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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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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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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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National Association for Special Educational Needs Launches FREE Online Training

Posted by Sen.se on May 16th 2018

Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0-25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice-led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.

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ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Posted by Sen.se on March 15th 2018

Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent. Training can help us see and respond to these invitations for help, which are often subtle and unexpected. ASIST is a two day, intensive suicide intervention skills training workshop aimed at those who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

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Barnardoes BASE Project - Training Brochure 2017-2018

Barnardoes BASE Project - Training Brochure 2017-2018

Posted by Sen.se on March 1st 2018

The BASE project work with children who are identified as being at risk of Sexual Exploitation. This brochure has been designed to help answer some of the frequently asked questions and to provide an overview of the training available from BASE.

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Assessment of Impact of NJC Pay Award on Somerset Special Schools

Assessment of Impact of NJC Pay Award on Somerset Special Schools

Posted by Sen.se on February 22nd 2018

The support staff pay award will be a significant cost pressure for Somerset Special Schools in comparison to no increase in funding for 2018/19. This is in marked contrast to the situation for mainstream schools, where the impact is less and the funding increase is more. Given that this is a two year pay award, it may be timely to undertake some benchmarking within sen.se and beyond in relation to support staff grades and roles, and the cost effectiveness of different staffing models for different types of need. This would be advisable before engaging with the LA over the inequity of the cash freeze on funding for special school.

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