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Training and Development

Free Annual Review training and guidance

Independent Support have produced new online training on the Annual Review process. The training is free to access and aimed at staff employed to deliver Independent Support locally, staff working in local Information, Advice and Support services, local authority SEND teams and others who might benefit from the learning. The training is available on the Council for Disabled Children website. (We advise you to use “Chrome” when using the eLearning).

SEND Early Years Resources

Nasen has produced some SEND Early Years resources which are free to use and available to access on http://www.nasen.org.uk/early-years-send-resources/

The resources are grouped into the following four headings:

  • Webcasts: a range of webcasts covering all aspects of SEND.
  • Miniguides: a set of 4 miniguides, each aimed at a different part of the sector and all covering the same essential information.
  • Focus on SEND training: a structured course of approximately 9 hours of learning including online content and practical exercises to try out.
  • Face-to-face training materials: a whole suite of materials which are primarily aimed at Early Years leaders and managers to use in direct delivery with their staff. However, they are open to everyone, so you can look at them yourselves.

CDC e-learning modules for health practitioners and CCG

An e-learning series has been created by the council for disabled children to support health practitioners and Clinical Commissioner Group understand the new duties set out in the Children and Families Act and the implications.

The 8 modules cover the following areas:

1. Introduction
2. Outcomes
3. Education, Health and Care plans
4. Local Offer
5. Information and data sharing
6. Transition
7. Participation
8. Working in partnership

They can be accessed on the Council for Disabled Children's Website

Team Teach dates 2018

The Team Teach Training dates at the Learning Development Centre for the 6 hour Foundation courses are:

  • 18 January 2018

  • 22 February 2018

  • 23 March 2018

  • 26 April 2018

  • 18 May 2018

  • 29 June 2018

Costs 2018

  • £30 per person for LA schools
  • £65 per person for non LA schools (Academies) 

6 hour Foundation up to 24 staff in school LA schools £500 / Academy and Non LA £975

3 hour Refresher up to 24 staff in school LA schools £250 / Academy and Non LA £500

To book places please contact admin at Education Psychology on 01724 297945

SENCO Network Dates 2018 / 2019 and SENCO CPD

Early Years SENCo updates

The dates for the summer term for the Early Years SENCo updates with a focus on physical disability are:

  • 19 September 2018 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Learning Development Centre
  • 20 September 2018 - 1pm to 3pm at the Learning Development Centre
  • 26 September 2018 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Learning Development Centre    
  • 1 October 2018 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Learning Development Centre


Primary SENCo Network dates for the academic year 2018/19 

To be held at the LDC on the following Tuesdays (2pm to 3.30pm): 

  • 2 October 2018
  • 12 March 2019
  • 25 June 2019

Secondary SENCo Network dates for the academic year 2018/19 

To be held at the LDC on the following Tuesdays (2.30pm to 4pm): 

  • 9 October 2018
  • 19 March 2019
  • 2 July 2019

You can browse the North Lincolnshire Services for Education website and book onto relevant SENCO and SEND professional development.

The Decision-making Toolkit

This decision making toolkit produced by the Council For Disabled Children is a practical guide to support social workers, health practitioners, school and college staff, parent carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It is designed to be used in partnership with young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf. It includes a template which practitioners can use to support a young person who lacks capacity to go through a best interests decision making process based on the best interests checklist in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice. Available to download below.

School Nurse Toolkit - Improving Young People's Health Literacy

The Association for Young People's Health have released a toolkit for school nurses, designed to improve young people's health literacy.

Produced with support from Public Health England, the toolkit is designed to help school nurses improve the health literacy of children and young people using simple and cost effective methods.

Health literacy is important for young people, providing knowledge and capacity to make informed and balanced choices about their health and wellbeing. There are a wide range of methods schools and school nurses can employ to improve the health literacy of pupils.

The toolkit can be accessed here.

Graduated Approach

The Graduated Approach is for all teaching and support staff in schools. The SEND Code of Practice clearly articulates that all teachers are teachers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs. The philosophy of achievement for all pupils is a key factor in the aspiration of North Lincolnshire for its children and young people.

Organisations offering support and training to schools

A range of organisations offer support and training to schools on overall identification and teaching approaches for pupils with SEN as well as on specific conditions.

Schools, colleges and early years providers who need to improve the knowledge and skills of staff in relation to specific conditions can access information, advice and training materials that have been developed through the Department for Education’s voluntary and community sector grants programme. NASEN provides a SEN Gateway that enables access to a broad range of materials and support services across the range of SEN (www.sendgateway.org.uk).

The Excellence gateway provides access to resources to support professional development in the FE and Skills sector ( www.excellencegateway.org.uk).

Early Support provides a range of information materials to families and professionals www.ncb.org.uk/earlysupport.

The following organisations provide advice, information and training on specific impairments:

Each of these organisations is working with funding from the Department for Education to support the reforms to the SEN system.

•MindEd (www.minded.org.uk) is an e-learning portal aimed at supporting all adults working with children and young people. It provides simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development.

The Options Recovery College

The Options Recovery College in Scunthorpe offers a range of free recovery focused educational courses. They aim to support people to make the most of their talents and skills through self-management, enabling them to deal with their mental health challenges and helping them achieve the things they want in life.

The free courses include anxiety management, low mood, assertiveness and confidence building, positive wellbeing, relaxation, mindfulness and many more.

You can also do some of the courses online. Visit their website for more details.

Involving Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

The Resources for Practitioners Toolkit - Involving Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs is a free online resource for staff working in education settings.

It helps them understand, review and shape their approach to involving children and young people as part of everyday good practice.

Involving cyp with slcn toolkit

For more information visit the Communication Trust website.

Guide for Schools on Provision for Pupils with Down's Syndrome

The Guide for Schools on Provision for Pupils with Down's Syndrome offers good practice guidelines on education for children and young people with Down's syndrome.

The paper summarises information about the specific learning needs of children with Down's syndrome and sets out principles for effective education practice.

FREE Train The Trainer courses across England from Sept 2016

FREE Train the Trainer events for teaching staff in primary, secondary and post 16 education.

Funded by the Department for Education.

Teaching for Neurodiversity - Engaging learners with SEND

Learn about:

  • The range of neurodiversities
  • How different Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) overlap
  • Identifying the signs of SpLDs
  • Teaching strategies to support learners with neurodiversity
  • How to pass knowledge learnt on to your colleagues

Take away:

  • Tools to help identify and build SpLD profiles
  • Access to informative resources on neurodiversity and SpLDs
  • Information about how to signpost for further action
  • Knowledge and skills to help you and your team meet the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice

FREE events across England from Sept 2016

Max 2 teaching or learning support staff from primary/secondary schools with additional places potentially available for larger post-16 education providers. Please note, we require commitment from both the education provider and attendees to cascade training to all colleagues and to complete evaluation questionnaires.

For more information contact:

Dyslexia Action: trainthetrainer@dyslexiaaction.org.uk
Helen Arkell: DfETraining@arkellcentre.org.uk
Patoss: trainthetrainer@patoss-dyslexia.org

SENCO Forum e-discussion group

We are asking local authorities to bring the National SENCO Forum to the attention of schools, settings and SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators). The Forum, now in its twenty first year of operation, provides an opportunity for SENCOs and other SEN professionals to discuss issues and share information and practical advice. The Forum offers independent solution-based support in a collaborative and mutual way to both new to role and experienced SENCOs. Advice provided is based on the direct experience of SEN professionals, relevant research evidence and national/local policy guidance.

More information about the Forum and joining instructions can be found at the National SENCO Forum website

Questions about using the Forum to disseminate information about SEN focused research, policy and practice can be addressed to the SENCo Forum Advisory Group Chair, Christopher Robertson at: robertsoncml@gmail.com

SEND Gateway - Resources for Professionals

The SEND Gateway is an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Developed by Nasen, the UK’s leading professional association for SEND, the Gateway provides an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding, navigate recent and upcoming reforms to SEN and access resources and training materials from the UK’s leading voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations supporting children and young people with SEN in the age range 0 - 25.

Communication Trust - Resources for Professionals

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together, they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Their work focuses on supporting children and young people who struggle to communicate because they have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as well as supporting all children and young people to communicate to the best of their ability. They do this because our ability to communicate affects us in every aspect of our lives. They believe that many children could be helped to communicate better and some children need really focused support to reach their full potential.

The Communication Trust has a range of resources which professionals may wish to access and use. They are available here

Inclusion Development Programme Training Materials for Professionals

The Inclusion Development Programme(IDP)is a suite of materials aimed to support teachers, teaching assistants and trainee teachers to increase their knowledge and skills in working with children and young people with a range of special educational needs (SEN.They were delivered as part of the National Strategies but are still a valuable resource.

The areas covered for Primary and secondary are:

  • Supporting children with behavioural,emotional and social difficulties
  • Supporting children with autism spectrum
  • Teaching and supporting children with speech,language and communication needs(SLCN)
  • Teaching and supporting children with Dyslexia

The areas covered for Early Years are:

  • Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Supporting children with autism spectrum
  • Teaching and supporting children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

The IDP should not replace specialist knowledge. Rather it is intended to support specialist advice and guidance to make quality first teaching more effective and the aspirations for the outcomes of these groups of pupils greater.

The materials can be accessed at www.idponline.org.uk/

New resource for schools on what reforms mean for them

In September 2015 a new resource for schools was published by the Council for Disabled Children(CDC). The resource was produced in partnership with the Department for Education, SEN Leaders and NASEN. It summarises in four pages what the SEND reforms mean for them. It includes sections on:

  • the principles which lie behind the reforms
  • statutory duties for schools
  • changes in assessment and planning
  • who has responsibility for what and
  • what support is available for schools

The resource is available for download on the CDC website

Behaviour Toolkit

Introduction & Rationale

This document has been written to support the North Lincolnshire Educational Psychology and Specialist Teaching Teams publication: Special Educational Needs Support, The Graduated Approach. 

“The SEN support should take the form of a four-part cycle (assess, plan, do, review) through which earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the pupil’s needs and of what supports the pupil in making good progress and securing good outcomes. This is known as the graduated approach.” (SEN CODE JAN 15 para. 6.44) 

The expectation is that two cycles of ‘assess’, ‘plan’, ‘do’ and ‘review’ are completed as part of the ‘graduated approach’. The Behaviour Toolkit is for all teaching and support staff in schools to use as a resource at the point of ‘Universal’ delivery. 

The Behaviour Toolkit:

  • Provides a clear and structured approach for helping children to access their learning environment.
  • Provides step by step guidance and allows for the systematic gathering of evidence around teaching and learning, the classroom environment and assessments to measure social and emotional well being.
  • Gathers information from a range of adults within school and gives expression to the voice of both parent and child.
  • Creates an expectation that all schools adopt a comprehensive and consistent approach when addressing the needs of pupils, parents and staff.
  • Ensures that ‘high quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN’ (SEN Code Jan 15 para 6.37)
  • Ensures that access to support is equitable and based upon a cycle of evidence gathering and review, as set out in the Code of Practice.
  • Can be incorporated within the process of academic progress reviews for individual children
  • Forms part of the ‘Local Offer’ as shown on the North Lincolnshire website with support determined by the graduated interventions indicated at ‘universal level’, ‘targeted level’ and ‘high needs level’. Challenging behaviour is best understood not as a need in itself, but as a consequence of unmet needs; be those unmet social & emotional needs, unmet communication needs, unmet physical & sensory needs, or unmet learning needs. The following principles are helpful when thinking about any behaviour causing concern:

Behaviour is something that people do, and is not what people are

  • Children do well if they can
  • Children behave well if they can
  • Behaviour can change
  • Positive, pro-social behaviour can be learned
  • Behaviour does not occur in a vacuum, and its meaning can only be understood within the context in which it occurs
  • There are always exceptions to challenging behaviour
  • The behaviour of children is often closely linked to the expectations of adults
  • Communication – what is the child communicating through this behaviour?

The Behaviour Toolkit has been separated into chapters below or you can download the complete document - The Behaviour Toolkit

Team Teach Dates 2018 (6 hour Foundation LDC)

The Team Teach Training dates at the Learning Development Centre for the 6 hour Foundation courses are:

  • 18 January 2018

  • 22 February 2018

  • 23 March 2018

  • 26 April 2018

  • 18 May 2018

  • 29 June 2018

Costs 2018

  • £30 per person for LA schools
  • £65 per person for non LA schools (Academies) 

6 hour Foundation up to 24 staff in school LA schools £500 / Academy and Non LA £975

3 hour Refresher up to 24 staff in school LA schools £250 / Academy and Non LA £500

To book places please contact admin at Education Psychology on 01724 297945


Disability Matters - Free set of e-learning modules aimed at raising disability awareness

Disability Matters have produced a suite of e-learning materials covering a range of topics which are free to use.

The topics included are:

  • Understanding Disability
  • Person to Person
  • Family and Society
  • Decision Making and Growing Up
  • Behaviour and Emotions
  • Health and well-being

Each one of these topics are further broken down into a range of sub-topics. You can access these materials as a guest user or create an online account which means you can access the group training resources, as well as learning packages that are recommended specifically for you.

The e-learning materials are available on the Disability Matters website here

Autism Spectrum Education

All of the Support and Strategies Toolkits are currently under review and we will be updating them in the Summer Term.

ASET Support and Strategies Toolkit documents

The following leaflets provide information for:

Autism Education Trust - Resources for Professionals

The Autism Education Trust publishes a range of resources for professionals. Further details of these resources are available to view at www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/resources.aspx

EHCPs and the Graduated approach: guidance and materials to support person centred review planning


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