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School Governance Support Services
School Governance Support Services
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Specialist Learning Support - Spring and Summer Training Courses
03 Sep
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 in the spring and summer terms: 7.2.20 Preparing for Ofsted: Case Studies to evidence impact 10.6.20 Precision Teaching
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.
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16 Oct
CDM Awareness - Role of Client
At the end of the course delegates should: Be aware of the relevant duties as required by CDM Regulations. Be aware of the type of information required by contractors and how to manage contractors on your school site. Be aware of Wolverhampton Corporate procedure and checklists.
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16 Oct
Existing Educational Visits Co-ordinators (EVC’s), Update Training,
This course comprises a combination of presentation, discussion and group work to refresh knowledge of the City Councils Educational Visits policy and procedures and determine the value of the visits. The course also goes onto cover the legal context of visits, roles and responsibilities, planning and risk management. There is plenty of time spent answering candidates’ specific questions.
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16 Oct
Governor Training: SEND Strategies & Managing SEND Settings
This session is designed to support SEND Governors in their understanding of the Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) programme and what good practice for the SEND Link Governor looks like. This training course will support your Governing Board with the following areas of the DfE’s Governance Competency Framework: 1. Strategic Leadership 2. Accountability 5. Compliance It will further support your School and Governing Board with the following aspects of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s published School Improvement Strategy 2018-2021: A. Champion outcomes for all pupils C. Set high expectations for Wolverhampton D. Close the gap in attainment & progress particularly for vulnerable pupils E. Understand & communicate LA priorities F. Have an awareness of school context G. Take part in training
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17 Oct
Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training for New EVC’s
The course will cover: Local, International, Residential and Adventurous visits Value of visits Legal context of visits Roles and responsibilities Planning Risk management, the legal background to ensure safe working practice on educational visits including health and safety and duty of care. What is meant by risk management? What is a significant risk? and how can it be mitigated? The importance of developing an establishment specific policy visit policy and ensuring staff are competent to carry out leadership roles. The role and responsibilities of the EVC, understanding the City Council’s policies and procedures and understanding how to submit a visit for approval.
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17 Oct
Safe Use of Steps & Ladders training
At the end of the session the candidates will be able to: have an understanding of statutory regulations identify types of ladders and steps understand safe use and carrying techniques inspect ladders and steps A multiple-choice test paper must be completed at the end of the session. Strong boots must be worn for this training.