At this present time , when teachers and teaching assistants are home based, and looking for worthwhile on line professional learning , you may like to visit http://www.complexneeds.org.uk
16 modules of teacher training , at 4 levels . Level A is specifically designed for Teaching Assistants. Level D , for example , is for those in Leadership roles, whether as SENCO, Assistant, Deputy or Headteacher/Principal.
The attached article details what the modules are , and their aims and purpose.
When first launched the user friendly nature of each module and the accessibility were highly praised.
On the journey of professional learning, as schools and teachers prepare to implement Engagement more fully as assessment, this article may offer some useful insights.
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These are the briefing sheets on the neurodiverse conditions – Complex Needs- the DfE funded CLDD Project, (directed by Professor Barry Carpenter), originally compiled.
These are available to download free of charge. There are three sheets in each set, for each Complex Need, (e.g. FASD, Attachment, Prematurity etc)
They are particularly valuable for Teaching Assistants, NQTs, and for Teachers encountering a particular type of Special Need for the first time. They contain essential information, some teaching ideas, and signposts for finding out further information.
These briefing sheets were originally hosted on an SSAT website which has recently been taken down, but teachers are still asking for the sheets, which is why they are being made available.
1a FASD | Classroom Support Sheet
1b FASD | Briefing Sheet
1c FASD | Information Sheet
2. Attachment Disorder
2a Attachment Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet
2b Attachment Disorder | Briefing Sheet
2c Attachment Disorder | Information Sheet
3. Premature Birth
3a Premature Birth | Briefing Sheet
3b Premature Birth | Classroom Support Sheet
3c Premature Birth | Information Sheet
4. Rare Chromosome Disorder
4a Rare Chromosome Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet
4b Rare Chromosome Disorder | Briefing Sheet
4c Rare Chromosome Disorder | Information Sheet
5a ADHD | Classroom Support Sheet
5b ADHD | Briefing Sheet
5c ADHD | Information Sheet
6. Mental Health
6a Mental Health | Classroom Support Sheet
6b Mental Health | Briefing Sheet
6c Mental Health | Information Sheet
7. Sensory Impairment
7a Sensory | Classroom Support Sheet
7b Sensory | Briefing Sheet
7c Sensory | Information Sheet
8. Fragile X
8a Fragile X | Classroom Support Sheet
8b Fragile X | Briefing Sheet
8c Fragile X | Information Sheet
9a Autism | Classroom Support Sheet
9b Autism | Briefing Sheet
9c Autism | Information Sheet
10. Effects of Drug Use & Smoking During Pregnancy
10a Drugs & Smoking | Briefing Sheet
10b Drugs & Smoking | Classroom Support Sheet
This new module, resulting from the pan European Erasmus Project, examined inclusive practice for children with Complex Needs across 8 European Countries. The Project used the training materials developed as a result of the DfE funded Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project, (Carpenter et al , 2012/ 2015) , to promote understanding and knowledge transfer around children’s Complex Needs . The goal was that this would impact on practice and increase opportunities for Inclusion.
Written by Jo Egerton, Senior Research Fellow for the ITIDE Project , based at Leeds Beckett University (and formerly Research Officer for the CLDD Project) this new module is designed to add fresh information to the suite of Complex Needs modules . This module is designed be used introduction to inclusion in education. It can be studied alone or as a gateway to the Complex Needs modules (www.complexneeds.org.uk).
Engagement Profile and Scale in a SEN Specialist School
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‘Supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
CORE & ESSENTIAL STANDARDS’
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This beautifully crafted article by Jo Egerton and Bev Cockbill describes a school based inquiry, generating an evidence base, from which professional judgements can be made about the effectiveness of emotional well being journals as a resource for promoting positive mental health is children with SEND.
It is timely as it addresses practical approaches to Mental Heath in schools, but also demonstrates the power of classroom-based inquiry as a key approach to professional learning for teachers and teaching assistants.
Discount offer from Routledge on books by Professor Barry Carpenter
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