I'm available to deliver training across the county at a time to suit you, for up to twenty participants. Evening and weekend training is offered at no extra cost and each training session will be written to meet your specific needs. Online training can also be offered, please contact me for further information.
All training I offer comes with handouts, personalised certificates and follow up email support. If you require training which isn't listed here please contact me and I will try to help. I am also available to speak at conferences, present workshops and can offer support if you need advice about individual or groups of children. Testimonials are available on request. Remember you can use Pupil Premium Funding to access training, further information is available here.
The Role of the Early Years SENCO - £45
This two session online course (via Zoom) is for new SENCOs who would like to
build their confidence. Participants will complete"gap tasks" between sessions
to support their learning and understanding.
Equality of opportunity - taking initial enquiries from parents, including
those who may have a child with a Special Educational Need/Disability.
Induction - gathering useful information, involving outside agencies, how to
ensure a successful first session for the child and family.
Initial concerns - the importance of knowledge regarding typical child
development, general and specific observations and assessments, raising
concerns about a child's development with parents.
Meeting the child's needs - using the child's interests and strengths,
prioritising areas for development, reflecting on the environment, relevant
and useful paperwork, referrals to other agencies. Ensuring all staff understand
their statutory duty to identify and support children with SEND.
A Zoom link and a free downloadable 16 page SENCO Toolkit will be emailed to
you a few days before the course is due to start. I offer email follow up support
for two weeks after the second session has been delivered. During the course
I'll be referring to legislation that needs to be followed in England.
Saturday 13th March and Saturday 27th March, 9.45am - 12.15pm
Supporting Children with Delayed Speech and Language Skills
This practical course is a great use of Pupil Premium funding, you will complete a communication audit of your setting pre and post training to show the impact. We will examine the risk factors for delays and how to ensure early identification. A range of realistic assessment tools, strategies and activity ideas will be provided and we will examine the impact of our interaction styles in opening up or closing down children's communication.
Child Development and Early Identification
The EYFS Statutory Framework tell us "Practitioners must consider whether a child may have a special educational need or disability which requires specialist support." (1.6) Every practitioner needs to be confident in their knowledge of typical child development if they are to ask for support from their SENCO when they have concerns about a child. During this course we will examine typical development in each of the prime areas and discuss "warning signs" which may indicate the need for further observation, assessment and referrals.
Supporting Attention and Listening Skills
Anecdotal evidence suggests these vital skills are in decline and without them, children will find it difficult to learn effectively. During this course we will look at the possible causes of delayed attention and listening skills and most importantly, discuss effective strategies which will benefit all children.
Supporting Children with Delayed Social Communication Skills/Autism
Children with delayed social communication skills/autism often have a spiky profile which shows an uneven pattern of development. We will look at a range of tools to help you accurately assess a child's needs and practical strategies will be shared, including how to make appropriate referrals and work in partnership with parents and professionals.
Understanding and Supporting Children's Behaviour
We will look at the typical development of social skills and factors which
can impact on this, as well as the role of the environment in promoting
positive behaviour for both adults and children. A range of practical
strategies will be discussed and participants will be given documentation
to support them in their setting.