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NatSIP, working together with East Riding Physical and Sensory Teaching Service, is pleased to offer our Multi-Sensory Impairment - Regional Centre of Expertise Training Course

Dates:

5 days over the period Wednesday 24 January 2018 to Monday 9 April 2018

Venue:

The Children's Specilaist Services Hub
Springhead Lane
Anlaby Common
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU5 5YJ

Booking: Open now

 

Jointly supported by NatSIP and the East Rising Physical and Sensory Teaching Service, this training course, offered as five days over eleven weeks, provides a practical approach to supporting access to learning for children and young people with deafblindness or multisensory impairment.

The course is for hands-on practitioners who work on a regular basis with learners who are deafblind or multi-sensory impaired.

The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with an opportunity to explore the needs of the individual children and young people, reflecting on, sharing and developing their practice. A local mentor will work with participants to develop an outcomes-focused case study.

Participants will work with a locally identified mentor agreed with course organisers, or mentoring will be provided (at additional cost).

 Dates and sessions:

Wednesday 24 January 2018 The Implications of MSI
Wednesday 28 February 2018 The role of the senses
Monday 5 March 2018 Developing communication skills - Session I
Monday 12 March 2018 The role of the senses
Monday 9 April 2018 Developing communication skills - Session II

 

Cost:

£550/delegate, if a local mentor is agreed within your workplace
£660/delegate if mentoring is provided by the course team

To book:

Please contact Lesley-Ann Gallagher, Manager, SaPTS, East Riding of Yorkshire. 
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T: 01482 392436

Available document:

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is offering free webinar training on Boosting the achievement of children in care.

In 2017, 57.3% of looked-after children were identified as having special educational needs

The BDA is offering webinar training aimed at:

  • Social workers, virtual school professionals or trainees
  • Foster parents/carers
  • Trainers working with the above

The webinars are designed to increase knowlege of neurodiversity and specific learning differences (SpLD), helping participants to identify, support and boost the life chances of children and young people woth a range of special educational needs.

The webinar package includes

  • Supporting resources
  • New Neurodiversity Profilers for children and young people aged 4-16+
  • Guide to SpLD

All webinars will be available on the British Dyslexia Association Youtube Channel

Two courses are offered:

Course: Training for professionals
Dates:

Part 1:  Wednesday 7 February 2017
Part 2:  Wednesday 21 February 2017

Time:: 12:30 - 13:30
Cost: Free

 

Course: Training for parents/carers
Dates: Wednesday 28 February 2017
Time:: 12:30 - 13:30
Cost: Free

 

 You can register for your free place on either course by following this link: http://bit.ly/2yRiWql

There are many different training options available for roles supporting children and young people with sensory impairment. It is less clear just what training certain roles should have, how courses relate to each other and whether they follow on from each other?

NatSIP has published a revised document containing three sets of training pathways (HI, VI and MSI) to help answer just these sorts of questions and illustrate the types of training available for specific roles working in the field of sensory impairment.

The document has been updated for 2018 to include changes to providers and courses. We would like to thank all colleagues who have contributed to the content.

The document is available:

Training and courses change over time and we aim to keep this document up to date. If you become aware of a course which should be included or have any other questions about the pathway please contact us or leave feedback.

We are pleased to announce that the NatSIP Working Day Sensory Impairment - Going Forward  on Tuesday 6 February 2018 is now open for booking.

Date:
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue:

Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Booking: Open now

 

This NatSIP working day is for managers and members of specialist SI service providers, including those in SI settngs, VCS, agencies and organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (CYP with SI).

During the day:

We will explore the latest developments across the Special Educational Needs and Disability areas which impact upon Sensory Impairment and the way services are commissioned for children and young people.

We will continue the work of the NatSIP workstreams in the contract with DfE for 2017 –18 and find out more about opportunities for partnership working in 2018-20.

Mark Geraghty (Co-chair, Lenehan Review) will discuss the findings in the Lenehan Report and the implications for commissioning services across the SI sector in the future

Dr Gail Deuce (SI researcher and practitioner) will draw upon her experience of over 30 years as a teacher of deaf and MSI children. As a practitioner and researcher with deaf/blind children, Gail will explore the understanding of Sensory Integration and Sensory Impairment

Brian Lamb (Lead, NatSIP Commissioning Workstream) will look at the Ofsted Local Area Review findings which have a focus on SI. As a result of the reports, how can SI services
position themselves to have greater influence in their own LAs?

There will be an update of emerging findings from NatSIP’s workstreams within the DfE programme 2017-18 and the national picture for SEND

NatSIP working groups will take place in the afternoon. These will include:

  1. SI examination guidance - including a pilot of the new online tool (Rory Cobb and Paul Simpson)
  2. Effective commissioning for your SI service (Brian Lamb)
  3. Regional commissioning for MSI and low incidence SEND (Mark Geraghty)
  4. Model Service Level Agreements (SLAs) - the principles across SI (Brian Gale)

Cost:

  • The cost for the day is £100/delegate reduced to £50/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations.

The following documents are available:

NatSIP, working together with Bradford Sensory Service, is pleased to offer a new 2-day training course Understanding the needs of chilldren and young people with multi-sensory impairment.  Booking for this course will open early in 2018.

Dates: Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue:

The Midland Hotel
Forster Square
Bradford BD1 4HU

Booking: Open now

 

This two‐day training course is for teaching assistants and other education professionals working with deafblind/multi-sensory impaired children and young people in mainstream settings.

Presenters:

Kate Challis works as a specialist teacher for children and young people with multi‐sensory impairment as part of the Bradford Children’s Services Access and Inclusion

Bev Mars (NatSIP Associate) has worked in both local authorities and the voluntary sector with deafblind/multi‐sensory impaired children, and currently works as a SENCO in a mainstream primary school.

Course content:

  • An understanding of the basic causes and impact of deafblindness/multi‐sensory impairment
  • Exploring how combined vision and hearing loss impacts on learning
  • Recognising the impact of sensory integration difficulties on learners
  • Strategies for developing communication skills
  • Developing social and emotional interaction
  • How to mange a classroom for a deafblind/MSI learner
  • Provision and roles and responsibilities

Cost:

The cost for the two day course including lunch and refreshments is:

  • £100/delegate

reduced to

  • £50/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

Course places are strictly limited to 20, so early booking is advised.

For more information, see the available documents below or contact Bev Mars:  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Available Documents;

Following a successful first presentation in September 2017, NatSIP, working with NDCS and London Borough of Tower Hamlets Sensory Service, is pleased to offer a second presentation of its new two-day interactive training course: Understanding the needs of children and young people with deafness

Delegates at the first presentation said:

  • "This course was very useful, lots of information about deafness. The ladies explained so well..."
  • "Very informative. Tina and Jen great presenters..."
  • "Amazing teachers! [...] it has taught me so much that I will take back to school and share with others..."
  • "Really well prepared and delivered. Good video and quiz activities. Hands on experience with different hearing aids."
Day 1:
Day 2:
Thursday 1 March 2018
Friday 2 March 2018
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue:

Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London
WC1H 9BD

Booking: Open now

 

This two‐day training course is for teaching assistants and other education professionals new to working with learners with deafness.

Most children with deafness (which includes all degrees of hearing loss) are educated within a mainstream settng, many with the support of a learning or communicatoon assistant. This course will provide a basic understanding of the causes and impact of deafness. It explores the role of providing support, and covers different support methods that can be used. It will improve knowledge of hearing technology and listening conditions, and help develop practical strategies to ensure the child you support achieves his or her potential in listening, learning and communicating.

Presenters:

  • Tina Wakefield, Education Consultant, National Deaf Children's Society/The Ear Foundation
  • Jen Nicholson, Head of Sensory Support Service, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cost:
The cost for the two‐day course including refreshments and lunch each day is:

  • £100/delegate,discounted to £50/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

Course content:

  • An understanding of the basic causes and impact of deafness
  • The latest hearing technology: cochlear implants, hearings aids, BAHA, radio aids and other hearing technologies
  • Strategies for improving learning conditions
  • Developing techniques and strategies for supporting communication and access to the curriculum in the classroom
  • Reviewing your role in providing support
  • Developing social and emotional interaction
  • Partnership working and the voice of the child
  • Literacy and working memory

Available documents:

The following documents are available:

NatSIP, working together with the RNIB, is pleased to offer another presentation of our two-day training course Understanding the needs of chilldren and young people with vision impairment Booking for this course will open early in 2018.

Dates: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2018
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Venue:

Royal National Institute of Blind People
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE

Booking: Will open early in 2018

 

This two‐day training course is for teaching assistants and other education professionals working with learners with vision impairment.

Cost:
The cost of the two day course (including lunch and refreshments) is £100/delegate reduced to £50/delegate for NatSIP‐affiliated organisations.

Available documents:

Following our presentations of the event Supporting the achievement of apprentices witn sensory impairment on 17 November and 1 December 2017, we are pleased to announce that the presentations and handouts from the event are available folder here in the NatSIP document library.

 

Following the successful running of the NatSIP event Education, Health & Care Plans Post-19 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Workshop for Parents on 25 November 2017, we are pleased to announce that all presentations from the event are availble folder here in the NatSIP document library.

 

Following the successful running of the NatSIP event Education, Health & Care Plans Post-19 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Workshop for Professionals on 24 November 2017, we are pleased to announce that all presentations from the event are available folder here in the NatSIP document library.

 

Sense is introducing a new way to communicate and explain who we are to the world – our brand identity in other words. It’s not about changing what we do – it’s about changing how we describe what we do, so that it is easier for people to understand and relate to.

Our brand identity has a huge impact on how people perceive and engage with us. It affects whether they refer people to our services, write positive things about us, volunteer time, donate money, shop or campaign with us.

Who we support and what we offer is so varied. Summing up Sense clearly, and in a way that connects to people outside the organisation, has been a challenge for a long time - a challenge we must tackle. If we don’t, we will struggle to be noticed in a busy, noisy world and we won’t achieve our goal to reach more people who would benefit from Sense support.

We have consulted and worked closely with many people across the organisation and beyond to create a new way of expressing Sense’s identity that is clear, distinctive and authentic.

This is an important step for us as a charity. Whilst it will take time to roll out, we are excited about the opportunities this new way of expressing Sense’s identity will create for building awareness and understanding of Sense. We are determined to connect with more people so that, together, we can work towards a world where no one is isolated, left out or unable to fulfil their potential.

Do read the blog: ‘A new way of making Sense to the world’, for a more detailed explanation of what is changing and why, and for the link to our new website.

NDCS have published a new booklet this week: My Baby Has a Hearing Loss: Support for parents of children aged 0–2.

This booklet is for parents who have just found out their baby has a hearing loss. It:

  • explains who NDCS are and how they can help families with a deaf child
  • gives brief introductory information on common topics, such as communication and hearing technology
  • signposts to further information and support.

Why did NDCS produce this booklet?

"We know that most deaf children are born to hearing parents, who have no previous experience of deafness, so for some families when they’re told their baby has a hearing loss, the news can come as a great shock. We asked parents what their top questions or concerns were when they first found out their baby had a hearing loss, and we’ve captured those in this booklet.

Please do contact the Helpline to order copies or it can also be downloaded from www.ndcs.org.uk/baby.

Please do share this with your contacts/networks/forums and let me know what you, families and professionals think of it. All feedback will be used to improve it when it’s reviewed and updated in the future."

As part of the 2017-18 Contract with the DfE, NatSIP and OnLineTraining Limited (OLT) are working in partnership to make funded training places on OLT blended learning courses available to frontline teaching staff, with the support of cohort tutors who are themselves SI professionals.  For more on the courses available, and on OLT itself, please see here.

In the first year of partnership under the DfE funded contract (2016-17) for workforce development, there were 40 tutors trained who delivered the training to 228 participants. We are now the second year of funding and word has been spreading about the quality and effectiveness of the courses, resulting in an increase of participation across the UK.  Some sensory services have just started, and others are now offering an additional course after the success and interest generated through their engagement last year.

The second year of delivery started in April 2017. Since then, 74 SI professionals (who hold the Mandatory Qualification or MQ) have become involved as cohort tutors.  Each tutor has to familiarise themselves with the course content and plan how they will deliver the course, and then invites frontline teachers to participate in their cohort.  35 tutors have passed their course, received tutor training and are running or preparing to run a cohort this year.  Some 297 participants have started courses and 19 participants have passed so far (November 2017).