• Professional Learning Sessions

    Professional Learning Sessions

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    Participants can join these sessions for free. Sign up for individual sessions by completing this form.

    Autism and whole school inclusion: a deeper look and the role of the neurotypical pupil

    Date/time: Thursday 28 March 2019, 9:30-12:00

    Venue: Redriff Primary School, Salter Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5LQ

    Imagine if all of us were like the same, it would be so boring. I like how everyone is different – (Yr5 Pupil after a session on autism)

    Inclusion for autistic pupils is a two way process. Too often as educators and researchers we solely focus on changing the autistic pupil through social interventions, small groups and adult support. However, first and most importantly we need a receptive school, with children who are welcoming and understand autism. The research indicates neurotypical (not autistic) children in schools have an increasing awareness of autism but often they do not know what it means. A lack of knowledge can lead to instances of peer rejection, isolation, and bullying. Teachers are often unsure of how to address this issue.

    In this session we will provide a theoretical model for discussing autism and difference and lots of practical opportunities to plan and prepare with other professionals for a whole school autism awareness initiative or class based autism lesson. You will also hear about an opportunity to participate in a current research project aimed at improving the understanding of autism, disability and special educational needs in children.

    Understanding the link between behaviour and communication in your classroom

    Date/time: Thursday 4 April 2019, 16:00-17:30

    Venue: Cherry Garden Special School (new location), 41 Bellenden Road, London SE15 5BB

    Research in young offender institutes has found that well over half of inmates have speech, language and communication needs. Surely, it cannot be a coincidence that these young people who have developed extreme behavioural problems also suffered from communication difficulties – what can we do to start changing this now in our classrooms? Develop your skills to understand the underlying reasons for challenging behaviours and leave with a set of tools that can be implemented in your classroom to improve pupil outcomes.

    With the experience of supporting pupils within a special educational setting as well as a mainstream classroom, this session will give you the confidence to implement new strategies in your classroom.

    The Magic of Reggio Emilia

    Date/time: Monday 29th April 2019, 13:30-15:30

    Venue: Nell Gwynn Nursery School, Meeting House Lane, London SE15 2TT

    This session will showcase the Reggio Emilia Approach and the theory of Loris Malaguzzi. There will be an opportunity to produce an action plan to begin to implement some small changes in resourcing, philosophy and environment within participants’ own schools.

    Endless possibilities: a focus on gender equality

    Date/time: Thursday 23 May 2019, 13:30-15:30

    Venue: Ann Bernadt Nursery, 29 Chandler Way, London SE15 6DT

    This session will support schools to become more aware of gender stereotypes so that children embrace ‘difference’ from a young age. Participants will hear about good practice from Sweden on gender possibilities, and LBGTQ accredited nurseries, and the Mayor of London ‘gender equality award’ which is to be rolled out next year.

    Bridging the gap between primary and secondary English


    1. Friday 24 May 2019, 13:00-16:00
    2. Friday 7 June 2019, 13:00-16:00

    Venue: Bacon’s College, Timber Pond Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 6AT

    Increasingly, due to the raised demands at KS3, children in Year 7, including those with scaled scores over 110, struggle to access the KS3 curriculum in English. This session is aimed at Year 6 teachers and is designed to explore ways to use the post SATs part of the summer term to bridge the gap. During this session, teachers will be given the opportunity to work with secondary and primary trained colleagues in order to design a programme of study, which will enable pupils to make a smoother transition to secondary school and make a more successful start to their next phase of learning.

    Reading for pleasure, reading for life

    Date/time: TBC

    Venue: Brunswick Park Primary School, Picton St, Camberwell, London SE5 7QH

    In a time where children are swiftly reduced from learners to statistics on a league table and their eyes are glued to a screen, how can we – as educators – ensure that reading goes beyond tests and apps? Through exploring our own relationships with books, our reading education and formal examinations, we will aim to generate a shared, whole school vision of what it means to read for pleasure.

    By the end of the session, you will have a clear idea of what reading for pleasure means for your school and will have developed strategies for cultivating this culture amongst staff, pupils and parents and carers.

    There is no bad weather only bad clothing

    Date/time: TBC

    Venue: Ann Bernadt Nursery, 29 Chandler Way, London SE15 6DT

    Participants in this session will discuss strategies to develop the outside environment to offer a wide range of open ended activities, including creating ‘getting ready’ stations with outdoor clothing to support the children’s freedom to explore outside. Participants will explore good practice from Sweden.