Key Stages 3 & 4
Our Key Stage 3 & 4 course offers a flexible approach to training secondary school staff. Every training session supports theory into practice by systematic action planning and review. The course consists of:
A Whole School Introduction to SLCN
Designed to be delivered to a large audience, this one hour session introduces a whole school staff to SLCN, how to identify students with SLCN and five key strategies the whole school staff can use. Information about further training for identified staff is shared.
Implementing a Whole School Approach
The core training session for leaders, SENCOs and wider team members. This session includes developing knowledge of SLCN through the Language for Learning model of speech, language and communication skills; identification and audit tools; creating language friendly environments and working as a team.
Processing Information & Instructions
An optional training session for all staff who have attended the core session. This session includes understanding why young people with SLCN experience difficulty with verbal information and instructions; recognising students with these difficulties; improving your own communication skills and implementing, adapting and monitoring strategies.
Improving Vocabulary Skills
An optional training session for all staff who have attended the core session. This session includes understanding the complexity of developing vocabulary skills; recognising students with poor vocabulary and word knowledge; and implementing, adapting and monitoring strategies.
Social Communication Skills
An optional training session for all staff who have attended the core session. This session includes understanding the range of skills required to communicate and develop relationships effectively; recognising students with poor social communication skills; and implementing, adapting and monitoring strategies in a variety of social contexts.
SENCO & TA Survival Courses:
We offer two half day introductory courses tailor made for SENCOs and TAs. These survival courses aim to fully equip SENCOs and TAs with a range of practical ideas. Each participant receives a canvas Language for Learning bag full of identification tools, practical resources, equipment and a handbook with additional photocopiable material.
TA Survival Course
This course is focused upon an introduction to SLCN, how to identify children and young people with SLCN and a range of practical strategies for TAs to use in the classroom. Leave the course with a bag full of equipment ready to use!
SENCO Survival Course
This course is focused upon the role of the SENCO; it provides a whole school approach, audit tools to consider whole school practice; identification tools for SLCN and key strategies for use across the school. SENCOs are provided with a demonstration kit of key strategies to use in their school setting.