Are you a teacher or member of support staff for Axcis Education? Then read on to find out what CPD offerings are available to you this month…
Autism Awareness – London 11th February
We are thrilled to have Robyn Steward running this seminar for us on Autism Awareness. Axcis have been working with Robyn for a number of years. As a lady on the spectrum herself, she has a unique insight into the challenges of growing up with Asperger’s syndrome, as well as the way it impacts on daily life as an adult woman. Read her full biography on her website.
One of the key things she opens with when she runs our Axcis Autism Awareness CPD evening is “once you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism”. The triad of impairments, combined with the fact that it is a spectrum disorder means that those diagnosed with an ASD may vary hugely from one individual to another.
This is where Robyn’s experience really comes into play. She is an ambassador for and regular speaker at events for the National Autistic Society. She also mentors and supports others with autism, and is involved with a host of organisations and events. Her seminars for Axcis are always very popular – so book your place now!
Find out more about this event and how to book your place here.
Team Teach – Liverpool 15th/16th February and London 18th/19th February
What is Team Teach?
Team Teach is a training course which explores the verbal and non-verbal aspects of behaviour management. The course explains what is meant by terms like “reasonable force” and when it is appropriate to use physical intervention. In addition to this, delegates are trained how to use restraint techniques. It should be made clear that this is considered a last-resort and the Team Teach course aims to give candidates a tool kit of strategies and techniques they can use before force should ever be considered. Team Teach aims to actually REDUCE the overall need for restraint or use of force in schools – not to promote it.
Why does Axcis offer Team Teach training?
We are often contacted by schools who require Team Teach trained staff. This is because in many SEND schools, it is an unfortunate reality that advanced behaviour management training, and very occasionally restraint training can be required. We want our staff to be able to do this in a consistent, safe manner as is reflected by the schools we work with. Team Teach can be an expensive course to attend (up to £200 for the two days depending on the provider). This can be prohibitive for teachers and teaching assistants due to the cost, but also the term-time days on which many training courses are run. At Axcis, we regularly offer the course for as little as £45 (we simply aim to cover the cost of the venue and training materials) and in school holidays. Training is usually run at our client schools, which can be a huge benefit to those who have worked there as they already know their way around (as well as how to get there!) It should be noted that once you receive Team Teach training, the certificate awarded is only valid for 2 years. After that you must undertake a refresher in order to continue using the techniques you learn.
This is one of our most popular courses, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. For further details on the two courses coming up, please visit this page for Liverpool and this page for London.
Mental Health Awareness – Bristol 25th February (Featuring Lorraine Petersen OBE)
We are extremely fortunate to have such a well respected and experienced professional to run this course. Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them. Lorraine has had hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional needs as well as experience in liaising with a range of organisations within a multi-agency context.
Read more about Lorraine here.
This experience, along with her up to date understanding of the SEND legislation puts Lorriane in a unique position to deliver this course. It promises to be a great one, so get your place confirmed before all available seats are taken!
This course will cover:
- Definition – What is Mental Health?
- Current Statistics
- Overview of types of Mental Health Needs – Conduct Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Attachment Disorders, Eating disorders, substance misuse, self-harm
- Links between SEND and Mental Health
- Developing a Mentally Healthy School
- Resources available for teachers and schools
Read more about this course or find out how to book your place here.