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Course Titles
Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (one or two days)
Introduction to Severe Learning Difficulties
Introduction to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (one or two days)
Introduction to Challenging Behaviour in the special needs school
Autism and Challenging Behaviour
Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorders

More specialist courses are also popular and these can be tailored to suit the audience, of teachers, teachers and TAs.
Assessing pupil progress and target setting for those working within the P Scales
Exploring supplementary (to the P scales) assessment and progress options
Developing your PMLD curriculum
Developing your SLD curriculum
Teaching English, Communication and Literacy in the special needs class
Teaching Mathematics in the special needs class
Teaching Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in the special needs class
Teaching Play and Games in and out of the special needs class.
Developing Problem Solving and Thinking Skills in the special needs class
Teaching Religious Education in the special needs class
Teaching Drama and Poetry in special needs class
Teaching Music in the special needs class
Transforming Speaking and Listening through Storytelling
An introduction to Signing
Working in teams: teachers, TAs and other professionals working together

Teaching Play and Games is popular as both a whole school subject and one which can be delivered to mealtime supervisors.

Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (two days)
This two-day course offers an intensive introduction to autism and concentrates on giving a solid grounding in knowledge of autistic spectrum disorders.

Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (one day)
This one day course gives a solid grounding in understanding autism

Introduction to Severe Learning Difficulties
A one-day introductory course ideally suitable for teachers and TAs new to learning difficulties and those more experienced seeking to brush up on their knowledge.

Introduction to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (two days)
This practical and hands-on course offers an intensive introduction to PMLD as well as extending discussion into curriculum development for both teachers and teaching assistants.

Introduction to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (one day)
This practical and hands-on course offers an intensive introduction to PMLD and concentrates on what those new to PMLD need to know.

Introduction to Challenging Behaviour in the special needs school
A one-day introductory course looking at simple and practical solutions to challenging behaviour across all age ranges (from 2 to 92) and all levels of ability from profound and multiple learning difficulties to moderate learning difficulties.

Autism and Challenging Behaviour
Looking at simple and practical solutions to resolve challenging behaviours in pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and learning difficulties.

Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorders
Some suggest that ADHD may affect up to 5% of the school population, yet it is a much misunderstood condition that often attracts negative and unhelpful responses. This course seeks to address the balance and offer real and lasting solutions that will benefit pupils, staff and families.

Assessing pupil progress and target setting for those working within the P Scales
Those who work with pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties will recognise the dilemma between knowing that most will make progress over each key stage and proving such progress. This day is about finding and celebrating ways in which pupils who are working within P Scales and the lower reaches of the Level Indicators actually do make progress, and (most importantly) convincing Ofsted and the other powers that be, that these are legitimate indicators of attainment.

Exploring supplementary (to the P scales) assessment and progress options
This day looks in detail at demonstrating quantitative progress for those with PMLD through RfL (Routes for Learning) and quantitative progress for those with SLD and MLD through MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress) and TAR (Task Analysis Recording). Demonstrating quantitative progress and providing numerical indicators of educational success is key to attaining a strong Ofsted grade, and this course gives schools who struggle to demonstrate P scale progress, viable supplementary options.

Developing your PMLD curriculum
This course seeks to reconcile the seemingly impossible demands of the National Curriculum with the very early developmental levels of children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. It is of direct interest to all those who have an interest in PMLD curriculum development across any and all key stages, whether they be experienced managers and teachers or those new to PMLD.

Developing your SLD curriculum
This course seeks to reconcile the seemingly impossible demands of the National Curriculum with the early developmental levels of children and young people with severe learning difficulties. It is of direct interest to all those who have an interest in SLD curriculum development across any and all key stages, whether they be experienced managers and teachers or those new to SLD.

Teaching English, Communication and Literacy in the special needs class
A one-day course designed for all teachers and TAs who are working with those with Severe Learning Difficulties.

Teaching Mathematics in the special needs class
This course seeks to (i) broaden our understanding of how those with SLD and PMLD learn, including gaining the acquisition of basic mathematical skills, and to provide the basis for schools’ curriculum development; (ii) equate this with the linear developmental model that applies to neuro-typical learners; (iii) assess the possibilities of teaching mathematics through an individualised developmental model that is non-linear and entirely practical.

Teaching Play and Games in and out of the special needs class
Neuro-typical children learn so many basic social and life skills just through the process of playing with co-operatively with other children, whereas such experiences and learning opportunities are very likely to pass children with learning difficulties by, especially if the child is on the autistic spectrum. We can however compensate for this loss through promoting and facilitating play, irrespective of the age or developmental level of the child.

Teaching Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in the special needs class
This course tackles head-on the issues around sexuality and learning difficulties and seeks to give practical advice on both what you should be teaching and how you should be teaching it.

Developing Problem Solving and Thinking Skills in the special needs class
Currently tucked away as a small part of Maths, metacognition – thinking about thinking – is attracting considerable interest in academic circles and is a major force behind such recent initiatives as the Rose Report. Clearly however, and by definition, those with severe learning difficulties will have extreme difficulties in thinking and problem solving. This day is set up to establish why that is so and even more importantly, what we might do about it. It is a mixture of whole and small group discussion, exchanging ideas, looking at practical activities, and bringing thinking and problem solving planning into our everyday teaching.

Teaching Religious Education in the special needs class
This course is designed to provide a basis for schools to devise their own practical multi-faith curriculum document that can be adapted to cover all key stages for both SLD, PMLD – including those who might have an additional autistic diagnosis. It will particularly explore methods of teaching spirituality to children, young people and adults with severe learning difficulties.

Teaching Drama and Poetry in special needs class (with Keith Park).
There is no doubt that the creative arts is a vital element of the 21st special needs curriculum and essential components of this are both drama and poetry. A key part of the English curriculum, both areas can be used not only to extend pupils’ experience and understanding of language but also as a consolidator of emotional literacy.

Teaching Music in the special needs class (with Cee Jones)
This workshop provides an introduction to the concept of using sound and music as a tool for creative communication. It is ideal for members of staff who are just beginning to develop their roles teaching or supporting young people with learning difficulties, and will introduce the principals of music as proven communicative techniques. It is not necessary that you are able to read music or even play an instrument.

Transforming Speaking and Listening through Storytelling (with Nicola Grove)
Even those who cannot speak, can tell stories if we give them the right tools. This day explores how we can encourage pupils not only to tell stories, but even more importantly, to be able to communicate to others about the things and events that are most important to them.

An introduction to Signing
A one-day course for all teachers and TAs wanting to introduce more signing into their classroom, covering practicing stage one signs, your top 50 signs to use every day and great ideas on how best to teach signing to your pupils.

Working in teams: teachers, TAs and other professionals working together
The skills required for all those working in teams whether they be teachers, support staff, or other professionals, tend to be learned ‘on the job’ and are often regarded as a necessary ‘right of passage’. Whilst such skills are being learned however, considerable friction between teachers and support staff and other professionals can arise as they seek to reconcile the differences in experience and authority. This course is therefore designed for NQTs, teachers new to working in special schools, TAs and LSAs.