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Inclusive Practices

Assessment and Planning of ASN in ELC Settings

This course will introduce you to key concepts and ideas to support your understanding and practice in relation to identifying Additional Support Needs and Planning for these needs.

Target Audience: Staff who are assessing and planning for Additional Support Needs within ELC settings

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Date, Time and Venue: 

24 January 2024 - 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm - online MS Teams

1 February 2024 - 9.15am - 12 noon - 2 High Street, Room 413

13 February 2024 - 9.15am - 12 noon - 2 High Street, Room 413

Note: all 3 sessions must be attended to complete the Programme

 

Presenter: Pauline Linn and Karen Dixon - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Provide an overview of the National Context in relation to inclusive practice and explore.  Assessment and planning processes for children with Additional Support Needs within ELC settings.

 

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CYPP Paperwork

Target Audience: SLT Primary and Secondary

This session will support the understanding of when a CYPP is required, understand how to collate and take account of relevant information, populate and undertake a CYPP.

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Date, Time and Venue: to be confirmed

 

                                                 

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Aims and Outcomes: an opportunity to explore legal grounds for exclusion in practice and last resort, planning and preparation for return from exclusion, assessment and identification of ongoing needs.

 

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CIRCLE Collaborative Conversation

Target Audience: Staff leading on CIRCLE in school

An opportunity to share practice, jointly problem solve and identify further developments.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

6 February 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

13 May 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

                                                 

Presenter: Julie Martin / CIRCLE implementation group

 

Aims and Outcomes: To provide updates on CIRCLE implementation in Perth and Kinross.  Provide opportunities to share practice in using CIRCLE in schools.  Increase staff confidence in implementing CIRCLE effectively.

 

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Colourful Semantics

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

Colourful Semantics provides an engaging, dynamic and visual approach to support Children’s language development by coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs.

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Date, Time and Venue: 20 March 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Discuss the principles of sentence building related to grammar and meaning.  Explain the use of colours, symbols and signs to develop sentences.  Give examples and ideas for resources.

 

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Communication Friendly Environments

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

All classrooms will have children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). There is growing evidence of the impact of SLCN on Children’s Learning and social integration.

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Date, Time and Venue: 5 June 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and outcomes: You will learn how you can adapt and improve your educational environment to make learning more accessible, to create language learning opportunities, and to make the most of your interactions with children to support their communication development. Aligns with Environment, Structures & Routines, and Skills components of the Circle Framework.

 

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Connecting with Parents Motivation 

Target Audience: All staff supporting children, young people and their families.

Connecting with Parents Motivation is a strength-based communication skills training system. It is designed to enhance the abilities of the early years and the wider children and families workforce, so that they can have more of the kinds of conversations with parents that facilitate uptake of support.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

23 May 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Glenearn Community Campus, Room 007/007a

                                                  

Presenter: Rebecca Ewan & Shona O'Connor - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims: To develop empathy for parents of young children with behaviour problems.  To help engage parents with support to deal with challenges with their children’s health & wellbeing or behaviour.  To refresh communication skills and understand ambivalence.

Outcomes: Practitioners will have increased confidence to support parents to access services.  Practitioners will be confident to use Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflection and Summaries when responding to change talk.

 

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Co-ordinated Support Plans: Follow up to Video Discussion 

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Class Teachers, PPST, DHT, PT, HT, SFL

Please note that prior to each discussion successful applicants will be sent a link to view a CSP training and guidance video in preparation for the session.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

19 February 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

14 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

                                                 

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Aims and Outcomes: To provide a forum to discuss CSPs after watching the CSP training and guidance video. A look at how to complete a checklist and write a CSP.

 

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Dyslexia supporting CYP in Class (Primary)

Target Audience: SLT and Primary class teachers

This session will provide an overview of what barriers to learning might be expected and what supports can be provided through a staged level of intervention.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

20 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - venue to be confirmed

 

Presenter: Kirsty Lockhart - Perth and Kinross Council

 

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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Date, Time and Venue: to be confirmed

 

Presenter: Tricia Davenport - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Enhanced Support - P1 - Group A

Target Audience: Targeted P1 Teachers

Session is 1 of 3 training sessions to support P1 teachers understand he needs of children who have enhanced support.

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Date, Time and Venue: 9 May 2024 - 9.00am - 12noon - 2 High Street, Perth - Room 415

 

Presenter: TBC

 

Aims and Outcomes: Staged intervention and collaborative working.  Understanding factors/barriers/need to support planning.

 

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Enhanced Support - P1 - Group B

Target Audience: Targeted P1 Teachers

Session is 1 of 3 training sessions to support P1 teachers understand he needs of children who have enhanced support.

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Date, Time and Venue: 9 May 2024 - 1.00pm - 4.00pm - 2 High Street, Perth - Room 410

 

Presenter: TBC

 

Aims and Outcomes: Staged intervention and collaborative working.  Understanding factors/barriers/need to support planning.

 

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Foster Inclusion and Reducing Exclusion

Target Audience: SLT Primary and Secondary

An opportunity to explore the legal grounds for exclusion.

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Date, Time and Venue: to be confirmed

 

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Aims and Outcomes: an opportunity to explore legal grounds for exclusion in practice and last resort, planning and preparation for return from exclusion, assessment and identification of ongoing needs.

 

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Gypsy Travellers 

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Class Teachers, PPST, DHT, PT, HT, SFL

This session will provide an overview of how to support our learners who are Gypsy Travellers.

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Date, Time and Venue: 25 April 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - venue to be confirmed

 

PresenterKirsty Lockhart - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Home Education Awareness 

Target Audience: SLT

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Date, Time and Venue: 7 March 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Christy Stevenson - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Incredible Years for Practitioners

Target Audience: All staff supporting children, young people and their families

An opportunity for all professionals and practitioners to gain an insight to the key elements of the Incredible Years Programme. This will include Toddler, Basic and School Age programmes.  

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Date, Time and Venue: 14 February 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Pullar House, Perth - Room 10/11

 

Presenter: Mari-Anne McGregor & Carolyn Jasper - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Develop an understanding of how a collaborative approach helps parents to achieve their goals, strengthen parent/child relationships and also reduce parenting challenges.  Help practitioners to identify families and by explaining the benefits, encourage parents or carers to take part in the Incredible Years Programme.

Practitioners will have an increased understanding of the Incredible Years programmes.
Practitioners will be more confident to speak to parents about the Incredible Years Programmes.7  Practitioners will understand the application process of parents accessing the Incredible Years Programmes.

Impact of Being a Young Carer

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Date, Time and Venue: 2 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Susan Ross - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Introduction To ASD

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Class Teachers, PPST, DHT, PT, HT, SFL

Participants will engage in a range of activities to develop their understanding of autism. Participants will explore the ways in which learners experience their sensory and social environments and will leave with an understanding of common strategies to support learners.

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Date, Time and Venue: 19 February 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Michelle Calder - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Introduction to Word Aware

Target Audience: This course is suitable for all Nursery and Primary Staff

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Date, Time and Venue: 13 March 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  This course gives a brief overview of the Word Aware programme and aims to encourage settings to take up the training as a whole school approach.  Full Word Aware training can be requested for your whole setting / LMG.

 

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Legislation, Policy and Practice

Target Audience: 

An opportunity to explore key legislation and policy and how this is reflected in practice.

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Date, Time and Venue: to be confirmed

 

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Manual Handling In-service Day Training

Target Audience: For staff to support the transition of a child from P7 to S1 in August

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Date, Time and Venue: 15 April 2024 - 9.15am - 3.30pm - Inchview Primary School

 

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Moving and Handling - Follow Up Question Time 

Target Audience: SLT, CT, PSAs

An opportunity for discussion and questioning after Moving and Handling Training. 

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Date, Time and Venue: 27 February 2024 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Bob Fleming - Perth and Kinross Council / Lead PSA

 

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Moving and Handling - Full Training 

Target Audience: Those supporting with the moving  and handling of Children and Young People.

Overview of relevant legislation, and your responsibilities in relation to this.  The importance of Risk Assessment, and how to approach it.  Spinal function and back health, including the key principles of bio-mechanics.  Controversial Techniques. Moving and handling in an emergency situation.  Complex Transitions.  Practical sessions-demonstrations and practise using skills and equipment to support safer Manual Handling techniques and manoeuvre.

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Date, Time and Venue: 7 May 2024 - 9.20am - 2.50pm - Woodlea Cottage, Perth 

                                                  

Presenter: Bob Fleming - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Complex transitions.

 

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Moving and Handling Nursery - No Hoist

Target Audience: Those supporting with the moving and handling of Children and Young People.

Overview of relevant legislation, and your responsibilities in relation to this.  The importance of Risk Assessment, and how to approach it.  Spinal function and back health, including the key principles of bio-mechanics.  Controversial Techniques. Moving and handling in an emergency situation.  Complex Transitions.  Practical sessions-demonstrations and practise using skills and equipment to support safer Manual Handling techniques and manoeuvre.

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Date, Time and Venue: Date to be confirmed - 9.30am - 1.00pm - Woodlea Cottage, Perth 

                                                    

Presenter: Bob Fleming - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Spinal function and back health, including the key principles of bio-mechanics.  

 

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Moving and Handling - Refresher 

Target Audience: Those supporting with the moving and handling  of Children and Young People.

Overview of relevant legislation, and your responsibilities in relation to this.  The importance of Risk Assessment, and how to approach it.  Spinal function and back health, including the key principles of bio-mechanics.  Controversial Techniques. Moving and handling in an emergency situation.  Complex Transitions.  Practical sessions-demonstrations and practise using skills and equipment to support safer Manual Handling techniques and manoeuvre.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

12 March 2024, 11.15am - 2.45pm - Woodlea Cottage, Perth 

11 June 2024, 11.15am - 2.45pm - Woodlea Cottage, Perth 

                                                   

Presenter: Bob Fleming - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Moving and Handling in an emergency situation.

 

 

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Nurturing Relationships Programme - Phase 4

Target Audience: Schools Leads

This programme uses an action research model to support schools on their Nurturing Relationships journey. Schools will progress through the six nurture principles, guided by their school leads team over a period of 4+ years. Online training and coaching offered to the school leads team and whole staff training is offered to provide a universal level of understanding of the key concepts of nurture..

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Date, Time and Venue: 30 January 2024 - 3.45pm - 5.15pm - online MS Teams

                                                    

Presenter: Rachel Rennie and Leah Smart - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: To improve wellbeing and promote resilience through an emphasis on quality relationships within the whole school community.  To promote individual and collective understanding and confidence in the importance of nurturing relationships.  To enhance progression in learning through applying nurture as a whole school approach.  To use implementation science to promote nurturing approaches, support developing practice and ensure sustainability.

 

Closing date for applications is 22 December 2023.  

 

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Neurodevelopmental Parent Portal Introduction for Professionals

Target Audience: Professionals working with families in Tayside

This is an opportunity to hear about the new CAMHS ND Parent Portal. We will introduce you to the portal, tell you a bit about it's development and about how we are planning to use it to support families. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for a professional's code to access the portal.

 

Date: 5, 12 and 21 December 2023 and 11,18 and 25 January 2024

 

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You can sign up via Eventbrite here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/neurodevelopmental-parent-portal-introduction-2862419

 

Person Centred Planning

Target Audience: Support staff, especially those working in secondary schools, including PCWOs, Inclusion Officers, Pupil Support and Guidance teachers, EPs, CLWs, CLAs, Services for Young People.

Person centred planning is a tried and tested tool to put young people’s views at the heart of planning in order to “unstick” situations, improve engagement with school and support effective transition planning.

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Date, Time and Venue: 25 March 2024  - 9.30am - 3.45pm - The Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH

 

Presenter: Inclusive Solutions

 

Aims and Outcomes: To develop confidence to use person centred planning with young people in schools to support engagement. To develop knowledge of person centred planning tools to identify any further CLPL needs in this area.

 

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Phonological Awareness

Target Audience: Participants would also benefit from having completed the CHAT for Schools: Foundation and Communication Friendly Environment training.

Phonological awareness is a strong predictor of literacy success and other related outcomes.

This course looks at the difference between phonics and phonological awareness, and discusses the difference and the impact that phonological awareness may have on a child’s learning. Staff may already know a few activities for rhyming, syllable clapping etc, but this course extends your knowledge of these and allows staff to approach these skills in a more structured way. A baseline measure is discussed which can be used in your classroom. A manual of activities is provided, and the presenters will demonstrate some of these during the session. Feedback from this course has been very positive.

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Date, Time and Venue: 1 May 2024  - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Recognise the importance of phonological awareness in a child’s development.  Prioritise phonological awareness in the classroom curriculum.  Identify children in need of targeted phonological awareness.  Know how to implement appropriate phonological awareness activities with children in a classroom or in a targeted group.

 

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Positive Relationships

Target Audience: All ELC and Primary staff

This is a face to face session that will provide a framework for supporting children who are experiencing behaviour challenges, to enable them to regulate themselves to the greatest extent possible whilst taking on board your own knowledge, skills and experience.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

20 March 2024 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - North Inch Community Campus, ICT 16/17

28 May 2024 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - North Inch Community Campus, ICT 16/17

                                               

Presenter: Shona O'Connor - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: To support practitioners who want to have a better understanding of how to respond to children.  The course will provide discussions around self-regulation and how this can be used when supporting children who are experiencing challenges.  The session will give the opportunity to explore top tips but also take on board, participants own knowledge skills, experience and sharing good practice.

By the end of the course participants should be able to understand what might cause challenging relationships and how to build positive relationships.  Participants should be able to communicate more clearly and effectively, allowing them to take back the skills they have learned and implement within their setting.  Participants will have a greater understanding of different strategies and techniques when responding to children. 

 

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Practical Workshop on using CIRCLE Up, Up, and Away

Target Audience: all ELC staff

Practical support for those working in the Early Years to engage with and use the CIRCLE Up, Up, and Away document to support high quality provision for all children that is inclusive, developmentally - appropriate, and secures children's learning and progression.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

19 March 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Bertha Park, Early Years Base

2 May 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Bertha Park, Early Years Base - Primary One teachers may wish to attend on this date to support transitions from ELC to school.

 

Presenter: Karen Dixon, Pauline Linn and Carly Williams - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Increase knowledge of the CIRCLE Up, up, and Away Document. Increase understanding of how to practically apply the document to improve the ELC provision offered in practice.  Increase confidence to use the resource as a tool to support children with a range of ASN in the Early Years.

 

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Restorative Approaches Training for School Leaders

Target Audience: HTs, DHTs, and PTs

As part of our Nurturing Relationships framework, we have an exciting opportunity to offer bespoke CLPL for school leaders focused on Restorative Approaches.  This will be provided by Mark Finnis, from Independent Thinking, a leading trainer and author in this area Mark Finnis Independent Thinking.  We are finalising the details of the content but have requested the following: why restorative approaches are important as part of a relationship-focused education setting, at every level of staged intervention.  How restorative approaches can be applied at higher levels of staged intervention, in challenging situations, for example use of restorative conferences.  Applying restorative approaches in situations of distressed and challenging behaviour or severe bullying.  Creative ways to apply restorative approaches in challenging situations, e.g. shuttle mediation.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

2 May 2024 - 9.00am - 4.00pm - 2 High Street, Perth - Civic Hall

OR

3 May 2024 - 9.00am - 4.00pm - 2 High Street, Perth - Civic Hall

 

Presenter: Mark Finnis - Independent Thinking

 

Aims and Outcomes: Participants will have increased confidence in taking a restorative approach in challenging situations.  Participants will have increased knowledge of restorative processes that can be used beyond restorative conversations.  Participants will be able to identify any gaps in terms of CLPL to support the use of restorative approaches at all levels of staged intervention.

 

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Risk Assessments

Target Audience: 

This training will cover legal position when a risk assessment is required, completing a risk assessment and examples of risk assessments.

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Date, Time and Venue: to be confirmed

 

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Solihull Approaches Foundation Training 

Target Audience: All staff supporting children, young people and their families.

The Solihull Approach is a framework which helps provide a practical way of working with and supporting families. It aims to increase the emotional health and wellbeing of children and their families, ensuring children have a good emotional start in life whilst supporting parents in a creative and consistent approach. The Solihull Approach helps parents process their own emotions and anxieties allowing them to cope and focus more clearly on how to assist their children's emotions, anxieties and behaviours.

Please note: to complete the foundation training there is a minimum of 12 hours of learning. 

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Date, Time and Venue: 

Group 8

Session 1 - 7 May 2024 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - Perth Grammar School, Drama Room
Session 2 - 14 May 2024 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - online MS Teams
Session 3 - 21 May 2024 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - online MS Teams
There will be some home learning between each session.
Presenter: Gregory Potter & Nina Roberts - Perth and Kinross Council
 
Date, Time and Venue: 
Group 9
Session 1 - 13 June 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Perth (venue TBC) in-person. Three hour e-learning to be completed before attending Session 1, this can be completed in segments.
Session 2 - 24 June 2024 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - online MS Teams.
One hour e-learning to be completed before attending Session 2.
Presenter: Gregory Potter & Shona O'Connor - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims: To introduce practitioners to the Solihull Approach model as applied to working with babies, young children, young people and their families.  To introduce practitioners to the developmental effects of childhood trauma in relation to working with children and their families.  To introduce a model for understanding the impact of relationships on health and wellbeing and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health and wellbeing.

Outcomes: Practitioners will be more confident to support children, young people and their families.  Practitioners will be more aware of the impact of trauma.  Practitioners will have an effective and consistent approach across agencies as a shared framework.

 

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Solihull in Practice Network

Target Audience: Solihull trained staff from across early years, primary and secondary settings

The Solihull in Practice Network sessions will bring Solihull trained practitioners from across PKC together. The aim of these sessions is to increase the confidence of all practitioners in using the Solihull Approach to support the families they work with; ultimately improving the outcomes for the children and young people of Perth and Kinross. Sessions will be held on a termly basis, both during the day and as twilight sessions.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

13 February 2024 - 6.00pm - 7.30pm - Grammar School Perth, Room 1F006

OR

25 April 2024 - 6.00pm - 7.30pm - North Inch Community Campus

 

Presenter: Nina Roberts and Gregory Potter - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims: To give practitioners the chance to connect with other colleagues who use the Solihull Approach in their practice with families.  Share their knowledge and experience of putting the Solihull Approach into practice, including any challenges or barriers they are facing in implementing the approach.  Hear about any updates from NHS Education for Scotland in relation to the Solihull Approach.

Outcomes: By the end of each session, practitioners will leave with new ideas on how to support families understand and use the Solihull Approach.  Have had the chance to hear the perspectives of others delivering the Solihull Approach and take away and apply new ideas into practice.  Have an awareness of any updates regarding the Solihull Approach and be able to share these with their staff teams, as appropriate.

 

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Speech for Schools

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

In the UK it is estimated that around 10% of children (2-3 in every class) have some form of persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN’s). SLCN’s come in many forms. This course focuses on supporting children with speech sound difficulties. It discusses expectations of typical speech sound development and the impact of speech sound difficulties in the primary class room. We want to build positive experiences of communication for all children and there are many way to help children with unclear speech. Staff will already be using helpful strategies in class and this course should add to these. It should also provide clarity on when and how to request additional support. We touch on the process of therapy itself to provide insight about intervention for specific speech difficulties and the importance of therapy support.

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Date, Time and Venue: 19 June 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Understand the importance of clear speech in a child’s development.  Recognise when a child’s speech is causing them a specific difficulty.  Know how to support the chid with speech difficulties in the classroom and how to access and prioritise further support if needed.

 

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Support Staff - Inclusive Practices

Target Audience: PSA Staff - Primary

Knowing Ourselves - The Role of the Adult: being aware of our own wellbeing and skill set to be prepared to support meeting the needs of our learners.

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Date, Time and Venue: 14 February 2024 - 9.00am - 3.00pm - Perth Grammar School

 

Presenter: Educational Psychologists and members of the Inclusion Team

 

Aims and Outcomes: Support staff will have the opportunity to reflect on the importance of their own wellbeing and their vital role in supporting our learners.  Through the workshop experiences they will have the opportunity to further develop skills  that will support meeting the needs of our children.

 

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Supporting Children who Stammer

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

This session aims to provide information about stammering in children and young people, and strategies which are helpful for supporting them in your setting.

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Date, Time and Venue: 22 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Provide information about stammering.  Increase your awareness of factors which can impact a child’s stammer.  Provide practical strategies for you to use to support a child with a stammer in your setting.  Give you an increased awareness of other sources of information and support.  Provide you with opportunities to seek further advice for working with specific children you support.

 

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Supporting Children with Language Difficulties

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

Children with language difficulties are very common in classrooms and implications for learning and life outcomes are discussed. This session outlines what to look for as well as describing practical strategies for the classroom and signposting to other sources of support.

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Date, Time and Venue: 28 February 2024 – 2.30pm to 5.00pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

  

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Supporting Engagement – Solution Focused Approaches

Target Audience: Secondary and primary support staff, primary teachers

Solution focused approaches can be used with individuals or groups to support engagement and goal setting. Participants will understand the principles underlying solution focused approaches, and practice a range of tools.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

21 November 2023, 31 January and 6 March 2024 - 9.30am - 11.30am - online MS Teams - Programme: all 3 dates to be attended.

 

Presenter: Rachel Rennie and Julie Martin - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:

To share information about solution focused approaches and how they can be used to support engagement, to support consideration of how solution focused approaches can be used in participants' practice.

Participants will understand the principles underlying solution focused approaches.  Participants will have knowledge of and have practiced a range of tools that form part of a solution focused approach.  Participants will feel confident adapting the approach according to the young person they are working with and the progress made towards goals.  

 

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Supporting Girls with ASD (Primary)

Target Audience: Primary Class Teachers, PPST, DHT, PT, HT, SFL

With a focus on the voice of autistic girls, participants will explore specific challenges for girls with autism, including managing anxiety, social demands and sensory sensitivities. Participants will develop awareness of approaches to support autistic girls through their Primary school years. 

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Date, Time and Venue: 6 February 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - venue to be confirmed  

                                                                                             

Presenter: Jen McNicol - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Participants will review their understanding of autism before considering the ways in which autism is experienced differently for girls.  Participants will hear feedback from autistic girls on their experiences of Primary school before developing their own professional toolkit of approaches to support professional curiosity in identifying and meeting the needs of girls with autism.

 

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Supporting Girls with ASD (Secondary)

Target Audience: Secondary Class Teachers, PPST, DHT, PT, HT, SFL

With a focus on the voice of autistic girls, participants will explore specific challenges for girls with autism, including managing anxiety, social demands and sensory sensitivities. Participants will develop awareness of approaches to support autistic girls through their Secondary school years. 

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Date, Time and Venue: 18 April 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm - venue to be confirmed  

                                                                                             

Presenter: Jen McNicol - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Participants will review their understanding of autism before considering the ways in which autism is experienced differently for girls.  Participants will hear feedback from autistic girls on their experiences of Secondary school before developing their own professional toolkit of approaches to support professional curiosity in identifying and meeting the needs of girls with autism.

 

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Supporting the Learning and Development of Boys in the ELC Setting - Closing the Gender Attainment Gap

Target Audience: Anyone working with children in an early learning and childcare or childminding setting.

During this training, you will hear about the gaps in developmental milestone data between boys and girls in ELC settings.  You will explore how unconscious gender bias can impact on interactions and provision in ELC settings, and discuss with colleagues how to ensure the needs of boys are met in your ELC setting.  Signposting to up to date reading and research will also be provided.

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Date, Time and Venue: 13 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm or 6.00pm - 7.30pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Nina Roberts, Carly Williams and Sally McDougall - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: Raise awareness of the developmental milestone attainment gap.  Raise awareness of the differences between male and female brains.  Raise awareness of the impact that brain differences can have on learning and development.  Raise awareness of strategies that take account of gender difference to support children's learning and development.

 

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Teaching Children to Listen

Target Audience: Teaching Staff

Introduction to foundation listening and attention skills.

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Date, Time and Venue: 22 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Summary- What is TCTL?  Demonstration of how to run TCTL groups including session plans and resources.  Opportunity for questions and practical planning discussions.

 

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Universal Supports - using Apple Tools to Support Leaners Needs

Target Audience: Suitable for practitioners from Primary and Secondary setting including SMT, Digital Champions, Teachers, PSAs etc.

This course will:  Ensure practitioners are confident with using and adapting Apple devices to meet the needs of learners.  Demonstrate how to use accessibility features to meet needs of learners.  Explore a variety of tools which can support learners needs when using an iPad.  Look at Apps which could be used for both specific ASN needs and universal supports.  Increase confidence of practitioners with using Apple tools within their settings.

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Date, Time and Venue: 6 March 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: How to use an Apple device to support learners with ASN.  How to adapt and change Apple devices and applications to suite the needs of a learner.  Explore Apple Apps which can be used as universal supports e.g. speech to text, office lens and safari reader.

 

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Universal Supports - using Microsoft to Support Leaners Needs

Target Audience: Suitable for practitioners from Primary and Secondary setting including SMT, Digital Champions, Teachers, PSAs etc.

This course will: Ensure practitioners are confident with using and adapting Microsoft devices to meet the needs of learners.  Demonstrate how to use accessibility features to meet needs of learners.  Explore a variety of learning accelerators which can support universally within education settings.  Look at how Microsoft can meet literacy, health and wellbeing, numeracy and CRIS outcomes through their learning accelerators.  Increase confidence of practitioners with using Microsoft tools within their settings

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Date, Time and Venue: 21 February 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: How to use a Microsoft device to support learners with ASN.  How to adapt and change Microsoft applications to suite the needs of a learner.  Explore Microsoft Accelerators - a set of free online tools which can be used in educational settings as universal supports e.g. immersive reader, reading progress, search coach and much more.

 

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Verbal Comprehension and Comprehension Monitoring

Target Audience: It is useful for all children but particularly at upper primary levels and those who are transitioning to Secondary.

This course gives some awareness raising of the features and impact of poor verbal understanding. It provides a programme to follow with these children as a targeted approach, and allows time to explore resources to use. We are working on some video material to demonstrate the work.  Feedback from other education staff has been very positive and shows an impact on children, increasing their class participation, confidence and self esteem.

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Date, Time and Venue: 8 May 2024 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm - online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Speech and Language Team 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Comprehension Monitoring is appropriate for people working with children with the following difficulties: Understanding and remembering instructions and information.  Understanding concepts for learning and new vocabulary.  Asking for help and are dependent on adults to aid their comprehension.  Understanding the importance of good questioning and enables staff to direct questions at the child's level of understanding.

 

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What is Family Learning

Target Audience: All staff supporting children, young people and their families.

This session will highlight the importance of family learning and why it makes a difference. Professionals will gain an insight into the key elements of the Parenting and Family Learning Team, including the full range of support available to families and how families can access this support. The session will help professionals to identify and offer additional support to parents/families that they are currently working with.

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Date, Time and Venue: 8 February 2024 - 9.30am - 12.30pm - Glenearn Community Campus,  RG007/007A

 

Presenter: Megan Campbell and Tracey McCallum - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes:  To develop an understanding of the support available to families and how this can be accessed.  To help practitioners to identify families and by explaining the benefits, encourage parents or carers to take up this support.

Practitioners will have a better understanding of the range of support on offer from the Parenting & Family Learning Team.  Practitioners will have an increase knowledge of why, when, and how to apply for support for families.  Practitioners will be more confident to signpost and encourage parents to engage in the support available.

 

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