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This Sensory Processing training  has been designed to help professionals and parents understand the components of sensory processing, identify difficulties and develop strategies which can impact on the child’s ability to cope and function more effectively.

The way we perceive, manage, process and act on the sensory information we receive is very unique. As we get older we begin to understand this and manage our preferences and sensitivities more effectively. Children are more likely to exhibit behaviours that indicate differences in their sensory processing as they are less aware or concerned with the social expectations than adults.

Some children have extreme difficulties and differences in the way their nervous system processes information from the senses. Conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can exacerbate difficulties further and the resulting behaviours can be very extreme and confusing to the child, parents and professionals

The training will include:

  • Introduction to the senses and individual thresholds
  • Sensory Regulation and the Limbic System (fight or flight)
  • Identification of sensory difficulties
  • Intervention strategies:
  • Calming and alerting
  • Environmental management
  • Sensory regulation

The course will be delivered by Liz Ann Davidson, an occupational therapist from Jigsaw Therapy Services Ltd. Liz Ann has over 25 years experience in working with children who have sensory processing difficulties, within NHS services providing diagnostic assessment and intervention and, over the last 10 years, within the independent sector providing interventions, advice and training to schools and parents.

All delegates will be sent access codes/ links prior to the virtual sessions.

This course costs £20 for parents and £100 for professionals – you will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

If we find that Covid 19 restrictions are still in place we will contact you to postpone this training well in advance of the scheduled date.

This mental health first aid training is for SENCOs, teachers and practitioners working in both mainstream and special educational settings.

It is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. At MHFA England we offer a range of courses tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18.

Youth MHFA Two Day course

Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support -whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks:

  • About mental health
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting.

Course leader Lorraine Petersen is a MHFA quality assured instructor and has many years’ experience of working with an array of children with special and additional needs within mainstream settings and hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating these children. In June 2009 Lorraine was awarded the OBE for Services to Education. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Research Awards in 2010, and in 2013 the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT.

This two day course costs £300 and includes lunch – you will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme. Everyone who completes the course receives a Youth MHFA Manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Engagement Model is now the statutory assessment for pupils working below the standard of National Curriculum and not engaged in subject-specific learning. The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) originally published The Engagement Model guidance in January 2020. The Model is scheduled to become statutory from September 2021.

We are running this session to recap the main principles from the statutory approach as well as offer some practical ideas around how you might use the model in school for pupils not yet fully accessing subject specific learning.

These sessions will run virtually via the Zoom Meetings App.

This session will enable schools to:

  • identify the relevant cohort of pupils;
  • use the engagement areas to observe and assess the level of engagement for individual pupils;
  • support and evaluate the curriculum for pupils not yet engaged in subject specific learning.

The session will cover:

  • Recap of what the Engagement Model is;
  • Exploring what is meant by the term Engagement and each of the 5 areas;
  • Understanding who the Engagement Model is for;
  • Implementing the Engagement Model;
  • Making links between the Engagement Model and the curriculum;
  • Integrating the Engagement Model into your current assessment system;
  • Sharing practice regarding practical use of the model;
  • Reporting progress & Accountability;
  • Ofsted & Engagement.

The session will also touch on the Pre Key Stage Standards for the end of Key Stage 1 and 2, the pupil group they are relevant to and their appropriate use.

James is the Headteacher of Sunningdale School, a specialist school for pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Autism in Tyne and Wear.  Following the publishing of the Rochford Review in 2016 James was involved in piloting the use of the Aspects of Engagement and was an Engagement Model Lead Trainer for the STA approved training on the Engagement Model.

James has developed and delivered workshops on a wide variety of topics related to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties on behalf of the SENHub in Tyne and Wear, Together for Children, EQUALS and other organisations such as B-Squared.  James additionally works as a visiting lecturer for the University of Northumbria.

This session costs £40. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place

Makaton Level 1 and Level 2 combined workshop

Makaton is a language programme, using signs and symbols alongside speech, which can be used with children and adults who need help with communication.

This training course provides a practical introduction to the Makaton language programme.  Sessions will cover commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use, and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.  You will learn the signs and symbols from stages 1 – 4 and some of the additional stage of the Makaton core vocabulary.  You will receive course manuals with copies of all signs and symbols taught.

This course is for parents, carers, or professionals who want to learn Makaton to support children’s language and communication development.  No previous experience of Makaton is necessary.  The training is provided by licenced Makaton tutors who work in Sunderland as part of the Language & Learning Partnership, or the Speech & Language Therapy team.

The course will be delivered over 4 sessions as follows:

  • Friday 25th June, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 2nd July, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 9th July, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 16th July, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please note: participants need to be able to attend all 4 sessions.

This course costs £40 for parents of children on the Sunderland Speech and Language Therapy caseload, and £140 for professionals (£100 for professionals working inside the Sunderland area) –  you will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

If you require additional information about this workshop please contact jane.shaw@sunningdaleschool.com

 

 

Forest School is an innovative approach to facilitating new learning opportunities through outdoor play.

This workshop is an introductory session for educational practitioners working in Nursery, Lower Primary and Special Schools, and also for parents and carers interested in making the most of outdoor spaces to create new learning opportunities for their children or those in their care.

Whilst participating in the workshop you will develop an understanding of Forest School and the ethos behind it. The School will share its experience of how it developed its own Forest School environment and how it has been used to foster a lifelong love for, and appreciation of, the natural environment amongst the children in the school.

You will gain an understanding of how the Forest School environment can support children to develop a sense of independence and enhance their self-esteem, confidence and social skills. We will explore some basic activities and learn how these can be safely applied to the benefit of the children you work with.

The workshop has been designed in such a way as to enable the sharing of ideas and an exploration of how Forest School might be developed to within your own area of work.
Additionally, you may also find the day useful in determining whether or not to undertake accredited practitioner training in Forest School methodology.

This is a fun, hands-on workshop. Part of the session will take place outdoors and you will need:

  • Secure outdoor footwear (e.g. walking or work boots)
  • Suitable outdoor clothing (waterproof, warm)
  • Sunscreen (if appropriate)
  • Long trouser

This course costs  £80 for professionals this includes lunch. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.
Places are limited on this course so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If we find that Covid 19 restrictions are still in place we will contact you to postpone this training well in advance of the scheduled date.

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with special educational needs and their families. Sunningdale School’s National Portage Association Accredited Trainers will be running an introductory workshop for parents, carers, early years professionals and therapists with responsibility for these children’s wellbeing.

This workshop will be of particular relevance to those working in Early Years Foundation as it will ensure that provision meets the SEND Code of Practice and help you identify children’s needs for their individual Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Portage aims to help families develop a quality of life for themselves and their young children which enables them to learn together, play together and participate in community life in their own right. By the end of this programme you will have a deep understanding of:

· The Portage partnership model
· Portage principles and how they can be applied in the home and in settings with young children who have additional needs
· How to use potage strategies, materials and resources and how they can be used in the home and early years settings
· How to plan for success and set long term goals
· The importance of using clear language
· How to use a small steps approach in teaching children new skills through play
· Strategies to overcome barriers to play
· Approaches to help children generalise skills
· Basic appropriate responses and approaches to address behaviour
· Strategies for planning suitable activities, assessing progress and recording children’s successes

On completion of the course you will receive certification as having been trained in Portage principles.

This 2-day course takes place over 21st & 22nd June 9am till 4.30pm. You will also be required to attend a follow-up session on 13th July 9am -12 when you will receive your certificate.

The course is free for parents with children at Sunningdale and those accessing Sunderland Portage services and costs £160 for professionals inclusive of lunch on both days. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

 

 

From the Autumn term 2021 we are establishing and hosting free termly cross authority regional moderation group meetings where schools from Tyne and Wear, Durham, Northumberland, Teeside and surrounding areas can come together to moderate their general use as well as observations and profiles that they are using as part of their implementation of the Engagement Model, which has been made statutory for use with pupils not yet engaged in subject specific learning from the academic year 2021-22.

These will be practical moderation sessions for schools that are using the model. Schools and practitioners will have the opportunity to share and discuss each others use of the model as well as their recording and understanding of each of the 5 areas. These sessions are not intended for schools that are not using the model with their pupils. Please see our other advertised sessions related to practice sharing around the requirements and implementation of the model.

These sessions will be in-person physical sessions taking place at the SENhub based at Sunningdale School in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

They will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022 4-6pm

Please feel free to register for as many sessions as you’d like but you will need to book separately for each date via the events page. Schools are able to register as many people as would like to attend. However, places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

From the Autumn term 2021 we are establishing and hosting free termly cross authority regional moderation group meetings where schools from Tyne and Wear, Durham, Northumberland, Teeside and surrounding areas can come together to moderate their general use as well as observations and profiles that they are using as part of their implementation of the Engagement Model, which has been made statutory for use with pupils not yet engaged in subject specific learning from the academic year 2021-22.

These will be practical moderation sessions for schools that are using the model. Schools and practitioners will have the opportunity to share and discuss each others use of the model as well as their recording and understanding of each of the 5 areas. These sessions are not intended for schools that are not using the model with their pupils. Please see our other advertised sessions related to practice sharing around the requirements and implementation of the model.

These sessions will be in-person physical sessions taking place at the SENhub based at Sunningdale School in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

They will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022 4-6pm

Please feel free to register for as many sessions as you’d like but you will need to book separately for each date via the events page. Schools are able to register as many people as would like to attend. However, places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

From the Autumn term 2021 we are establishing and hosting free termly cross authority regional moderation group meetings where schools from Tyne and Wear, Durham, Northumberland, Teeside and surrounding areas can come together to moderate their general use as well as observations and profiles that they are using as part of their implementation of the Engagement Model, which has been made statutory for use with pupils not yet engaged in subject specific learning from the academic year 2021-22.

These will be practical moderation sessions for schools that are using the model. Schools and practitioners will have the opportunity to share and discuss each others use of the model as well as their recording and understanding of each of the 5 areas. These sessions are not intended for schools that are not using the model with their pupils. Please see our other advertised sessions related to practice sharing around the requirements and implementation of the model.

These sessions will be in-person physical sessions taking place at the SENhub based at Sunningdale School in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

They will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022 4-6pm
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022 4-6pm

Please feel free to register for as many sessions as you’d like but you will need to book separately for each date via the events page. Schools are able to register as many people as would like to attend. However, places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Moving & Handling People with Special Needs ‘Train the Trainer’ course is held over 5 consecutive days and is purely practical with the theory elements being completed via Open Learning prior to the practical commencing.

The 5 day course is the most widely used course of its type within Special Schools across the United Kingdom.

Once delegates have successfully completed the course, they are then able to deliver training directly to others as well as being able to carry out Risk Assessments.

Once trained all ‘Key Trainers’ are then monitored via a paper-based assessment which is carried out every 6 months indefinitely. They are also required to attend a 1 day ‘face to face’ practical within 2 years of being trained, then every 2 years thereafter.

The course itself was originally accredited via the (BMA) British Medical Association and has since been adopted as the ‘go to’ course for those supporting children with physical special needs and / or learning difficulties.

This course costs  £1300 + VAT, this includes lunch on each day, the pre course theory work, the 5 day practical, a copy of the DVD based training pack as well as the on going paper based assessments as mentioned above.

For More information about this training please contact: lee.hodgson@centaurtd.co.uk

This training is delivered by Centaur Training and Development Ltd

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