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Speech and Language Support for 5-11s - Elklan

Posted by Liz on January 16th 2020

An externally accredited level 3 course which will improve your ability to communicate with your pupils and their ability to communicate with you. Delivered as a face-to-face course (20 hours taught time). This course is written for staff supporting children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in primary schools and special units. It equips them with innovative tools and methods to enhance children’s learning in the classroom and promotes quality first teaching. The course uses relevant teaching methods including practical activities, videos and group discussion to engage learners. Course running over 3 days at The Mendip School, Shepton Mallet 4th March, 13th May and 10th June 2020 Cost £315 per person to include accreditation and book. To book online visit https://www.somersetpts.co.uk/event/elklan-speech-and-language-support-for-5-11s-day-1/

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Secondment Opportunity

Secondment Opportunity

Posted by Julie on January 14th 2020

Assistant Maths Hub Lead for Somerset The Boolean Maths Hub wants to extend and strengthen its work supporting schools in Somerset (specifically Mendip, Sedgemoor and South Somerset). We are therefore now seeking to recruit an Assistant Maths Hub Lead (AMHL) for Somerset to work with our established leadership and management team during 2020. The role The Assistant Maths Hub Lead will work as part of the Maths Hub Leadership and Management Team, for the equivalent of 42 days (approximately 1 day per week plus 10 days) between the beginning of term 3 (February 2020) and the end of term 2 (December 2020). The AMHL will have a particular focus on Somerset (specifically Mendip, Sedgemoor and South Somerset).

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Recruiting for Head of School at Selworthy

Recruiting for Head of School at Selworthy

Posted by Julie on January 14th 2020

Selworthy School is a growing special school in Taunton, Somerset, supporting learners aged 4-19 with a wide range of learning disabilities. Selworthy is part of The Oak Partnership, a Multi Academy Trust formed in January 2019 based in Taunton, consisting of Selworthy and three primary schools. Following a recent expansion we are now based on two campuses and have a capacity of 180. The Oakhill Campus caters for Primary aged learners and the newly built Hazelbrook Campus caters for Secondary and 6th Form aged learners. We are seeking to appoint a Head of School for our Hazelbrook Campus with overall responsibility for wellbeing throughout Selworthy (both Campuses). Hazelbrook Campus is our new, purpose built secondary and 6th form building which cost £9million and consists of state of the art facilities. We are also in the process of building a hydrotherapy pool. The successful applicant will work, as part of a leadership team consisting of Executive Headteacher and two Heads of School, with a dedicated and skilful team of staff at this exciting point in Selworthy’s journey. Special school experience is not essential. We are looking for the right person, someone who has values that align with ours. Start date: April 2020 or September 2020 Contract type: Full Time Salary: £62,426 - £72,306Leadership L18 - L24 Contract term: Permanent

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Recruiting Now at Avalon School!

Recruiting Now at Avalon School!

Posted by Julie on January 7th 2020

Are you an inspirational teacher who has a passion for teaching pupils with SEN? Are you skilled in supporting learners with additional needs, including learners with a range of learning difficulties, social emotional mental health needs, autism or speech, language and communication needs? Then Avalon could be the school for you! We are seeking a creative, dedicated and engaging teacher to join our skilled, enthusiastic and dynamic staff team, to enable our pupils to make the best academic and holistic progress.

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Team Teach Positive Behaviour Management Level Two 12 hour training for medium/high risk settings

Posted by Julie on December 10th 2019

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th March 2020 Aimed at individuals who support people with documented special needs or challenging behaviours, and who may pose a risk to themselves or others, the course will provide a thorough grounding in practical behaviour management strategies. It will equip individuals with a sophisticated understanding of challenging behaviour, and the social and legal context around its management. It will cover strategies of personal safety, team work and de-escalation, as well as teaching effective positive handling techniques: these include guiding, escorting and safe holding in various positions.

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Critchill School win playground competition

Critchill School win playground competition

Posted by Julie on December 10th 2019

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Critchill School has been chosen as a winner of the Kompan Playground competition. This means that the pupils have succeeded in winning £50,000 for their playground project which will be match funded by our trust, the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership. We therefore have a grand total of £125,000. A massive congratulations to all the pupils and a big thank you to all of the staff, parents and community members who have supported us and kindly donated. A photograph of our agreed design is below and the work will begin in the New Year!

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Fun and affordable activities on offer over the Dec/Jan Holidays for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families!

Fun and affordable activities on offer over the Dec/Jan Holidays for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families!

Posted by Julie on December 3rd 2019

Please share with families you are working with and don’t forget to check out the Short Breaks Activity Calendar at www.somerset.gov.uk/cwd

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Signalong training for parent/carers and professionals

Posted by Julie on December 3rd 2019

The workshop will cover the brief history, philosophy and methodology of Signalong before teaching approximately 60 key words. The course will follow the Everybody’s Signalong Topic Vocabulary. You will learn the necessary skills to read and produce any sign in the manuals. Activities are provided to put the vocabulary into context and reinforce learning. Course cost will include certificate and manual. Dates: Friday 24th January 2020 Fiveways School, Yeovil. Times: 9.30am till 3.30pm

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Pop Up makes the news! ITV West Country

Posted by Julie on December 3rd 2019

If you're looking for somewhere local to do your Christmas shopping, you might want to visit the pop-up shop with a difference in Somerset. 'Sense-ational' has opened in Angel Place, Bridgwater, and is run by young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The aim of the venture is to provide these Somerset students with work experience. Sen.se (Special Educational Needs Somerset Expertise) says it can be "very difficult to access this kind of opportunity" if you are a young person with these needs. This unique shop hopes to fill that gap. Take a look.

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Mental Health First Aider Training

Mental Health First Aider Training

Posted by Julie on December 3rd 2019

In order for schools to gain Ofsted rated good status pupils must ‘enjoy learning about how to stay healthy and about emotional and mental health, safe and positive relationships’. To be outstanding schools must enable students to be able to ‘make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental wellbeing’. The new Ofsted framework recognises that it is important to continue to support individual students with specific behavioural and mental health needs but there is also a need to create a culture that fosters emotional wellbeing and resiliency within the school. Consequently, ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools commit to helping students develop personal skills, employability skills and achieve academically. With so little professional help available, teachers need to be knowledgeable and confident enough to deliver mental health support. This Mental Health First Aider training course provided by our Mental Health First Aid England accredited trainer will give your school staff the knowledge and support needed to embed mental health first aid into your school. Further information and booking is available via the Mental Health First Aid England website https://mhfaengland.org/organisations/youth/ or contact us via this email address or our website https://www.somersetpts.co.uk/

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