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Code: OTSA/19/7 An Introduction to: Social StoriesĀ 

Do you have pupils who struggle with new experiences, or transitioning between places and activities? Who find social situations difficult, or lack empathy?

Social stories can be miniature manuals for young children. Presented through the art of storytelling, you can use them to teach children about behavioral norms, routines and expectations in an engaging and relatable way.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will be available to offer advice on individual pupils.

£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 12 March 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/30 Helicopter Stories - letting imagination fly!

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley, patron of MakeBelieve Arts. MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002. It forms part of their Storytelling Curriculum.

Trisha Lee delivers a lively, engaging and interactive training day exploring story scribing and story acting with young children.

The training uses Trisha's bestselling book "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" as a resource and a copy of the book is included for each delegate.

The Benefits of Helicopter stories:
An inclusive, whole-class pproach which values every child’s contribution;·
Facilitates high levels of engagement;
Creates confidence and self- assurance;
Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;
Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding; 
Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning; 
Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;
Allows children to explore the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;
Offers children a bridge into the world of story writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.

 Feedback on Helicopter Stories:
"Whoop whoop! Story scribing and helicopter storying are fab! Ahead of my moderation visit tomorrow my head met with me yesterday and the previous evening and was so pleased with the number of children who are writing and more than that writing independently!" ( feedback on Helicopter stories in practise)

"A little piece of magic!"

  

Audience: EYFS practitioners and teachers / KS1 Teachers / SEND Practitioners working in schools and settings.

Cost: £115+VAT to include lunch and a copy of "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" by Trisha Lee.

To find out more about Helicopter Stories and Trisha Lee please click here.

In its simplest form, Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by an EYFS or Key Stage 1 practitioner. The children then gather around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out.

Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.

This holistic approach uses the power of storytelling to develop key curriculum areas such as creativity, communication and language, personal, social and emotional skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classroom, giving children's stories a voice in a safe space.

 

 

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 19 March 2019 09:15 - 15:00 Hill End Centre Map

Code: OTSA/18/120 Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce with strategies to approach communication and behaviour effectively and empathetically. Through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation, professionals will acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behaviour. This course will cover the following:
Six emotions and what they mean in everyday life
Stress regulatory systems
Positive, tolerable and toxic stress
Vagal Tone
Impact of secure attachments and co-regulation
Meta-emotion
Safe haven and secure base
Mirror neurons
What Emotion Coaching means in practice
The four steps to Emotion Coaching

The Emotion Coaching approach enables participants to feel valued and in control of situations. Emotion Coaching strengthens practise and provision through the promotion of positive relationships with children, practitioners and parents.

 

Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Cost £85+vat to include lunch and refreshments

 

 

 

 

 

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 28 March 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/11 An Introduction to: Fundamental Skills

While many children acquire skills naturally as they grow and play, children with learning difficulties often need cognitive skills to be purposefully taught. Without this, developmental gaps result which affects their learning across all curriculum areas, especially Literacy and Maths.

This workshop is designed to support you to meet the needs of children whose abilities do not yet reach Level 1 of the National Curriculum. It will introduce TAs, NQTs, Early Career Teachers and SENDCos to the prerequisite skills that underpin all learning, and how they can explicitly teach and assess the very small pre-Literacy and pre-Numeracy skills that some children need to take in order to make progress.

This is useful to those teaching in special or mainstream education settings, and in Early Years, Primary or Secondary phases.

The session will be led by senior leaders at Bardwell school, a Special School for children aged 2 - 19 in Bicester. It will be interactive, and will give participants practical guidance on using assessment to maximise the potential of all of the children with whom they work.

£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 1 April 2019 16:00 - 17:45 Bardwell School Map

Code: OTSA/19/6 An Introduction to: Managing and Maximising TAs

They are your most important resource and most valuable classroom ally - but are you using them to their full potential?

Whether you are an NQT, Early career teacher, or new to managing a team, this session will introduce you to the essential principles for leading, utilising and cultivating the talents of your Teaching Assistants.

  • What is the role of a Teaching Assistant?
  • How can they add value to teacher input, without replacing it?
  • How can you support your support staff to feel more appreciated, valued and confident in their role?

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to address individual cases.

 

£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 15 April 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/44 SEND Reviewer Training

Have you read the SEND Review Framework, produced by London Leadership Strategy and the Whole School SEND Consortium?

Would you like to be trained to be a SEND Reviewer, yourself, in order to Review your own school or others?

Whether you are a Headteacher, SENCo or member of the Senior Leadership Team, participating in the SEND Review process is a rewarding and enriching experience that supports professional development, develops knowledge and inspires new ideas and ways of working.

It could also make a significant impact on the outcomes of pupils with SEND in your school.

This training event costs £130 + VAT, and includes lunch.

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1 Wednesday 24 April 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map

Code: OTSA/19/10 An Introduction to: Early Development

This workshop is aimed at Early Years practitioners in any school, nursery, or childcare environment, to support the play and learning of children with special educational needs and disabilities. It will introduce you to the very earliest skills that new born and young babies learn, and how to explicitly teach and assess the very small steps that children with SEND take.

This workshop would also be of interest to teachers and TAs from Special schools, who work with children with severe, complex or profound disabilities, and of all ages.

  • What are the earliest skills children need to learn?
  • How do I teach children with significant communication and learning needs?
  • What resources and expertise is available?

The session will be led by senior leaders and experienced teachers at Bardwell school, a Special School in Bicester for children aged 2 - 19. It will be interactive, and will give participants practical guidance on using assessment to maximise the potential of all of the children with whom they work.

£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 13 May 2019 16:00 - 17:45 Bardwell School Map

Code: OTSA/18/90 SEND Enhanced ITT session: Disability - A Family Perspective

This year OTSA is offering NQTs and teachers who are new to Special Schools the opportunity to participate in additional training sessions usually reserved for those on the SEND Enhanced Primary pathway into teaching.

Although aimed at trainee teachers, they would be equally useful to others looking to accelerate their professional development at the start of their careers, to broaden pedagogical knowledge, and develop a deeper understanding about how to meet the needs of pupils with more complex needs.

A presentation and discussion session exploring a wide range of factors and approaches.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 12 June 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Bardwell School Map

Code: OTSA/18/83 Ambitious & Inclusive Sensory Story Telling: Joanna Grace

This course is aimed at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Special school teachers, who are looking to:

  • foster the characteristics of effective early learning in their classrooms
  • create enabling environments with rich learning opportunies and stimulating resources
  • support young people to develop a positive sense of their own identity and preferences

Sensory stories are a glorious paradox. They are very simple, but have the capacity to open the world up, and to create opportunities for connection and communication. They are a porthole through which children are enabled to explore - in a sensory way - the richness of culture, history, art, and all the wondrous aspects of being human.

Joanna Grace is an international special educational needs and disabilities consultant, and is the founder of The Sensory Project.

The Sensory Project is based on the idea that with the right knowledge and a little creativity, inexpensive items can become effective tools for inclusion. In all her work Jo seeks to contribute to a world where people are understood in spite of their differences.

 

 

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Friday 14 June 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Frank Wise School Map