Training and Support for Schools and Settings
This page brings together council-commissioned training options for schools and settings in Westminster relevant to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
View the sections below to find out more about the different training packages that are available.
Our SEN Support Toolkit provides a range of useful documents that you can use when supporting children and young people aged 0-25 including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The SEN Support Toolkit explains the responsibilities on early years providers, schools and post 16 providers for meeting the special educational needs of children and young people. The toolkit also includes guidance on many of the SEND processes that educational providers must follow.
You can find our SEN Support Toolkit by clicking here.
Our Multi Agency Good Practice Events offer a chance a for a wide range of professionals from multiple services and settings to come together and share effective strategies for supporting children and young people with SEND.
Please see below for details of our most recent events:
The Westminster Training and Outreach Service delivers special educational support and training to professionals in a wide-range of related services. They have expertise in areas covering:
- autism spectrum disorders (ASD);
- occupational therapy;
- visual impairment;
- hearing impairment;
- speech, language and communication needs (SLCN);
- and inclusion
Opportunities for training are advertised on the service’s online calendar.
Bespoke support and training can also be offered to schools following a self-referral. This can be for tailored information sessions or specific advice regarding a child at your school with SEND. Referral forms can be downloaded here.
Training on supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in mainstream schools or early settings is available as part of a joint offer by Central London Community Healthcare Trust and Westminster Training and Outreach Service.
The offer includes training on identifying and supporting children with communication needs, Makaton courses, and creating a more communication-friendly learning environment. A whole-setting approach is used and there are also a number of training programmes available that focus on wider social, emotional and mental health needs, which may be the underlying cause of the speech, language and communication needs.
CLCH NHS SLT Mainstream Schools Team
Learning Workshops for School Staff
CLCH Speech and Language Therapy Service are delivering a series of free learning workshops for mainstream school staff. These short, accessible workshops cover a range of common SLT strategies and interventions which will support students with a range of speech, language and communication needs.
The workshops on offer include:
- Introduction to Language for Thinking
- Using Colour-Coding to Support Language
- Using Visuals in the Classroom
- Introduction to Blanks Levels
- Conversation Groups
- Narrative Skills KS2
- Secondary Strategies
- Vocabulary Learning
- Zones of Regulation
- Lego Therapy
- Self Help Skills
To book on to a learning workshop please email email@example.com, if you are unsure which learning workshop would best support the students you work with please speak to the named Speech and Language Therapist for your school.
NHS Early Years SLT Basic Introductory Course
NHS Early Years SLT run an introductory couse to speech and language development aimed at early years pracitioners. It is split into three parts:
Foundation: The first session provides a foundation to speech and language development in children up to the age of five. Download the flyer here.
Advanced Level 1: The second session offers guidance on how to set up and run language groups to support the speech, language and communication of young children. Download the flyer here.
Advanced Level 2: The final session build on knowledge acquire in the second to teach a wider range of approaches to support children with speech and language development. Download the flyer here.
Our SLA for Schools: The EPCS offers a large range of training to schools promoted through our Schools SLA and through our school link EPs. We encourage schools to think about additional services they would like that relate to child and educational psychology and to request bespoke packages to suit their school development needs. We also encourage schools to think about joining with other schools to buy in traded time around a particular topic such as transitions, early years, high functioning ASD pupils or a particular aspect of research.
Other EPCS training is offered through the wider Schools CPD Programme 2018-19 coordinated through the Bi-borough’s Schools Standard Team.
Our ELSA training: This 5 day nationally evaluated scheme ‘The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant’ (ELSA) training has been run by the EPCS for 4 years now. The course covers a range of evidence based early intervention strategies including: Anger Management, Social Stories, Therapeutic Stories, Friendship Skills, and self-esteem boosting which can then be delivered to small groups and individuals in a school context. The training has a strong psychological underpinning covering a range of models. Appropriate for TAs and Learning mentors working in mainstream and specialist primary and secondary schools. ELSA’s also receive high quality group supervision every half term from an Educational Psychologist as part of the one off payment for the course.
VIG: NEW for 2018 – 19! We are delighted to let you know that we now have several Video Interaction GuidanceTM (VIG) practitioners as part of the EP team who can offer VIG to school settings through our SLA. This is an intervention through which a VIG practitioner and client (parent/carer/professional) reflect together on video clips of their own successful interactions. VIG is based on theories of attachment, cooperative ‘Inter-subjectivity’ (developing shared understanding) and mediated learning and is recommended as an evidence based Intervention by Public Health England (2015) and NICE Guidelines (2015). Please contact the EPCS directly for more information.
The Bi-Borough Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme offers diverse training opportunities to support delivery of a world class education in our schools. These courses have been designed to deepen subject knowledge and support those leading subjects across the primary school curriculum and includes training relevant to the support of children with SEND. There are courses and good practice networks designed to support the development of everyone from pre-NQT through to system leader.
The 2018-19 Bi-Borough CPD Programme can be downloaded here
Most CPD sessions are available to book online through links provided in the document. It is essential that sessions are booked in advance.
Your head teacher / staff development coordinator should approve or decline any request you make for training.
If you have queries, please contact Bi-Borough CPD Co-ordinator, Clare Sumpter by calling 07973 124014 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see below for a list of dates for the SENDCo Network Meetings. All meetings will run from 13.30-16.00, and will be held at various venues across the Bi-borough.
Westminster SENDCo Network - 21/11/18
Bi-borough SENDCo Forum - 23/01/19
Westminster SENDCo Network - 19/03/19
Bi-borough SENDCo Forum - 14/05/19
Westminster SENDCo Network - 19/06/19
Please visit the Westminster Training and Outreach page to find out more and book your place.
St Quintin's Centre for Disabled Children offers training for carers on short breaks programmes.
The training runs as a series of sessions across the year. The topics of the training days include:
- Understanding of learning and disabilities, including supporting challenging behaviour, personal care, and sensory processing
- Makaton training and engaging with children
- First-aid, risk asessment and fire evaluation
- Safeguarding, and data protection
- Help dealing with difficult situations, building reslience, and stress-management
- Equality, diversity and mental health awareness
All dates for 2018-2019 are FULLY BOOKED. You may still wish to download the programme for an idea of the range of training offered.
Dates for the year 2019-2020 will be published here as soon as they become available.
The Tri-Borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) CPD Pathways are a series of 2-hour specialist training sessions running throughout the year. They are led by specialist practitioners, skilled in working with young people with additional social, emotional and mental health needs.
Training available includes specific pathways on Behaviour and SEND
Bespoke behaviour training packages are also available for schools and 1-2 day whole school behaviour reviews can be delivered on request. For more information on these options, contact the TBAP Teaching School Alliance by sending an email to email@example.com.
The Cheyne Child Development Service run annual training days for staff at children’s centres, nurseries and schools around identifying children with developmental needs. These are free to attend for any professional working in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea or Hammersmith and Fulham.
The next training day, “Promoting Child Development Together with Children’s Centres”, will run on 27th February 2019. You can view the programme for this event by clicking here.
To book a place on the training day, please email Sheula Begum on firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.