Last week was another busy week for Axcis. We were out and about at a range of events run by our partner organisations, as well as supporting students seeking jobs, running CPD training for our candidates, and even sponsoring a Twitter chat! Someone get me a coffee – thank goodness half term is almost upon us! Read on to find out more about what we got up to.
Autism and Relationships, Puberty, Sex and Sexuality
On Tuesday, Mat and Lydia went along to Villa Park in Birmingham to attend the NAS (in association with Autism Central) conference on Autism and Relationships, Puberty, Sex and Sexuality. The conference featured keynote presentations from some notable experts, including:
- Dean Beadle, Journalist and Autism Speaker.
- Sarah Hendrickx, Autistic Adult, Asperger Syndrome Consultant and Specialist Author, Hendrickx Associates (as seen on BBC TV Horizon – Living with Autism).
- Alis Rowe, The Curly Hair Project and Author.
- Kate Reynolds, author of Sexuality and Severe Autism and the storybook series Sexuality and Safety with Tom and Ellie
Subjects included; challenging expectations around love and relationships and also taking an insider’s view on puberty, relationships and sexuality for teenagers. There were also interactive seminars focused on key issues such as teaching the difference between public and private behaviour, staying safe, and how to deliver effective group work on sex and relationships. The day was busy with plenty of people coming along to chat to Mat and Lydia about how much they had learned, as well as seeking support with their special needs staffing matters.
Job Fair London Met Uni
On Wednesday, Ade and Leah from our London office went along to the London Metropolitan University Job Fair. Lots of students attended, some looking for inspiration on what they should do upon graduating, others looking for more flexible part-time, term-time work. Fortunately, Ade and Leah were able to offer suggestions of employment to all with a passion for SEND – and many students filled in our registration forms with the hope of taking on assignments in the schools we work with. As Axcis have a huge range of vacancies, we are in a great position to help those who just want the odd day of flexible work as well as those looking for a more committed role. And as our work is with schools, the vast majority of our assignments are in term time, which fits in well with most students seeking work. Win, Win!
nasen Collaborative Learning for SEN: The Role of the SENCo
On Thursday, Gareth and Gail from our Manchester office were pleased to attend the nasen training on “The Role of the SENCo”. This training supported SENCOs to start exploring the issues around effective professional development and guide SENCOs in planning for the use of nasen’s new online resource, when it becomes available in the Spring Term 2016. The training covered:
- The national context of SEND reform
- The recalibration of the roles of teachers and SENCOs
- Exploration of what collaborative learning for SEN looks like
- How to engage all staff effectively
- The need for high quality professional development
- Principles and models of effective cpd
- Evaluating the impact of collaborative learning
- Ideas for the effective use of nasen’s new online cpd resource
If you missed this event, don’t fret! Our partners at nasen are running a series of similar sessions, as well as range of other training offerings this term. Find out more on their website.
On Thursday, Axcis were proud to sponsor a Twitter Chat with Andy Cutting, Autism School Exclusions Advisor for the National Autistic Society. Thanks go out to Network Autism (part of the NAS) who organised the event. Andy gave his top tips for the inclusion of children with autism in education, giving teachers advice to overcome barriers to learning & therefore avoid exclusions. It was a great session with lots of retweets, favourites and interest. If you missed it, why not catch up via this Storify link.
Behaviour Management CPD Seminar with Axcis London
To round off the week, Axcis London ran another highly successful Behaviour Management Seminar. As always, this is a popular topic and the course booked up fast! Speaker Alex Leng provided tips on the latest strategies and good practice advice on how to positively, practically and supportively manage challenging behaviour in the classroom. Feedback from delegates was hugely positive, reflecting our desire to provide high quality CPD training to our contractors.