SEN Newsletter April 2021

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Featured Organisations

Featured organisation

Timotay Playscapes Creating inspirational sensory playgrounds, outdoor spaces and playground equipment, providing nurturing, rehabilitating and inclusive environments. Using natural materials and creative thinking they offer unrivalled outdoor space solutions tailored to your needs. All products are manufactured in-house for quality and longevity. Sensory outdoor play solutions are also available to buy. Looking for funding, request your FREE funding guide.

The British Psychological Society BPA provide nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC).

Bruern Abbey Located just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, Bruern Abbey is the only preparatory school in the country to have as its main purpose the preparation of boys with learning difficulties for Common Entrance and other entrance examinations to mainstream independent senior schools.

T G Escapes They design eco-buildings that are sensitive to the environment and net-zero in operation to save energy and money in the long term. They connect the inside to out providing natural light and easy access to the outdoors. They stand alone and can be self-contained including treatment, sensory and breakout rooms. Offsite construction keeps costs low and timescales short.

CPD, Training and Events

Due to Covid-19 please check before visiting any event

ONGOING CPD and Training opportunities

Online Education from New Skills Academy
Online training
New Skills Academy pride themselves on providing the best online education courses to further your career. Their experienced tutors have meticulously created some incredibly well received diplomas. Their diverse portfolio includes courses in the following areas; Autism Awareness Diploma, ADHD Diploma and Asperger Syndrome Awareness Diploma. Use code SEN76 for up to an 76% discount on all courses this month.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Develop your knowledge and understanding of autism and discover the principles of how to support individuals with autism. Available at no cost to you.

Specialist services from Mable Therapy
Pearson have collaborated with Mable Therapy, Europe’s biggest provider of online speech and language therapy and counselling provider to help schools in the UK with rapid access to affordable, direct and engaging online therapy as well as high quality training for teachers.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children & Young People’s Mental Health
Gain an insight into 5 to 16 year-olds’ mental health and the risk factors that may affect their mental wellbeing. Available at no cost to you.

Level 2 Certificate in Behaviour that Challenges in Children
Gain an understanding of behaviour that challenges in children, including how such behaviour can be assessed and the avoidance techniques to help minimise effects. Available at no cost to you.

Blocked Trust and Blocked Care
Traumatised Children: Why Pace heals (Play, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy)

Webinars presented by Dr Dan Hughes
(International expert & clinician, founder of Dyadic Development Psychotherapy)
Cost: £49 (30-day subscription)
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Improve your understanding of issues related to different types of learning disabilities and how these affect individuals in their daily lives. Available at no cost to you.

Certificate / Diploma in Counselling skills with children using the Arts
Diploma in Counselling Teenagers
Diploma in Trauma-informed Schools

P/T Trainings
The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
020 7704 2534

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
Develop a knowledge of several different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. Available at no cost to you

LIVE EVENTS: CPD, Training and Exhibitions

17 April 2021
Livestream conference
Working with bodies to heal minds (for children, teenagers and adults)
10.00 - 16.30 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

24 April 2021
Livestream conference
Therapeutic Interventions to heal and strengthen three virtual elements of attachment and mental health : Relationships, Regulation & Reflection
Presented by Dr Dan Hughes
10.00 - 16.00 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

27 to 30 April 2021
Online event
The Schools & Academies Show Online
Secure your free place to be part of the largest online discussion on the future of education.
Click here for more info

5 May 2021
Online training
Sensory considerations
Explore how sensory differences can impact autistic people and what supportive approaches may help.

8 May 2021
Livestream conference
Personal journeys of childhood trauma to becoming a knight for others (vital skills, words and competencies of emotionally-available adults)
10.00 - 16.30 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

8 May 2021
Online training
NAPLIC Conference
Join the Online conference exploring and celebrating LANGUAGE: THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE GAP. Focusing on all aspects of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and SLCN, the event will look at how the latest research, innovations and best practice can be utilised to improve outcomes.
Book your place now (from £30)

11 May 2021
Online training
Autism and SPELL in higher education
An introduction to autism and the SPELL framework for higher education professionals.

11 May 2021
Online training
EarlyBird plus licensed user training
Delivered live online this licensed user training is for professionals looking to support parents and carers of autistic children aged four to nine through our EarlyBird Plus programme.

19 May 2021
Online training
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism
This one-day course explores how you can help autistic children and adults to reduce stress and anxiety, how to understand their behaviour, and how to support them during difficult times.

19 May 2021
Online training
EarlyBird licensed user training
Delivered live online this licensed user training is for professionals looking to support parents and carers of autistic children under five years through our EarlyBird programme.

2 to 3 June 2021
Virtual and Face to Face
Qatar Digital Learning Summit
The pandemic has just accelerated the FUTURE OF DIGITAL LEARNING and this Summit will focus on the challenges and solutions of EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY. This is a Hybrid event, wherein if anyone is unable to fly to Qatar due to travel restrictions they will provide you with a virtual platform.

7 June 2021
Online training
Postgraduate certificate in autism and asperger syndrome
The Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome is run with Sheffield Hallam University.

8 June 2021
Online training
Teen life user training
This licensed user training is for professionals to support parents and carers of young autistic people aged 10 to 16.

14 to 19 June 2021
Online event
The Autism Show: Webinar Week
In association with the National Autistic Society, The Autism Show: Webinar Week will be broadcasting over 50 live sessions of online learning in just six days, plus many more pre-recorded webinars to provide practical help and support for home and the classroom. All content is CPD certified. Price includes access to recordings of all webinars for 30 days. Book your tickets today

15 June 2021
Online training
Essential autism licensed user training
A three day training course that licenses autism experienced professionals to deliver the Autism and SPELL course to their staff teams.

15 June 2021
Online training
Understanding and supporting autistic people
This introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic children and adults.

22 June 2021
Online training
Autism and continence
This one-day course will focus on the common toileting difficulties in autistic children.

11 November 2021
The Kent Event Centre, Detling
The Education People Show 2021
REGISTER NOW for your FREE place. Engage and learn from industry leaders through the educational seminar sessions, inspirational keynotes and the extensive education suppliers.