SEN Newsletter September 2020

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  • Attachment
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In the September/October issue:
  • SENCo woes
  • SEN publishing
  • Schools and colleges
  • Dyslexia
  • Schools and colleges
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism and signing
  • Autism and bilingualism
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Slow processing
  • Coping with stroke
  • SEN law
and much more!

Featured Organisations

Featured organisations

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. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC).

Hesley Group provides specialist support through its schools, colleges and adult residential services with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resources, in high quality purpose built settings. Hesley are focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.

Timotay Playscapes create 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.

Texthelp has a simple mission ─ to help unlock everybody's full potential through innovative technology. To do this, they provide a range of assistive technologies to enable and support every level of student to succeed and excel with literacy, writing, maths and science subjects.

The Arts Council (Artsmark) is the only creative quality standard for schools, and can support you to build upon your commitment to creativity whilst developing pupils’ confidence, character and resilience. Artsmark’s flexible framework allows you to embed arts and culture across the curriculum, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of your school.

Bruern Abbey is just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, and 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.

CPD, Training and Events

Due to Covid-19 please check before visiting any event

ONGOING CPD and Training opportunities

Understanding autism
Online training
Recognize the strengths and challenges experienced by many autistic people and how to create enabling environments.

Autism and communication
Online training
Identify communication differences for autistic people and what factors impact upon successful communication to improve your support.

Autism and sensory experience
Online training
This introductory module explores how people respond to information from the senses and how this can be experienced differently by autistic people.

Autism, stress and anxiety
Online training
Explore the factors that impact on stress and anxiety in order to provide effective support to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on autistic people.

Women and girls
Online training
This module aims to support diagnosticians to better understand autistic female characteristics and therefore enhance confidence to diagnose successfully.

Autism: supporting families
Online training
Discover the experiences of families, consider common difficulties and acquire effective approaches for support.

Autism, sport and physical activity
Online training
A comprehensive introduction to the autism spectrum focusing on the delivery of sport.

Safeguarding children on the autism spectrum
Online training
Understand how autism is defined, identify safeguarding issues in autistic children and improve your communication and support.

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 SEN80 for up to an 80% discount on all courses this month.

Listen along to our panel of industry-leading SEN experts who examine the impact remote learning has been having on students with additional learning needs, and hear what they think the future looks like for supporting these students in a blended learning environment.

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.

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.

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.

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

Certificate / Diploma in Counselling skills with children using the Arts
Autumn 2020 start - P/T Training
The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
020 7704 2534

Autism in the workplace
Online training
Increase your understanding of autism and develop confidence in implementing reasonable adjustments for autistic colleagues.

Sheffield Hallam University postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome
Online course
Gain insight into how to develop support for individuals and examples of appropriate professional practice.

LIVE EVENTS: CPD, Training and Exhibitions

19 September 2020
Livestream Event (conference)
The Neuroscience of emotions and relationships. What you need to know to support children, teenagers and adults.
10.00 - 16.30 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
with Expert Neuroscientists Professor Eamon McCrory, Professor Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Professor Mark Solms
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

3 October 2020
Livestream Event (conference)
Working with bodies to heal minds
10.00 - 16.30 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

8 October 2020
Special Yoga & Mindfulness for Autism & ADHD
Equip yourself with a comprehensive toolkit allowing you to inspire children with Autism & ADHD, and to help them to develop a mindful and self-regulating approach towards their wellbeing and support their learning.

12 to 17 October 2020
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. Book your tickets today.

15 October 2020
Special Yoga for Cerebral Palsy & PMLD
Discover adaptive and accessible yoga practices for challenging physical limitations. Learn techniques to help relieve tension and pain and to reduce spasms, giving a greater sense of comfort for the children.

31 October 2020
Livestream Event (conference)
Brain-based Attachment Interventions to transform troubled lives
12.00 - 17.00 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
Dr Dan Hughes and Dr Jonathan Baylin present
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

14 November 2020
Livestream Event (conference)
From Fire to Phoenix: Personal Journeys of Childhood Trauma to becoming a Knight for Others
10.00 - 16.30 (UK time zone) | Cost: £125
Vital skills, words and competencies of emotionally available adults
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

18 to 19 November 2020
NEC, Birmingham
The Schools & Academies Show
Secure your free place to be part of the largest discussion on the future of education.
Visit the website for more information

1 to 2 December 2020
Virtual MAT Expo
Join the UK education sector's biggest ever virtual event. Virtual MAT Expo brings together 1000+ senior MAT leaders, 70+ speakers and 45+ suppliers for 2 days of collaboration and innovation.

9 to 11 December 2020
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Learning and Teaching Expo
Join us for worldwide educational resources and inspiring CPD programmes catering for your needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details at

9 to 10 December 2020
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC)
Register now to attend AISC 2020 and share stimulating experiences and insights with world-renowned speakers in the international school sector. Full speaker lists are available at

8 to 9 January 2021
Business Design Centre, London
Boost your professional development with CPD seminars at the Tes SEN Show. Register your free place and book early bird seminars for just £16+VAT with the early bird discount (full price £19+VAT).

28 January 2021
Yoga for Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
Learn how to guide children with dyslexia and dyspraxia to thrive, find their potential, build resilience and equip them with tools they need for positive self-development.

27 February 2021
Special Yoga for the Down Syndrome Community
Learn how to bring Special Yoga’s powerful, effective and accessible practices for babies through to older people with Down Syndrome.