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Featured stories

Is my child making progress?
How can special schools determine what constitutes progress for each pupil? More

Opening up communities
Friendships, relationships and learning disability. More

The SEND Tribunal
How to appeal and what’s involved. More

Routine communication
Empowering parents to help kids develop their communication. More

Switched on to learning
Using technology to promote inclusion for students with SEN. More

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Featured organisations

Dharma Primary School is recruiting an SEN Lead
This Brighton school is based on a Buddhist ethos with mindfulness at its heart and is recruiting a teacher to lead SEN provision at the school, three days a week. Application deadline is Wednesday 11 May. Pre-application conference call Friday 6 May at 8.15pm. More

KIDTECTION was set up by parents and professionals to provide nannies/mannies for children and teens. For families with a need for childcare for special needs children, Kidtection have the experience – email Kidtection. It is so important to have someone in the home of working parents, to support children with dyslexia and other needs, who really listen and engage. More

Medical Tracker
Build trust with parents/carers in your school or nursery through instant medication and first aid notifications. Medical Tracker is an online application which enables your school or nursery to manage all areas relating to first aid and medication online. Book a remote demonstration today to find out more. More

Treating Autism provides support and information to persons affected by ASD, their families and professionals through the free provision of information and services, in particular concerning treatments for autism. Their London conference "New Horizons in Autism: Exploring Treatment and Therapy Options" for parents and professionals is in June. For information, visit:

Oaka Books produce curriculum based topic packs for struggling readers. Full of images and colour, they are short and concise, using simple words and sentences. Text is in 14pt Comic Sans on coloured backgrounds. Over 49 KS1/2/3 packs now available for sciences, geography, history and French. More

The British Psychological Society provides nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may complete a relevant course to become a specialist assessor to progress and write reports for access arrangements. More

Timotay designs and builds unique and stimulating playgrounds across the UK and UAE. From consultation to design and build, Timotay is all you need to create an excellent outdoor play environment. Timotay create playgrounds for children of all abilities and aim to give every child the opportunity of outdoor play. More

Henshaws Specialist College is a transformational place. Through its personalised approach to education and care, it empowers young people living with a disability to live life the way they want. Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, Henshaws enables its students to make their aspirations possible and goals a reality. More

Clicker 7
Find out how Clicker 7 can be used to raise literacy levels across the school by attending a free breakfast seminar this term! Crick Software will be hosting events in Colchester, Exeter, Gateshead, Islington, Oxford, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon and Telford. For more details, click here.

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors 'A Guide to the SEND Code of Practice', updated for 2015/16, available as an eBook:

Prior's Court
Prior's Court offers specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5 to 19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19 to 25 years) offer personalised learning focusing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More

AuKids magazine is a quarterly publication for parents of children with autism which won the Specialist Magazine of the Year Award in the Prolific North Awards 2015. AuKids is run by journalist Debby Elley, who has twins with autism, and speech and language therapist Tori Houghton. More

Bethany School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school in Kent for pupils aged 11 to 18. CReSTeD registered since 1994, Bethany’s Learning Support department has a well-deserved international reputation. The 60 acre rural campus is less than an hour by train to London, and Gatwick and Eurostar terminals are easily accessible. Open Morning: 24 September 2016. More

CPD, training and events

The Autism Spectrum (Web Autism) distance learning programme
Are you working or living with children or adults with autism? Would you like to gain a recognised qualification in autism theory and practice? The University of Birmingham is the leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK. The Autism Spectrum (Web Autism) distance learning programme is a web-based part-time, distance learning programme completed over a year of study, earning 60 credits at Level C (equivalent to the first six months of an undergraduate degree). It is ideal for those working with children and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome, and learning support assistants, support staff and parents will find the programme particularly helpful. For further information, click here, email Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer or call 0121 415 8148.

Bespoke Inset Training Days
Inset training catered to your organisation’s specific needs. Highly successful, personalised SEN training to a range of environments. Various dates – see website for details. More

Various Dates
Helping Learners with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD Day Course
The aim of this  fun, informative and effective workshop is to provide each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of learners and provide the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions. Various dates – see website for details. More

Various dates
ADHD Day Course
A day course for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with ADHD/ADD and related conditions. This fun, informative and effective workshop provides each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of learners with ADHD/ADD and provides the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions. More

Various Dates
Autism/Asperger Syndrome Training - Day Course
Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs): A day course for teachers and/or support staff. Various dates – see website for more details. More

Various dates
Promoting Positive Behaviour Day Course

A day course for educators and/or support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of individuals and groups whilst fully meeting the needs of their peers. Various dates and times – see website for details. More

Various May to September 2016
Autism and sport
14 May: Manchester
1 June: Glasgow
7 July: London

4 Sept: South Wales
This one-day course, organised by The National Autistic Society, provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport. More

Various May to October 2016
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL framework
10 May: Manchester
4 Oct: London
This National Autistic Society’s CPD certified course is suitable for anyone working with on the autism spectrum who is looking for an introduction to autism and supportive approaches. More

11 May 2016
Autism and mental health conference - featuring Prof Tony Attwood
This National Autistic Society’s conference will provide the latest research and best practice in diagnosing and supporting mental health issues in children and adults on the autism spectrum. More

14 May 2016
How to Set Up a Thriving Business/Organisation Visioned on Social Change
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

17 May 2016
Henshaws Specialist College Open Day
Explore the College’s specialist facilities for living and learning on a campus tour, with a chance to speak to specialist staff and current students. Learn how Henshaws could support you to make your goals a reality. For more information and to book, email Henshaws College or call: 01423 886451. More

30 and 31 May 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
EduTECH is the largest education event in Southern Hemisphere and Asia-Pacific. It is the only event in Australia that brings together schools, tertiary, VET and workplace learning under one roof. More

Various June to November 2016
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism, and their impact on behaviour
15 June: Manchester
22 Nov: London
This CPD certified course organised by The National Autistic Society discusses behaviour that challenges, and examines how to best support people proactively, and during difficult times of increased anxiety. More

3 to 5 June 2016
The 7th International Kid’s Education Expo China
Poly World Trade Center, Guangzhou, China
Kid’s Expo is a professional expo for kid’s education, which will present products and teaching ideas. More

4 June 2016
Calm, Creativity and Competence: Learn Relaxation and Calming Techniques for Children
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

7 June 2016
Queen Alexandra College (QAC) "Information Day for Professionals"
These events provide you with the opportunity to meet our staff and students and discover more about QAC. For more details, click here.

11 June 2016
Child Counselling: Key Tools and Techniques with Award-Winning Author and Expert Dr Margot Sunderland
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

13 to 15 June 2016
Three-day Structured Teaching course
A broad-based, intensive course which provides both the theoretical and practical applications of structured teaching. Ideal for professionals working with individuals with autism or parents/carers. Modules include the culture of autism, designing and implementing structure to support activities in the learning environment and the home, methods to encourage independent work, developing communication, social, vocational and leisure skills, the use of social stories and an introduction to assessment in relation to structured teaching. Delivered by TEACCH trainers with extensive practitioner experience.
£295 professionals and £145 parents/concessions.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 247202/245911

14 June 2016
NAS Masterclass – Cybercrime and autism
The three-hour Masterclass, organised by The National Autistic Society, will explore the links between cybercrime and autism, the challenges and potential solutions. More

16 June 2016
Autism and sensory processing conference

This conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, will feature the latest research in sensory processing, and useful coping strategies for autistic individuals and the professionals who support them. More

16 June 2016
Towards a Positive Future
This is an annual conference for parents and the professionals who support them. It covers the changes in health, education and social care law which affect families with children with SEN and practical and therapeutic strategies to enable families "Towards a Positive Future". More

17 to 18 June, 24 to 25 June and 1 to 2 July 2016
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society, sponsored by Hesley Group
ExCeL London, NEC Birmingham and EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show is the national event for autism, dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester the event connects the growing autism community with the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition. At the event visitors can hear from the UK's leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; learn new strategies and approaches for home and the classroom; access one to one specialist advice; and interact with inspiring and thought-provoking features. Book tickets in advance and save 20 per cent at:

25 June 2016
Child Protection: What You Need to Know About Keeping Children Safe and Working Ethically
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

28 June 2016
Learning to wee and poo in the right place – continence problems in children with autism
A one-day course organised by The National Autistic Society, aiming to help with understanding the potential impact of autism on learning to use the toilet, alongside discussing specific continence issues. More

6 July 2016
Autism and social skills conference

This National Autistic Society’s conference will look at how unwritten social rules can be anxiety-inducing for autistic people. It will discuss the effectiveness of existing social skills development programmes and apps. More

7 and 8 July 2016
engage in their future National Conference
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
An exceptional programme of speakers and workshops will be delivered around the theme of "Curriculum for Life". There will also be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues. Click here for more details.

9 July 2016
Sensory Attachment Intervention. A Day with Éadaoin Bhreathnach
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

18 July 2016
Understanding and supporting the autism diagnostic process
This Lorna Wing Centre’s course is designed for professionals who are not clinically qualified to carry out diagnoses but where it is important that they have a good understanding about it. More

22 September 2016
NAS Masterclass – Autism and gender dysphoria
The three-hour Masterclass, organised by The National Autistic Society, will discuss the research that is relating to individuals on the autism spectrum living with conflicting gender and sexuality issues. More

3 November 2016
Policy priorities for SEND
Central London
CPD certified event. This seminar will discuss early indications of the joint Ofsted-CQC inspection framework and look at measures to improve educational assessment of children with SEND. More

Douglas Silas Solicitors
Prior's Court
University of Birmingham
The Autism Show
Clicker 7
British Psychological Society
Aka Books
Centre for Child Mental Health
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