Linwood Training, Support and Advice (LTSA)

Training and Events

Initial Teacher Training

LTSA plays 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. 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.

For more information, visit www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk

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, visit www.autism.org.uk 

EarlyBird

Course

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


Duration

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.


Content

The sessions will focus on three main areas:

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

Course

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


Duration

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


Content

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

Course

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


Duration

This programme runs for six sessions.


Content

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

Continued & Professional Development

Autism & Anxiety

Date: Thursday 13 February 2025
Duration: 9:30 – 12:00 (2 hrs 30 mins)
Price: £90
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne. BH21 3AP
Event Leaders: Kate Tuck and Andy Maher


Details

This module will provide delegates with an understanding of what is meant by anxiety, how it appears in autistic pupils, what the key triggers are and what staff can do to support autistic pupils and prevent/reduce anxiety.

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Autism & Relationships

Day 1: Tuesday 1 October 2024
Day 2: Tuesday 8 October 2024
Duration: 13:00 – 15:30 (2 hrs 30 mins)
Price: £145
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne. BH21 3AP
Event Leaders: Kate Tuck and Karen Taylor


Details

This two-part course will  focus on how adults can support autistic students in the development of different types of relationships. We will cover platonic, intimate and formal  relationships drawing on research and expertise.

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Comic Strip Conversations

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2025
Duration: 9:30 – 12:30 (3 hrs)
Price: £90
Venue: Online via Zoom
Event Leader: Vanessa Clark


Details

Comic Strip Conversations were developed by Carol Gray as a method of unpicking social situations and helping young people to decipher the social world.  We will look at the theory behind the strategy, how to use Comic Strips and how to imbed them into your classroom practice. 

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Dyscalculia & Maths Difficulties

Date: Monday 9 June 2025
Duration: 12:30 – 15:30 (3 hrs)
Price: £90
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne. BH21 3AP
Event Leader: Jane Cottee


Details

This course explores why different specific learning difficulties make it harder for some children to learn about numbers and reviews the current research and understanding of Dyscalculia. The course offers practical advice for staff working with children who are experiencing difficulty with maths. It includes strategies for whole class teaching as well as for individual or group intervention.

Delegates will develop their understanding of dyscalculia and learn the impact of specific learning difficulties on the development of numeracy skills. Practical strategies that are used to support children with numeracy difficulties will be shared.

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Grow your own SENCO

Day 1: Wednesday 6 November 2024
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Bournemouth. BH21 3AP

Day 2: Tuesday 11 March 2025
Venue: Merley House, Merley Lane, Wimborne. BH21 3AA

Duration: 9:00 – 15:30 (6 hrs 30 mins)
Price:
£275 per person
Event Leader: Kate Tuck

Attendance at both days is essential.
Lunch & refreshments are provided on both days.


Details

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

  • 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

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Making Sense of Autism

Date: Monday 4 November 2024
Duration: 15:45 – 17:15 (1 hr 30 mins)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Price: £30 (Boost funding available for BCP schools)
Event Leader: Kate Tuck


Details

Basic autism awareness training for all staff within education settings: Mainstream and special schools. It will support participants to:

  • Identify the three key areas of difference that need to be taken into account.
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual pupil and their profile of strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify the key areas to help pupils on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, families and people in their community.
  • Develop an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that pupils may experience.

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Menopause in the Workplace

Date: Monday 9 June 2025
Duration: 9:30 – 11:30 (2 hrs)
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth, BH21 3AP
Price: £45
Event Leaders: Kate Tuck and Emma Newsum


Details

Through this training, we will share facts and information, signs and symptoms & tips on managing the menopause in the workplace. This training will be suitable for line managers and leaders who are interested in learning more about this transitional phase of life and how their newly acquired knowledge can be used to support colleagues.

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PEIC-D

Day 1: Tuesday 1 October 2024
Day 2: Tuesday 8 October 2024
Duration: 9:00 – 12:00 (3 hrs)
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Bournemouth. BH21 3AP
Cost: £165 per person (Boost funding available for BCP Schools)
Event Leader: Dorset Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service


Details

The PEIC-D approach revisits early interaction skills such as imitation, turn-taking and interaction. These skills are often poorly developed in children with severe and/or complex learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders.

By working through a series of steps, using game formats, the child learns to watch others’ play, join in, and then take part in turn taking sequences. Later stages include learning to initiate games, and negotiating the rules.

These 2 half-day workshops provide background to the PEIC-D approach, detailed description of each stage, as well as workshop activities to practice the techniques, and consider how to implement within educational settings.

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SEN Leadership Networks

Autumn Date: Wednesday 16 October 2024
Venue: Online via Zoom
Duration: 13:30 – 15:00 (1 hr 30 mins)
Price:
£0 – no charge
Event Leader: Kate Tuck

Spring Date: Thursday 13 February 2025
Venue:
The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth, BH21 3AP
Duration:
13:30 – 15:00 (1 hr 30 mins)
Price:
£0 – no charge
Event Leader: Kate Tuck

Summer Date: Thursday 22 May 2025
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth, BH21 3AP
Duration: 13:30 – 15:00 (1 hr 30 mins)
Price:
£0 – no charge
Event Leader: Kate Tuck


Details

This termly network provides an opportunity for SENCos and other senior leaders from mainstream and special schools and colleges with responsibilities for vulnerable learners to meet, share ideas and hear the latest local, regional and national information and statutory requirements. There will be a focus on provision and outcomes for learners with special educational needs, disabilities and other vulnerabilities. (These networks are funded through Linwood Training Support & Advice. Pre-booking is required.)

School, academy and college leaders including SENCOs are supported to improve the attainment, progress and wider outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

  • effective practices in respect of SEND provision are shared and enhanced
  • support, guidance and updates from experts in the field of SEND in both mainstream and specialist provision is built upon through system leadership
  • latest resources, training opportunities and policy development in respect of SEND are shared

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Signalong

Autumn Date: Friday 11 October 2024
Venue: The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne. BH21 3AP
Duration: 9:30 – 15:30 (6 hrs 0 mins)
Price:
£150
Event Leaders: Jodie Pierce and Gulten Aydin


Details

Signalong is a sign supporting system developed to help children and adults acquire language skills and to aid with communication difficulties.

You will learn signing skills to enable you to access any sign from the manual. 

This is accredited training and will be able to obtain certificate of training for £6.

Signalong follows general language development and encourages spoken language – the spoken word should accompany every sign. The training is arranged around developmental stages, progressing from labelling solid objects to identifying pictures and photographs. It focuses on and supports the understanding of key words and concepts.

The course content includes opportunities to explore concepts such and generalisation and symbolic representation as well as thinking about our individual communication skills.

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Social Stories

Day 1: Thursday 30 January 2025
Day 2: Thursday 6 February 2025
Duration: 9:00 – 12:30 (3 hrs 30 mins)
Price: £165
Venue: Online via Zoom
Event Leader: Dr Siobhan Timmins


Details

Helping children and young people with Autism make sense of the social world.

Dr Siobhan Timmins has been writing Social Stories™ for 25 years and is a published author. She has more than a decade of experience in teaching social understanding in Autism to parents and professionals, delivering workshops in SOCIAL STORIES™ , as defined by Carol Gray, nationally and internationally.

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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.

The session is FREE and your child does not need to have a diagnosis for you to attend.

Please contact us (details below) to book your space and indicate whether you would like 1 or 2 spaces.

Feedback from parents on the session:

“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.”

Linwood Training, Support and Advice (LTSA)

Linwood School, Alma Road, Winton, Bournemouth BH9 1AJ

Telephone: 01202 525107

ltsa@linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk

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