Awareness training

Introduces essential knowledge which will be helpful for all members of staff in all schools and many other practitioners working directly with children and young people.

Courses

All awareness training is available to schools and can be purchased through a service level agreement (SLA). The contact EP for your school can provide you with more information about the training below, and about other training that might be available to meet the needs of your school community. On a practical note, unless otherwise stated or agreed, preparation time is equivalent to delivery time so, for example, if the delivery time for a session is three hours, this will be a total of six hours of SLA time.

  • An introduction to supporting children with attachment needs
  • An introduction to autism
  • An introduction to dyslexia and specific learning difficulties
  • Emotional resilience: An introduction for school staff
  • An introduction to executive function
  • Motivation and engagement: Getting the best out of children
  • An introduction to positive approaches to behaviour management
  • An introduction to speech, language and communication needs
Introduction to supporting children with attachment needs

This training introduces delegates to the core concepts of attachment theory and provides opportunities to learn about different types of attachment style. Delegates will also be supported to understand how children with different attachment styles may present in the classroom and some key ways of supporting these children in school.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • All school staff

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • The core concepts of attachment theory and what is meant by secure attachments
  • Overview of different attachment styles and how children with attachment difficulties might present in the classroom
  • Opportunities to consider some key ways of supporting these children in school  
Introduction to autism

This introductory training provides delegates with a basic understanding of the characteristics of autism spectrum condition (ASC). In addition, there are opportunities to consider how best to support children with ASC in the classroom.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • All school staff

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • Develop an understanding of  autism spectrum condition characteristics
  • Learn more about practical strategies for supporting children in school 
Introduction to dyslexia and specific learning difficulties

The focus of this training is on understanding the needs and experiences of children with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties. Typical reading development is discussed, in addition to strategies and approaches that can be employed in the classroom and small group settings to support children with literacy difficulties. Additionally, the session encourages school staff to consider the implications of these difficulties on individuals’ self esteem.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
  • Teachers
  • Learning support assistants

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • How dyslexia can be defined and what it is like to have these types of difficulties
  • The principal skills of reading development
  • How to meet children’s needs in the classroom and through Wave 2 and 3 interventions
  • How specific learning difficulties can influence self esteem and self image
Emotional resilience: An introduction for school staff

Emotional resilience is the ability to thrive, mature and learn in the face of adverse circumstances. The aim of this training is to describe the psychology which underpins emotional health and resilience, to consider the school’s role in promoting resilience and to suggest practical ways forward.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • Teachers
  • Learning support assistants
  • Senior Leaders

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • What we mean by resilience
  • What the protective factors are for being resilient
  • The key components of resiliency
  • How to build resiliency in staff and pupils
Introduction to executive function

Executive function has been described as the air traffic control system of the brain. This training explains what executive function is, and explores its importance to learning in school. It also considers the development of executive function, as well as the evidence base for improving it.

Who will find the training most useful?

  • All school/setting staff, particularly those in foundation stage or early years.

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • Begin to explore the elements of executive function and how they develop.
  • Learn about the evidence base for improving executive function.
  • Think about what is already being done, and what else might be done, to help children with executive function difficulties.
  • That play is essential to healthy development, emotional well-being and academic success.
  • To have opportunities to practically plan for play in your school.
  • To engage all staff in this planning, especially those who will be with the children during the play.
Motivation and engagement: Getting the best out of children

This training will support staff to feel more confident about how to encourage children’s motivation for learning so that they are more happily engaged in school.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • Teachers
  • Learning support assistants
  • Senior leaders

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • When children learn best
  • How we should think about motivation
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Developing action plans to develop motivation
Introduction to positive approaches to behaviour management

This training aims to develop a clear understanding of the multi-element model of behaviour (LaVigna & Willis, 1995) which upholds the fundamental principle that all behaviour communicates a message. In this session participants will have the opportunity to work through the model to consider how it can be used in practice. Additional resources and approaches are shared and practised throughout the session. This training provides an opportunity for school staff to consider pro-active and reactive strategies to support children to manage their behaviour in school.

Who will find this training most useful?

  • Senior leaders
  • Teachers
  • Learning support assistants

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • develop a clear understanding of the multi-element model to support behaviour management
  • reflect on how this model can be used to support staff in developing approaches to managing behaviour; including how to write individual behaviour management plans (IBMPs)
  • To recognise the assault cycle and how to respond at different stages of the cycle. 
Introduction to speech, language and communication needs

The focus of this training is on understanding and supporting the needs of children with speech, language and communication difficulties. Key information about the different types of difficulties that might be experienced is discussed, as well as opportunities to consider how speech, language and communication difficulties impact on other areas of development. Strategies and recommendations for supporting these children in school are also explored.

Who will find this training most useful?
  • Teachers
  • Learning support assistants

What will I learn? (key learning objectives)

  • The difference between speech difficulties and language difficulties.
  • How speech and language difficulties can affect a child’s progress in other areas of development.
  • Strategies and recommendations for monitoring and supporting children.