Support Staff

Assessment of children with complex needs

Description

The aim of this course is to enable staff to make effective use of ongoing 'formative' assessment as part of the graduated approach.

Attendees will be shown examples of observation-based assessment and how to effectively track small steps of progress for children with complex needs. They will also be given the opportunity to explore how effective assessment informs planning for children with SEND.

Audience

SENCOs, Teachers, Heads of Department, NQTs and Support Staff

Impact Statement

Pupils will:

  • benefit from accurate and in depth assessment of learning and identification of next steps
Staff will:
  • be able to identify and track steps of progress and set appropriate learning targets
Establishments will:
  • have more effective tracking of progress for children with complex needs

Arts Award Discover and Explore Adviser Training

Description

Discover and Explore are the first two levels of the Arts Award suite of qualifications which children and young people can work towards between the ages of 5 and 25. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to run Arts Award in your setting, including the assessment of log books.


You will have the opportunity to meet other professionals who are planning to run Arts Award and collect your Discover & Explore adviser toolkit, which details what is required at each level and find out how Arts Award could work for you in your particular setting.

Audience

Key Stage 1 and 2 Teachers, Subject Leads, Curriculum Leads.

Impact Statement

  • Teachers will become familiar with the assessment criteria and framework for the Discover and Explore levels of Arts Award
  • learn how to be the primary assessor for young people's Arts Award work
  • Find out about the Arts Award Local Area Network and what is happening in Greenwich
  • learn what happens next and how to move forward with Arts Award

Art Therapeutic Training: Targeted at primary/secondary transitional stage

Description

This course is run over three days. It will provide participants with an Introduction to Art Therapeutic intervention and prevention that will support pupils with their primary to secondary school transition.

The course will consist of:

  • Empowering participants to reflect on the own personal journeys/ narrative’s through self-awareness
  • Supporting pupils to develop new self-regulatory, sustainable and healthy coping mechanisms to deal with our complex relationships and ever-changing society
  • Using art as the vehicle to support pupils in building resilience and challenges
  • Using art to enable pupils to discuss their values, explore positive alternative to negative situations, with emphasis on non-biased behaviour in a fun and creative environment

Goals:

  • To have an understanding of what triggers Anti-Social behaviour
  • To raise awareness of self-regulation, making the right choice and encouraging creative expression
  • To gain experience of reflecting on their newly acquired skills as form of intervention and preventative for early mental health problems

Audience

SENCOs, Learning Mentors, Learning Support Assistants and other support staff in schools

Impact Statement

Pupils:

  • Will learn to be intuitive and learn new ways of being mindful, expressing themselves and integrating the whole of themselves in meaningful activities at school and at home
  • Will be empowered by learning new skills and tools in relation to coping mechanisms

Staff:

  • Will be skilled in supporting pupils to overcome challenges using art and creative activities

Clinical Practice and Consultation Supervision for Learning Mentors and other Pastoral Staff

Description

Staff continue to feedback the benefits of clinical supervision support provided, this includes:

  • Opportunity to share common concerns
  • Opportunity to support others in similar roles
  • Opportunity to tap into ideas, expertise and experience of others
  • Opportunity to reflect positively and safely
  • Providing personal & professional development
The sessions also model a framework for supervision that will support Learning Mentors and pastoral staff to work effectively with their students.

The sessions for current year will be facilitated by an experienced Specialised Clinical Social Worker from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Early Intervention Team, who is a member of the CAMHS Family Therapy clinic and has a specific responsibility for supporting the work of front line professionals in Children’s Services.
To ensure sessions are beneficial and effective, supervision will take place within small groups, with no more than 8 participants. Places must be confirmed.

Audience

Learning Mentors and other pastoral staff

Impact Statement

Pupils:

  • Will be safeguarded and supported by confident staff whose practice is safe and reflective
Practitioners:
  • Will feel supported and have a safe space to discuss concerns, development needs and strategies
Settings:
  • Will have staff who are equipped to carry out their roles in a safe and professional manner

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