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SEND & Inclusion CPD Seminars

Seminar 2: Reviewing Inclusive Practice in Education Settings

23rd November, 3.30pm – 5.00pm, online webinar

Join us for this interactive online seminar led by the Senior Lecturer for SEND and Professional Development and course leader for the BA SEND & Inclusion and PGCert SENCo, University of Huddersfield.

There will be three sessions in total covering a range of pertinent topics. (Colleagues are welcome to attend all sessions, a selection or just a single session.) Following the first session looking at the SEND Code of Practice, this second seminar will focus on supporting leaders, teachers and governors to review, evaluate and enhance approaches to inclusion in their settings.

This session will explore how we define inclusion and why this matters. Delegates will be introduced to a range of tools and techniques that can be used to review inclusive practice at both a classroom and school level, as well as undertaking an initial RAG rating exercise. By the end of the session, delegates will:

  • Understand that there are different definitions of inclusion
  • Reflect on how definitions affect experiences for learners with SEND
  • Be aware of a range of SEND review tools and how to use them
  • Evaluate one aspect of SEND provision and plan next steps.

Costs:

For delegates from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First these seminars are fully funded. For all other delegates, the cost is £50 per person, per seminar.

SEND & Inclusion CPD Seminars

Seminar 3: The Deployment of Support Staff

01st December, 3.30pm – 5.00pm, online webinar

Join us for this interactive online seminar led by the Senior Lecturer for SEND and Professional Development and course leader for the BA SEND & Inclusion and PGCert SENCo, University of Huddersfield.

There will be three sessions in total covering a range of pertinent topics. (Colleagues are welcome to attend all sessions, a selection or just a single session.) Following the first two sessions looking at the SEND Code of Practice and Reviewing Inclusive Practice in Schools, this third session will consider the effective deployment of Teaching Assistants and Support Staff.

This online CPD session will explore the role of support staff in inclusive practice in educational settings. By the end of the session delegates will:

  • Understand the current policy and research context for support staff in England;
  • Know what research says about best practice in the deployment of support staff;
  • Reflect on how support staff are currently deployed in your own setting and next steps.

Costs:

For delegates from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First these seminars are fully funded. For all other delegates, the cost is £50 per person, per seminar.

English Hub CPD

Be sure to check out the English Hub professional development opportunities which aim to promote a love of reading and support schools across the country to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching.  This includes running events to showcase excellent practice in teaching reading and working with local schools to develop their practice.

Trauma, Attachment, Mental Health & Adverse Childhood Experiences

an interactive online seminar led by Jane Bradley, Senior Lecturer, SEND (University of Chester)

2.30 - 4.30pm, 11th November 2021

As part of the Learners First Children’s Champion Network in 2021, our work with schools and leading national figures highlighted some of the key challenges around understanding, supporting and responding to the increasingly varied and complex social and emotional needs of children and young people. The impact of Covid-19 on children’s mental health and wellbeing is well documented in relation to both educational recovery and the wider impact of the pandemic. In order to better equip schools, teachers and other professionals working with children to support these often complex areas, high quality professional development, advice and guidance is imperative.

Learners First is delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Chester to offer this online webinar which is in direct response to schools raising concerns over the increasing number of pupils for whom Trauma, Attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Poor Mental Health act as a barrier to their learning. Jane Bradley Senior Lecturer SEND will facilitate this seminar in conjunction with other experienced, senior colleagues from the University of Chester. With their extensive knowledge of the theory, practice and practical solutions related to supporting the needs of all children and young people, they will cover:

  • The theory behind trauma, attachment and mental health issues
  • The effect they can have on the developing brain
  • How trauma informed practice can minimise the impact
  • Practical solutions to help teachers, leaders and other professionals to better support children experiencing trauma, attachment and mental health related difficulties.

Further details are included in the flyer attached.

Costs:-

For delegates attending from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First this event is fully funded. For all other delegates the cost is £50 per person.

English Hub - Showcase Events 2021/22

Thursday, 25th November 2021 (08.00am – 12.00 noon)

Wednesday, 12th January 2022 (08.00am – 12.00 noon)

Showcase Events will be held at Whiston Worrygoose Primary School, S60 4AG

Our English Hub showcase events are practical, half day workshops designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of early language, reading and phonics. They have been carefully structured with inputs from school leaders, literacy and EYFS specialists and will include opportunities for lesson and teaching observations, action planning and facilitated, professional discussion.

The showcase events will consider implications for curriculum intent, implementation and impact as well as providing the opportunity for schools to find out more about the work of the English Hub and how their schools can access support, funding and further engagement.

Creating Cognitive Challenge for More Able Learners through Metacognition and Cognitive Science Research

ONLINE WEBINAR

3.30 - 5.30pm, 29th November 2021

Dr Keith Watson is leader of NACE’s Challenge Development Programme, a Leadership Coach and former MAT CEO, Teaching School Leader and published researcher. Keith led the first school in the country to attain the NACE Challenge Award three times.

This session focuses on the pupil as a learner. How does the pupil progress from novice to expert learner? The session begins by examining what we understand by metacognition.

  • Why is it important for pupils to be aware of and understand their own thought processes?
  • How does understanding learning help to improve learning
  • How does understanding thought processes lead to deeper learning?

The role of the teacher in developing metacognition includes:

  • Articulating language of ‘thinking to think’ and learn
  • Modelling thinking and learning behaviours
  • Providing opportunities for the pupils to take ownership of their learning and work autonomously
  • Giving pupils a voice as an activator and facilitator of learning.

We will consider:

  • How Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction apply to more able learners
  • The relevance of retrieval practice for more able learners
  • How we adapt thinking about cognitive load for those who can manage a higher one
    Participants are left to consider how they might manage a learning environment which explicitly draws on and develops learning and cognitive attributes or behaviours.

The cost of this seminar is fully funded for delegates from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First 2021/22. For all other delegates, the cost is £50 per person.

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