Training and Events

Initial Teacher Training

We play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring.

Our School Direct partnership is with the Poole SCITT. We offer a PGCE in General Primary with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). We also work with a range of other local Universities and SCITT providers to augment their programmes with school-based SEND experiences.

The programme content is delivered through four taught modules and a series of non-assessed and assessed school-based placements. These placements are in both mainstream primary and special school settings.

Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced SCITT  and school-based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary-aged children, especially those with SEND. The programme is designed for trainee teachers wishing to enter the profession in either mainstream or special school settings.

Trainees are based at Linwood School and in our partner schools which include primary mainstream and other local special schools.

Early Bird Training

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has developed support programmes for parents and carers who have children with autism.

The programme aims to work on:

• understanding autism
• building confidence to encourage interaction and communication
• understanding and supporting behaviour

The programme works in small groups of four to six families, encouraging parents to share ideas and experiences to problem-solve together. Two parents/carers from each family may attend each session, and they can invite a supporting professional to join them.
You will need to be a resident of BCP, and your child will need to have a diagnosis of autism to attend any of the courses. The programme is provided free of charge.

For more information, please visit the NAS website:
National Autistic Society – EarlyBird link
Or Contact:
LTSA at Linwood Campus on

01202 525107 (ext. 213)

or email:



For parents/carers of pre schoolers (Age 1– 4)


The programme lasts for three months and involves parents in a weekly commitment to a two-and-a-half-hour group training session, home visits, and ongoing work with their child at home. The home visits will involve video feedback and discussion.


The sessions will focus on three main areas:

  • Understanding autism
  • Developing interactions and communication with your child with autism
  • Managing behaviour
EarlyBird Plus


For parents/carers of school-age children (Age 4 – 9)


The programme will run during term time for ten sessions, incorporating at least one home visit.


Like EarlyBird, the programme aims to help you to:

  • Understand your child’s autism
  • Improve communication with your child
  • Develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and manage those which do occur
Teen Life


For parents/carers of young people (Age 10 – 16)


This programme runs for six sessions.


Teen Life emphasises the importance of autistic perspectives, with videos and quotes used throughout the sessions.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding autism in teenagers
  • Self-esteem and spending time with other people
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Understanding your diagnosis
  • Puberty and independence
  • Education and future planning

Autism Education Trust

We have the following Autism Training available – click on the images to read/download the poster.

Or we can offer AET Training as a whole school, or at our central events. If you wish to arrange whole staff training at your school:

Making Sense of Autism (formerly Tier 1) 90 minutes (about 1 and a half hours)
Or Good Autism Practice (formerly Tier 2) full day

SENCO Training 


SENCO Accreditation


The National Award for SEN Coordination is a postgraduate qualification, which is mandatory for teachers new to the role of SENCO and would be beneficial for experienced SENCOs. Other teachers in schools or Further Education settings may
also be eligible to qualify.


The programme is a one year course starting in the Autumn and usually runs in Truro, Plymouth, Tiverton, Ilminster and Dorchester. The local tutors are mainly SEN advisory teachers and experienced SENCOs, working in conjunction
with university tutors.


• Two masters level modules, each of which is worth 30 credits
• An individual tutor for each student offering high-quality local personal tuition
• Six face-to-face taught days as a minimum
• Tutors who have carried out SEN roles and published in peer-reviewed journals
• The local authority context for learning
• Networking with local SENCOs and sharing good practice
• A professional learning community through face-to-face and virtual learning support and resources
• Access to university facilities and online resources
• A framework and support instrument to record evidence of SENCO learning outcomes and experiences
• High-quality written and verbal formative feedback

Find Out More

If you are a SENCO in BCP or Dorset or would like to apply to the University of Exeter programme* please contact Eleni Dimitrellou at

*Please note that taught days are held in Dorchester

Grow your own SENCO


An induction programme for all new and future SENCOs and those wishing to refresh their skills


2 Days

Day 1: Thursday 2nd November 2023—9-3.30pm
Venue : Christchurch Golf Club, Riverside Avenue, Bournemouth,
Dorset (Behind the big Tesco on Castle Lane East)
Day 2 : Tuesday 12th March 2024—9-3.30pm
Venue : Merley House, Merley Lane, Wimborne, Dorset.


  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Assessment and intervention – access to resources and local support
  • Enabling good progress -and preparation for adulthood
  • Roles and responsibilities and legal requirements
  • Mainstream and specialist securing positive outcomes
  • Including every learner


Cost: £250 per person
Book via: Skill Gate

Removing Barriers Workshops

We have a selection of stand-alone workshops, addressing different areas of need – click on the images to read/download the poster.

Menopause in the workplace

A workshop for line managers / senior leaders to learn about the effect the Menopause can have on employees in the workplace. We will demonstrate supportive strategies and reasonable adjustments that can be made and discuss how this life event can impact a large proportion of workers.

An Introduction to Autism and Neurodiversity for Parents

This half-day basic Autism awareness session for parents will cover the communication and sensory differences children and young people may experience.


Please email to book your space. Please indicate whether you would like 1 or 2 spaces.
  • Lovely mix of information and experiences, thank you!
  • It was brilliant and enlightening, thank you.
  • I really liked it, thank you. Pitched at the right level and was a safe environment to be in. The “teachers” couldn’t have been nicer or more engaging. Thank you.
  • Thank you, what an amazing team of trainers. You kept this very interesting and were all so open about your own experiences.
  • Thank you, a great session to help me understand my daughter.
  • Very thorough, very interesting & helpful. Feel I am moving in the right direction. Lots of great tips.
  • Thank you so much. It’s been really helpful as we start this journey as parents.

Speech and Language Courses  




Dysfluency (stammering) Led by Jenny Beston, Dorset Healthcare Paediatric SaLT Service


Thursday 16th May 2024
Virtual delivery via Zoom


  • What is Dysfluency (stammering)?
  • How can we support children and young people who stammer?
  • What to do and what to avoid when communicating with young people and children who stammer.


Cost: £85pp — Boost funding available for BCP Schools (2 places per school)
Book via: Skillgate

Selective Mutism


Led by Yvette Jones, Selective Mutism Lead Dorset Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service


Thursday 27th June 2024
Virtual presentation via Zoom


This half-day course will give you the knowledge and skills to identify Selective Mutism (SM), understand how it develops and the effect it has on children. It will provide you with effective informal techniques for use in pre-school and school
settings, and give you strategies to support families of children with SM.


Cost: £85pp — Boost funding available for BCP Schools
Book via: Skillgate

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