At Woodfield Teaching School Alliance we are fully committed to providing high quality CPD for all members of staff in order to raise student achievement.Â Â Provision is in place for members at all stages of their professional development – from ITT to middle leadership.
Our CPD programmes are open to partner schools within our alliance, any other schools who are interested and to individual who would like to extend their knowledge into Special and Inclusive Education.
We also have a brand new dedicated training room that holds up to 30 trainees. The training room is available for hire too.
Woodfield Teaching School Alliance â€“ CPD Overview 2017-2018
Our NQT Induction Â Training Programme can be found inÂ here.
Visit us regularly to see future courses.
Makaton Foundation course
Description: The Makaton Foundation Course will provide a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information. The sessions cover research into sign and symbol use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication.You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and Additional of the Core Vocabulary.
Makaton Enhancement course
Description: The Makaton Enhancement Workshop concentrates on improving and developing signing and symbol skills. You will learn translation skills using signs and symbols.Â You will revise the signs and symbols you learned on the Foundation Workshop and learn the signs and symbols for Stages 5-8 of the Core Vocabulary.
Participants must have completed the Foundation Workshop.
First aid at Work (3 days course)
Description:Â Health and safety legislation places duties onÂ employers for the health and safety of their employees and anyone else on the premises. This course is designed for people who want to receive the most thorough first aid training and is especially suited for nominated workplace first aiders looking to gain comprehensive, certified HSE approval. You must attend all three days to be able to receive a certificate.
Paediatric First Aid (2 days course)
Description:Â This two-dayÂ paediatric first aid course focuses on emergency scenarios that face thoseÂ looking after young children and infants,Â including day nurseries, private nursery schools, pre-schools, before and after school clubs for children in the early years age group, childminders and carers of children at home. The paediatric first aid course meets the Ofsted Early Years and Childcare Register requirements. Practical skills are assessed by continuous observation by the trainer and there is a written assessment paper to check understanding.
Positive Behaviour Support â€“ The Woodville Approach
TVS-WTSA - Positive Behaviour Support
Thinking Therapeutically in Classrooms â€“ Challenging Behaviour
Description:Â This course will provide participants with the opportunity to consider the therapeutic issues around â€śchallenging behaviourâ€ť in relation to the circumstances and needs of children with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma. Participants will explore the signs and symptoms of trauma and how to work creatively with challenging behaviour in students.
This is the first session of two from Thinking Therapeutically in classrooms.
Thinking Therapeutically in Classrooms â€“ Brain and Trauma
Description:Â This course will provide participants with vocabulary to think therapeutically about â€śchallenging behaviourâ€ť and explore how trauma can impact learning. Participants will gain an understand of the neurological impact of trauma, they will be able to explore creative approaches to offering psychological and emotional support.
This is the second session from Thinking Therapeutically in classrooms
Safe Sexual Awareness among Adolescents with Autism and Special Needs
Description:Â This course will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the challenges of teaching sex and relationship education to adolescents with autism and special needs. The benefits and challenges of different teaching methodologies will be explored using the presentation of various case studies. The course will encourage participants to think therapeutically when planning and delivering teaching material.
Outstanding Teaching Assistants: Developing the Role
Description:Â This course addresses the challenges faced by Teaching Assistants working in a variety of general and specialist roles in schools. The programme focuses on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as questioning and planning, challenge and engagement, assessment, and differentiation. It has received excellent feedback from the participants â€śIt wasnâ€™t just throwing information at us. We were engaged and involved.â€ť
Speech and Language Support for 5-11â€™s Elklan
Description:Â A practical training course for staff working in primary schools to enable them to develop the speech and language skills of ALL children but especially those with speech and language difficulties. This course gives practical advice and strategies, which are also suitable for children with English as an additional language and other special educational needs. A Level 3 or Level 2 nine credit Award in Knowledge and Practice to Support the Communication Skills of 5-11s â€“ both levels are now on the QCF! A portfolio of evidence will need to be submitted.
Communication Support for Verbal Pupils with ASD -Elklan
Description:Â This programme has been developed for practitioners working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It contains a wealth of practical ideas to support those who are working with verbal children with social communication difficulties aged from 4-14. Participants can achieve a Level 3 or Level 2 nine credit Award in Knowledge and Practice to Support the Communication skills of ASD â€“ both levels are now on the QCF! A portfolio of evidence will need to be submitted.
Moving and Handling
Description:Â A one-day course covering safe moving and handling of people, manual handling and safe use of equipment Back problems account forÂ one-third of all workers' absence in the UK. Training staff to handle objects and people safely can reduce the risk of injury and absence. The course will cover: what manual handling is, lifting and handling safely, avoiding musculo-skeletal injuries, understanding safer handling policies and procedures, and understanding the importance of team handling and communication.
Supporting Complex Needs: Downs Syndrome
Description:Â This 2-day OCN level 3 accredited course will cover a number of aspects of working with pupils with Down's Syndrome and practical strategies for managing teaching and learning in school settings. Â Participants will learn and demonstrate skills used for working with pupils with Down's Syndrome during the sessions and in practical settings. They will devise strategies for teaching, assessment, and resource making, adapting environments and creating activities for individual pupils for use in a practical setting.
Description:Â This 2-day foundation level course will equip participants with the skills to set up and run the 4-stage Attention Autism programme. The Attention Autism programme targets the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills to children on the autistic disorder spectrum. There are demonstrations of the techniques in action, films of the work with children, practical hands-on experience for participants and ideas for activities. The intention is to share the practical skills needed for participants to feel confident in setting up and running the intervention immediately.
Supporting Complex Needs: Sensory Impairment
Description:Â This OCN level 3 accredited course comprises two training days, focusing on introducing visual impairment (VI) and hearing impairment (HI) and access in an educational setting. The course is based on knowledge and practical experience related to visual/hearing impairment. As an overview of some of the eye conditions participants will be using simulation glasses, as well as having practical experience of sighted guide. Participants will also have practical opportunity to explore hearing aids and frequency modulators (radio aids).Â Furthermore, participants will have opportunities to reflect on how these conditions and the environment can impact on learning, and how resources, lessons and the environment can be adapted to support students with visual/hearing impairment. Participants will have opportunity to experiment with adaptations of equipment and in planning activities and lessons for students with hearing/visual impairment.
Supporting Complex Needs: Sensory Integration
Description:Â A 2-day OCN level 3 accredited course on sensory integration in the school environment This course covers the basic theory of sensory integration and how a student with sensory integration difficulties may present in a school environment. Participants will learn and demonstrate skills used for working with students with sensory integration difficulties during the sessions and in the classroom setting. They will devise strategies for assessment, activity planning, adapting environments and creating sensory diets along with the occupational therapist and demonstrate these in action with pupils. Learning will be in the style of short lectures, group work and practical application.
Supporting Children and Adults using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) -Elklan
Description:Â A two-day course on supporting children and adults using Â Alternative and Augmentative Communication, delivered by an accredited Elklan trainer. Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Systems are essential for children and adults who find using speech and language skills a challenge. This course will look at whatÂ Â Alternative and Augmentative Communication is, assessment, unaided communication, low-tech communication aids, and high tech communication aids. The course uses relevant teaching methods including practical activities, videos and group discussion to engage learners.