Training and development
In this section, you'll find links to useful training and professional development opportunities available to support you.
Autism Education Trust (AET) training
|AET tier 2||13 February 2020||9am-4pm||University Centre, Shrewsbury|
|AET tier 3||28 February 2020||9am-4pm||University Centre, Shrewsbury|
To enquire or to book onto this training please contact University Centre, Shrewsbury on 01743 297168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Behaviour management training
Safe in a crisis
While disruptive pupil behaviour can be a reality for many staff, crisis doesn't have to be. Pivotal MAPA is designed for schools to address today's realities so that staff can safely and confidently respond to a range of behavioural situations. The programme provides prevention and deceleration strategies, including Pivotal Scripted Interventions, decision making and behavioural risk assessment, managing behavioural risk using MAPA disengagement and holding skills, and post-crisis restorative conversations.
The management of actual or potential aggression for schools (MAPA)
Pivotal MAPA is BILD-accredited and has been specially developed by teachers, teaching assistants and others who work with children and young people.
|Benefits for your school||Benefits for your staff||Benefits for your pupils|
|Elevate standards through evidence-informed accredited training.||Improve confidence and minimise anxiety associated with uncertainty during a crisis.||Show positive role models who can manage difficult situations.|
|Reduce school disruptions and use of restraint.||Decrease risk of injury by reducing physical accidents.||Provide guidance about making positive behaviour choices.|
|Increase time spent on teaching.||Establish a common, consistent language that improves staff communication.||Develop coping skills using restorative practices.|
|Support positive learning environments.|
|30/31 January 2020||Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE||£400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)|
|19/20 March 2020||Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE||£400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)|
|30 April / 1 May 2020||Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE||£400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)|
To discuss your training needs and to book a place contact Garry Dean (certified Pivotal MAPA instructor) - email email@example.com or phone 01743 254285.
ELSA training information for schools
The Educational Psychology Service will be offering training to develop an emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) in your school.
This is an excellent opportunity for schools to build their capacity and confidence in meeting the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, as encouraged in the 2017 green paper on ‘Transforming Young People’s Mental Health Provision’.
The five-day ELSA training in psychological theory and intervention by qualified psychologists enables teaching assistants to plan and deliver individual and small group support programmes in schools to children and young people (4-16 year olds) with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Once trained, and receiving ongoing supervision from a psychologist, ELSAs can help young people with a range of social and emotional needs such as: self-esteem and confidence building, social skills, emotional literacy, friendship issues, anger management, behaviour, anxiety, low mood, loss and bereavement, bullying/conflict and relaxation techniques.
The training will start in the autumn term commencing September 2020. The five day course will be spread out so that TAs will need to be out of school for one day per week for five weeks. After this, TAs will then be supported with regular two-hour half-termly group supervision sessions by an educational psychologist to ensure their work is effective and competent. They will also be given an ELSA handbook and given membership to the online ELSA network, full of resources and support.
The five-day course and five supervision sessions until the end of the year cost £800, which schools can purchase using their EPS package. Yearly supervision thereafter (six sessions a year), which is necessary to maintain accreditation as an ELSA, is £280. This is excellent value for money that results in having a person in school who can run effective SEMH interventions supported by a qualified psychologist.
Places are limited so please contact the Educational Psychology Service (office email: firstname.lastname@example.org, office phone: 01743 258414) if you wish to book a place or if you have any questions.
EPS attachment and dyadic developmental practice
Attachment and early developmental trauma
Level 1 training
Attachment training provides an understanding of early child development and the importance of nurture on the developing brain. It focuses on how to support teachers and key adults in understanding challenging behaviours and provides strategies to support children to regulate and manage their emotions more effectively. The training offers advice on establishing a key attachment relationship.
Level 2 training
Following on from the attachment training, this course provides staff with strategies to support children to regulate and manage their emotions more effectively. It uses the principles of Emotion Coaching and attachment theory.
Therapeutic working for key adults (DDP)
Level 3 training
This training is based on Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP). It is focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with their key adult. The programme actively communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). This training is aimed at key adults working with traumatised children. There is a requirement to have complete levels 1 and 2 prior to this training.
Contact the Virtual School for more information and upcoming training dates:
- Tel: 01743 250124
- Email: email@example.com
EPS CPD courses offered through University Centre Shrewsbury
The new partnership between Shropshire Council and University Centre Shrewsbury provides an extensive programme of continuing professional development training for school managers, teaching staff, support staff and governors. This training is provided either through courses delivered at a range of training centres across the county, or via school-based training sessions which can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the school (or groups of schools if necessary).
This area of the Shropshire Learning Gateway allows you to access the courses available and quickly see what is on offer.
There is a direct link from the course catalogue to the online booking portal. Schools/providers should use this as their first point of booking. Please note payment will be required at point of booking
For further assistance in booking courses:
- Tel: 01743 297168
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEN governor training
|11 February 2020||5.30pm - 7.00pm||University Centre, Shrewsbury|
To enquire or book onto any of the training above please contact University Centre, Shrewsbury on 01743 297168 or email email@example.com
SENCO network meetings
Find out more from our SENCO network meetings page.
Teaching assistant network meetings
Find details of teaching assistant network meetings from our SENCO network meetings page.
Therapeutic working for key adults training
Applying psychology to make the difference
This training is based on dyadic developmental practice (DDP) and is focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with key adults. The programme actively communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). This approach is particularly beneficial for teaching assistants working as the key adult attachment figure with traumatised children.
The educational psychologist delivers a bespoke three-session training programme over six weeks, looking in depth at strategies to forge a relationship by co-regulating emotions and co-constructing new meanings of past experiences.
The training is very interactive within a group of six. There is a requirement to have completed the attachment training delivered by the EPS through the virtual school prior to undertaking this training. The first week of the TWKA course revisits the attachment themes and looks at the issues in greater detail from the perspective of each of the key adults. There are between-session tasks to complete with their pupil before the second session. The second session concentrates on inter-subjectivity.
The session contains role play and practical demonstrations using DVDs. Again there are between-session tasks before the final session, which looks in more detail at PACE. The session gives advice on how to be PACEful and react to our young people in an attuned way.
Delivered by Poppy Chandler and Kim Jeffries (Educational Psychology Service).
Dates and times of sessions
Shrewsbury Training & Development Centre, Racecourse Crescent, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, SY2 5BP