who are visual learners and demonstrates some interactive teaching techniques including the use of Social Stories and Cartoon conversations. It concludes with a discussion on how to write a policy which encompasses the full breadth of the literacy approaches used in your school in a format acceptable to OFSTED under the new framework. Suitable for Teachers and Literacy Subject Leaders.

Encouraging children who are reluctant to write

In this course we examine the many and varied barriers to children writing freely and creatively.  those created by various kinds of learning difficulty: ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia - and examine a range of interventions which help to overcome them.  those arising from social and emotional problems  the different topics and approaches enjoyed by boys and girls. We examine the place of Writing in the new Primary Curriculum, the importance of teaching it across the curriculum, and investigate ways of developing writing skills in all subjects. Finally we look at the importance of individual targets and feed back in maintaining motivation and reflect on ways of recording and demonstrating progress. Suitable for teachers in Primary classes. and for Literacy Subject Leaders

Enjoying and Making Progress in Maths in the Special School.

In this course we discuss the problems of keeping Maths interesting and making it relevant for pupils working from low P levels up to NC level 2. We look at the teaching of mathematical concepts, the stage at which pupils may become capable of abstraction and the imaginative use of resources to support differentiation and maintain progression. We conclude with an examination of Schemes of Work for Maths. Suitable for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Maths Subject Leaders