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SEND training events and courses

Training events and courses for professionals who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Are you a teaching assistant who works with a child or young person with a sensory loss?

This Virtual School for Sensory Support course run over five full days will consist of theory and practical activities to develop skills for working with children and young people across early years, schools, complex needs schools and colleges.

Accreditation at BTEC Advanced level requires course attendance on all five days and task based activities. It also requires a commitment to produce five assignments and study time outside of the study days.

Dates:

  • 20 September 2019 - Introduction to sensory impairment and special educational needs provision
  • 15 October 2019 - Understanding of hearing loss and personal amplification/understanding the impact of vision impairment
  • 25 November 2019 - Barriers to listening in the classroom/the role of supportive technology
  • 23 January 2020 - The impact of hearing impairment on the learning and development of young people/developing key skills for young people with visual impairments
  • 26 February 2020 - Managing the environment

Venue:  Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost and booking:  £50 to cover registration, all materials, refreshments and lunch. Please go to s4s.norfolk.gov.uk for details of the course (ref: VSS-0919-T001) or contact Virtual School Sensory Support sensorysupport@norfolk.gov.uk or 01603 704040.

Three ten-week course modules run during term time for professionals, parents and carers.

Dates and times:

  • BSL Module 101 - Monday 23 September to Monday 2 December, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 102 - Monday 6 January 7 to Monday 16 March, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 103 - Monday 20 April to Monday 29 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost and bookings: £260 for professionals, plus the cost of exams (£93 for the three exams, any retakes are extra). Limited places for a parent of a deaf child at a reduced rate of £80 are available. You must have a confirmed place before attending. Please contact Heather Riseborough: email heather.riseborough@norfolk.gov.uk or phone 01603 704040.

Hands-on training for professionals working with young people in Norfolk schools.

Dyslexia awareness and strategies - how to support learners with difficulties in literacy

  • Wednesday 16 October, 1-3.30pm

Dyscalculia awareness and strategies - hHow to support learners with difficulties in numeracy

  • Thursday 23 January, 1-3.30pm

Venue: Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 4LS

Bookings and further information: £50 per person (members can attend one session of their choice free). For more information or a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington c_partington@taverhamhigh.org or call: 01603 860505.

A series of six EYFS/KS1 twilight sessions to develop your knowledge and understanding of general strategies that can be used to support different areas of SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Needs) in the classroom.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021

Times:

4.15-5.45pm

Venue:

Sprowston Community Academy, Cannerby Lane, Norwich NR7 8NE

Cost:

Sessions cost £300 each, the cost to be divided by the number of schools attending.

Book as stand-alone sessions or as a complete package.

Further information and bookings:

Please contact Isabel Stubbs, Headteacher, Cecil Gowing Infant School head@cecilgowing.norfolk.sch.uk

Hands-on training for professionals working with young people in Norfolk schools.

Working Memory (all key stages) - how to support working memory in the classroom

  • Wednesday 30 October, 1.30-4pm

Multiplication Tables (KS2/3) - practical strategies and resources to develop conceptual understanding and retention of multiplication tables

  • Wednesday 6 November, 1.30-4pm

Writing (KS2/3) - practical strategies and resources to support dyslexic learners with writing

  • Tuesday 19 November, 1.30-4pm

Reading (KS1/2) - practical strategies and resources to support dyslexic learners with writing

  • Wednesday 4 December, 1.30-4pm

Phonological Awareness (KS1/2) - practical strategies and resources to develop phonological awareness and phonic skills

  • Tuesday 14 January, 1.30-4pm

Vocabulary Development (KS2/3) - practical strategies and resources to promote vocabulary development & retention for dyslexic learners

  • Tuesday 28 January, 1.30-4pm

Maths Difficulties (KS2/3) - practical strategies and resources to support learners with difficulties in maths

  • Thursday 13 February, 1.30-4pm

Higher Level Reading Skills (KS2/3) - practical strategies and resources to improve higher level reading skills

  • Thursday 19 March, 1.30-4pm

Venue:  Taverham High School, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6PA

Bookings and further information:  £50 per person (members can attend one session of their choice free). For more information or a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington c_partington@taverhamhigh.org or call: 01603 860505.

Hands-on training for professionals working with young people in Norfolk schools.

  • Dyscalculia Awareness & Strategies
    How to support learners with difficulties in numeracy
    Wednesday 20 November, 1-3.45pm
  • Working Memory (all key stages)
    How to support working memory in the classroom
    Wednesday 22 April, 1-3.45pm

Venue:
King’s Oak Academy, Parkway, King’s Lynn PE30 4QJ

Bookings and further information:
£50 per person (members can attend one session of their choice free). For more information or a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington c_partington@taverhamhigh.org or call: 01603 860505.

This course run over six sessions by the Dyslexia Outreach Service is aimed at adults working with students with dyslexia in a professional capacity.

You will need to be able to work with the same learner with dyslexia on a weekly basis. You must have a good basic knowledge of dyslexia and an awareness of the issues faced by learners and the most common strategies and approaches used.

You will learn how to:

  • Prioritise learning objectives
  • Understand the language of professional assessment reports
  • Assess the suitability of available intervention programmes
  • Involve and empower your learner
  • Monitor progress in every session
  • Adjust and plan sessions in the light of your observations
  • Communicate intervention outcomes to your line manager, your pupils and parents
  • Make a new plan for your learner

Dates: Wednesdays: 8 January, 22 January, 29 January, 12 February, 4 March, 25 March

Time: 1.30pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Taverham High School, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6PA

Cost and further information:

£350 per person (£315 to DOS members). For a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington c_partington@taverhamhigh.org or call 01603 860505.

East of England and North East London Regional Leads invite school leaders, behaviour leads and school SENCos to this free CPD event for members of the Community of Practice.

Workshops from PATH lead coach, school leaders and the Youth Offending Team. Wide range of exhibitors with a focus on social emotional and mental health.

Please note that this free training is open only to members of the Whole School SEND Community of Practice.

Join the Community of Practice (free)

Date and time: Thursday 6 February, 9.30am to 3pm (lunch and refreshments provided)

Venue: John Innes Conference Centre, Colney, Norwich NR4 7UH

Bookings and enquiries: Contact natalier@nasen.org.uk at Nasen

This course qualifies school staff to deliver first aid to children aged 0 to puberty.

Date and time: Tuesday 11 February, 9am-3pm 

Venue: Cecil Gowing Infant School, Falcon Road West, Sprowston, Norwich, NR7 8NZ

Bookings: The cost is £55 per delegate, including refreshments and lunch. To book, phone the school on 01603 429564 or email office@cecilgowing.norfolk.sch.uk.

This course qualifies school staff to deliver first aid to adults.

Date and time: Wednesday 12 February, 9am-3pm 

Venue: Cecil Gowing Infant School, Falcon Road West, Sprowston, Norwich, NR7 8NZ

Bookings: The cost is £55 per delegate, including refreshments and lunch. To book, phone the school on 01603 429564 or email office@cecilgowing.norfolk.sch.uk.

The TEACCH® Autism Program’s five-day course in Wisbech provides a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on opportunities to assess and teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a demonstration classroom setting.

The premise of this foundation is an understanding of the learning styles of individuals with ASD and how to use teaching strategies that capitalise on learning strengths. The training is suitable for senior school leaders, teachers and support staff.

An emphasis is placed on the use of Structured TEACCHing principles to teach individuals with ASD skills in the areas of academics (literacy and numeracy), communication, independence, social and leisure, vocational, relaxation and coping strategies.

Participants will have an opportunity to apply these strategies with students of varying functioning levels in a classroom setting during group and individual activities. The training includes presentations, small group discussions, demonstration classroom activities and hands-on experiences.

Dates: Monday 17 to Friday 21 February

Venue: Meadowgate Academy, Meadowgate Lane, Wisbech PE13 2JH

Cost: £1,395 per place, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day

Bookings and further details: Please contact Lisa Gill lgill@meadowgate.cambs.sch.uk on 01945 461836.

Become a Mental Health First Aid Champion to help support young people you work with!

YMCA’s Mind Matters Team is running courses from its Communities Office in Norwich Bowthorpe.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 5 February
  • Wednesday 1 April
  • Wednesday 20 May

Venue:

YMCA Communities, 7/8 Waldegrave Road, Norwich NR5 9AW

Bookings and further information:

Please contact the Mind Matters Team at mindmatters@ymcanorfolk.org.

Supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in your school.

This new training course run by East Coast Community Health Care provides:

  • Knowledge of the incidence of SLCN and the impact on behaviour, academic progress and social development
  • Knowledge and tools to audit, identify and support SLCN within your setting
  • Key strategy ideas to support children
  • Opportunities to hear from colleagues about interventions and tools they have successfully used in their settings
  • The ‘SENCO survival kit’, which enables you to put what you have learned into practice immediately

Date: Tuesday 25 February – venue and times to be confirmed

Bookings: Places are limited, book now! Go to www.ecch.org to request your place.

Has anyone missed out on their setting’s Step On training?

Make sure all your staff are Steps certified. This training is available to schools and settings where Step On certification is currently in place. It offers an ideal opportunity to bring all staff up to date with the Step On approach to positive behaviour management.

Course outline:

  • Promote a therapeutic understanding of behaviour
  • Develop skills in communication, diversion and de-escalation strategies
  • Develop a consistent approach to everyday physical interventions
  • Become familiar with risk management documentation
  • Understand law and guidance in the area of physical intervention
  • Introduce skills for working with young people post-incident

For all staff – primary, secondary, special and outside agencies. Maximum of 24 delegates per training session.

Date and time: Wednesday 26 February, 9am-4pm

Venue: Norwich Professional Development Centre, Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Bookings and further information: The cost is £70 per delegate. Please go to www.educatorsolutions.org.uk or call 01603 307710. Course ref STEPS-0220-T001.

Become a Steps Service Tutor in your setting to train and support colleagues in the Step On curriculum.

Investing in this 3 day course will equip you with the skills and knowledge of the Step On curriculum to train your colleagues, maintain their Step On certification and continually influence practice within your own context. This course will be grounded in the Steps principles of developing therapeutic approaches to behaviour and will be delivered through a practical, interactive approach.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the theoretical principles that underpin the Step On curriculum
  • have knowledge of how to apply a range of de-escalation strategies
  • know how to use and demonstrate safe use of physical intervention
  • become confident in delivering the Step On curriculum in their own setting

Please note:

Norfolk Steps Service Tutors are certificated to be a resource for the setting in which they work. Service tutors are not certified to lead training or consultancy on a voluntary or paid basis outside of their school or setting. To maintain certification delegates will be required to attend a one day refresher each year at an additional cost. Two delegates from each school is advisable. It is strongly advised that managers and delegates are conversant with the Step On principles and approach before booking onto Service Tutor training.

Dates:

Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 March (delegates need to attend all 3 days)

Time:

9am-4pm

Venue:

Norwich Professional Development Centre, Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost:            

£510 per delegate

Bookings:

Please go to www.educatorsolutions.org.uk (course ref STEPS-0320-T009).

Further information:

Contact Diane Leamon diane.leamon@educatorsolutions.org.uk or call 01603 303340.

A forum to bring special education needs and disabilities professionals together to learn, share and develop provision across Norfolk.

This is a valuable opportunity for head teachers, SENCos and SEND governors to access a termly forum, where they can meet with local authority advisors and specialists and form partnerships with other schools and academies.

  • Receive updates on local authority initiatives and directives
  • Gain access to specialist advice and support
  • Collaborate with the LA to develop the provision of SEND across Norfolk
  • Develop professional and supportive relationships

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 10 March, 10am-12pm, Professional Development Centre, Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL. Booking ref SEND-0320-T001.
  • Tuesday 10 March, 4-6pm, Thetford Academy, Croxton Road, Thetford IP24 1LH. Booking ref SEND-0320-T004.
  • Wednesday 11 March, 4-6pm, King’s Oak Academy, Parkway, King’s Lynn PE30 4QJ. Booking ref SEND-0320-T006.
  • Thursday 12 March, 4-6pm, Hellesdon High School, 187 Middletons Lane, Norwich NR6 5SB. Booking ref SEND-0320-T002.
  • Tuesday 17 March, 4-6pm, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Church Lane, Gorleston NR31 7BQ. Booking ref SEND-0320-T005.
  • Thursday 19 March, 4-6pm, Aylsham High School, Sir Williams Lane, Aylsham NR11 6AN. Booking ref SEND-0320-T003.

Bookings and further information

Sessions are free to Norfolk schools (subsidised by the Virtual School for SEND). Please book at www.educatorsolutions.org.uk or contract Amanda Seely amanda.seely@norfolk.gov.uk. Alternatively call 01603 307710.

A course open to staff from special schools and specialist services to enable them to train and support their staff in the Step Up curriculum.

Investing in this two day course will enable you to become a Steps Tutor certified to provide Step Up training and consultancy within your own setting.

Services are encouraged to build a small team of tutors who can work together to continually influence practice as well as maintain Step On and Step Up certification within their service. Participants should be selected by the headteacher/manager and will need to be proficient and confident to deliver physical training within their setting. It is essential that the participant is already a Step On Service Tutor. They may only train staff within their own setting who are Step On trained.

Norfolk Steps service tutors are certificated to be a resource for the setting in which they work. Service tutors are not certified to lead training or consultancy on a voluntary or paid basis outside of their school or setting.

Tutors may assist with the training across a broader collection of services such as an academy chain, federation or cluster, but training must be led by their own service tutor or by the central Norfolk Steps team.

To maintain certification delegates will be required to attend a one day refresher each year at an additional cost.

Dates:          

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March (delegates must attend both days)

Time:

9am-4pm (lunch & refreshments provided)

Venue:

Norwich Professional Development Centre, Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost:            

£340 per delegate

Bookings and further information:

Please go to www.educatorsolutions.org.uk (course ref STEPS-0320-T010) or call 01603 307710.

Supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in your school.

This new training course run by East Coast Community Health Care provides:

  • Knowledge of the incidence of SLCN and the impact on behaviour, academic progress and social development
  • Knowledge and tools to audit, identify and support SLCN within your schools
  • Key strategy ideas to support pupils at a universal level across the curriculum
  • Opportunities to hear from colleagues about interventions and tools they have successfully used in their settings
  • The ‘SENCO survival kit’, which enables you to put what you have learned into practice immediately

Date: Thursday 23 April – venue and times to be confirmed

Bookings: Places are limited, book now! Go to www.ecch.org to request your place.

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