• Specialist Learning Support - Autumn Term Training Courses

  • Getting it Right: Interventions and Strategies Workshops to Support Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

  • Autumn Training Courses run by the Educational Psychology Service

  • KS2 Reading Project

  • School Governor Training 2018/19

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Specialist Learning Support - Autumn Term Training Courses
24 Jun
Bookings being taken now. Places are purchased separately from and are not dependent on an existing service level agreement. There are substantial discounts for purchasing places via this site, but you can send a booking form by email if you prefer. You can find further details in the Training section. Coming up this autumn term: 17.9.19 Understanding Dyslexia 19.9.19 SEN Ofsted Ready 1 3.10.19 Teaching Children to Write 12.11.19 Differentiation to support pupils with SEN 19.11.19 Wave 3 Interventions
Getting it Right: Interventions and Strategies Workshops to Support Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools
06 Feb
Since its launch in 2018 over two thirds of Wolverhampton schools have accessed training for Getting It Right; a Good Practice Guidance Resource for helping schools to support positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing. We are now offering a range of practical workshops focused on interventions and strategies to promote positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing. Each workshop will give you the tools and skills to implement interventions and strategies in your setting and with the children and young people you support. Our workshops are running throughout the year and we are also able to deliver them directly in your setting for your whole-staff or groups of staff. Our workshops are: Dealing with Conflict and Bullying: Restorative Conversations (February 28th - 3.30-5) A restorative conversation is a useful way of bringing people together following an incident to explore what has happened, discuss the impact of this and agree ways forward. They have been used to successfully resolve conflict, improve relationships and prevent fixed term exclusions. Preventing Escalation of Challenging Behaviour: Emotion Coaching (2 sessions) (4th and 11th March - 3.30-5) Emotion coaching is a method of enabling children and young people to manage their own behaviour through helping them to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur, and how to handle them. Anger: how do we understand and manage this complex emotion? (2nd April - 3.30-5) Anger is not a bad emotion, however it is challenging when anger is expressed in potentially harmful ways. Learn more about how to respond to anger and how to support children and young people to understand it and express it in more helpful ways. Promoting Social Skills: GRASP Intervention (1st May - 3.30-5) GRASP is a 6 session programme that is designed to provide pupils with a range of skills and understanding, such as problem solving and assertive expression, which will enable them to make confident, positive decisions in social situations with peers. Promoting Friendships and Reducing Isolation: Circle of Friends (16th May - 3.30-5) Circle of Friends is an approach to support a student who is in danger of feeling isolated or left out. The Circle of Friends approach works by developing a support network around the individual by asking the young person’s peers to provide support and engage in problem solving with the person in difficulty. Responding to Anxiety: Mindfulness (4th June - 3.30-5) Research findings show that regular mindfulness meditation significantly reduces anxiety. Mindfulness involves paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. We will share strategies that you can support children and young people to use. Each session costs £50 per delgate and are being run as twilight sessions at the Lawnswood Partnership Centre for Excellence. To book your place please visit https://www.lawnswoodpartnership.co.uk. If you would like further information about the sessions or about having them delivered directly to staff in your setting please contact Dr Elaine Perry (Senior Educational Psychologist), elaine.perry@wolverhampton.gov.uk or speak to your link Educational Psychologist. Getting It Right: Steps to Support Behaviour and Wellbeing - EXTRA SESSIONS: If your school has not yet accessed the free training sessions introducing the Getting it Right guidance resource, we have 2 further dates that you can access. Tuesday 26 February 2019 – 9.30-12.30 Wednesday 27 March 2019 – 9.30-12.30 To book your free place please visit https://www.lawnswoodpartnership.co.uk. Feedback from the Getting it Right Training Sessions: "Very informative. Clear strategies for identifying how to support behaviour and emotional wellbeing" "Excellent - thank you. I would like elements of this training shared with the whole school" "Useful strategies, programmes and assessment tools to take back to school" "I will be making use of planning and assessment tools in everyday practice. Lots of food for thought!" "Very helpful and approachable. I found asking questions very easy - lots of explanation given" "Wonderful!! So useful in my daily work - Thank you."
Autumn Training Courses run by the Educational Psychology Service
11 Sep
The Educational Psychology Service aims to work together to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Wolverhampton by promoting inclusion, helping to overcome barriers and enabling positive participation for all. We run a range of centrally held training courses accessible to all professionals who have a role in supporting children and young people across the city. Centrally held training courses being run by the Educational Psychology Service in Autumn 2018: Using Counselling Skills to support Children and Young People (13th September 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Inclusion for Gender and Sexual Diversity (4th October 2018, 9.30 – 12.30) Self-harm Awareness (22nd October 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Communication and Behaviour: What’s the link? (14th November 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Attachment, Trauma and Resilience (11th December 2018, 1.30 – 4.30 All courses will be held at the Lawnswood Centre for Excellence and cost £50 per delegate. For more information and to book your place visit the Training and Events section of SLA Online. Courses coming up in the Spring Term include: · Emotion Coaching · Understanding Loss and Bereavement and planning for Critical Incidents · Using Solution Focused Approaches with Children and Young People · Attachment and Trauma in Teenagers If you would like further information regarding our training please contact Dr Elaine Perry (Senior Educational Psychologist) - elaine.perry@wolverhampton.gov.uk
KS2 Reading Project
06 Sep
In 2017/18 we worked with 23 schools in Wolverhampton to help improve reading results. Across the 23 schools the average improvement in reading results was 15.3 percentage points when compared to 2017 with 8 of the schools improving by 25% or more. A summary of the full independent evaluation of the project is available on request. If you want similar support this year please contact Mark.Smith2@wolverhampton.gov.uk Reading comprehension resources coming soon on our Resources page for all subscribing schools with a CLL SLA.
School Governor Training 2018/19
13 Mar
Dear Schools, You may have noticed that City of Wolverhampton School Governor Services have a new SLA out this year: the Evolving Governance SLA. Due to the end of our three-year funding, we are now having to put a minimal charge to our Governance Support. If you are interested in continuing to attend our Governor Training Programme for the next academic year, you will need to sign up as a school to our Evolving Governance Package. This package includes: · Access to our Governor Training Package for three Governors per board per session (and a reduced rate for extra places at sessions) · Access to our termly Governor’s Forum, with key Local Authority updates and bite-sized training sessions · A two-hour Governance Audit resulting in a bespoke Action Plan for your Board with achievable short- medium- and long term aims · Telephone Support on all Governance Issues · Support for all your Governor Recruitment and Retention, including advertising your vacancies and providing new Governors with an Induction pack · Access to our Buddy System for any Governors who would like a mentor or simply a contact on another board for advice, information exchanges and link-role support · Full access to bespoke online portal for all dataset management, document storage and communications from the Local Authority Additionally, if you purchase this package you get a significant discount on our Clerking Service, as well as the below services that we also offer: · 12-month account for all board members to access NGA “Learning Link” - Governor E-Learning · A 3-day External Review of Governance led by a National Leader of Governance (NLG) · A tailor-made Governing Board session to analyse your individual school’s specific performance data and progress measures in order to enable you to better hold leaders to account · A bespoke Training session on a subject of your choosing held at your school · A session of training delivered at your school from the current training programme · A Governance expert to attend your FGB to observe and feed-back advice and resources to Head Teacher and Chair · 1:1 Support meeting with one of our Governance team If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact us on 01902 554137 or email charlotte.harding@wolverhampton.gov.uk.