CPD Recent Events

28Jun 2017

“HIGH ASPIRATIONS FOR ALL” Nearly 400 staff from the Teaching Alliance of Dorset Special School met together to share good practice, learn new skills and hear our guest speaker Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson. Tanni gave an motivating and entertaining address which encouraged us all to raise our aspirations, both for our pupils and for ourselves […]

28Mar 2017

Friday 17th March, 2017 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.   “PE can be a vehicle for achieving personal learning goals” “PE is fun and SO purposeful!”   “Great day, many thanks” “A good mixture of information and practical ideas” “I’ve come away rethinking how I deliver PE lessons – fun and informative..”   […]

28Mar 2017

Friday 12th May Dorford Centre, DORCHESTER DT1 1rr,  1.30 – 3.30 £35 per person including refreshments   ‘It affects my ability to do normal everyday things – I present well and write well, but I can’t remember to lock the door or pick up the keys.’ Jade, 17, diagnosed with FASD, speaking on ‘This Morning.’ […]

08Dec 2016

13 January 2017, 1.30 – 3.30pm Dorford Centre, DORCHESTER DT1 1RR £35 per person including refreshments ‘The basis of the STAR approach is that all episodes of problem behaviour need to be seen as actions with a purpose to receive a specific response.’     Topics covered will include:  Exploration of the STAR approach How […]

06Dec 2016

The Blandford Children’s Centre Black Lane, Blandford Camp,Blandford Forum DT11 8SW £99 per person inc lunch and refreshments. A day exploring the importance of play for the children with SEND and how it can benefit their learning. What does the term ‘Play’ mean?  How does play fit into child development – looking at the Prime […]

08Nov 2016

Special Needs and Teaching Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) 14th November 2016 ,   9:15 – 4:00 Charlton Down Village Hall, Dorset DT2 9UA A day to explore the background to current thinking on Sex and Relationships Education and SEND. What do these terms mean for those with profound and severe learning difficulties and/or autism? Do […]

17Oct 2016

4th November 2016. 1.30pm – 3.30pm Dorford Centre, DORCHESTER DT1 1rr Children with autism by definition find it incredibly hard to concentrate and focus. The Attention autism programme was developed by Gina Davies to help children develop their concentration skills through the use of highly stimulating activities, targeting the teaching of attention, communication and social […]

14Jul 2016

22nd September 2016, 6pm – 8pm in The Library at Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester Hear author and illustrator Henny Beaumont talk about her book and the experiences described in this powerful text. This graphic book – illustrated in beautiful, raw and moving pictures – describes the family’s deeply personal journey. Refreshingly honest and at times […]

14Jul 2016

Tuesday, November 8th 2016, The Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR 9.30am – 3.30pm Advice and support for middle leaders in special schools, learning centres and alternative learning provisions with Dr Mick Megee, Special school advisor and lead Inspector. Topics covered include conducting lesson observations and feedback, data analysis and what to expect in an Ofsted […]

05Jul 2016

24th November 2016, 9am – 4pm Hethfelton House, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HS A day of learning for education practitioners to develop knowledge and understanding of sensory processing difficulties, creating supportive environments and strategies to support learning. With Nerys Hughes, Specialist Occupational Therapist Nerys Hughes is the clinical lead for ‘Whole Child Therapy’ and a specialist […]

21Jun 2016

Let’s Talk About Sex – June 7th 2016 “We will be reviewing how we assess our pupils’ knowledge of sexual health and development using some new materials seen on display today.” 31 colleagues gathered at Durweston Village Hall for a day of up to date learning about sexuality and health, gender issues and how to […]

13Apr 2016

“Another excellent conference – such brilliant speakers and the workshop was illuminating – thank you.” Around 350 members of staff gathered for our annual conference on Monday April 11th. The aims of the conference are to give all teaching and support staff insight into current knowledge and research around SEND, opportunities to share good practice […]

02Dec 2015

6th November 2015 “Lots of working memory ideas for the kitty” “Learned lots about communication methods, brain function and dyslexic awareness” “”Lots of tips for dyxlexia scaffolding in the classroom” “I really enjoyed Chloe’s talk debunking myths regarding SEN and neuroscience”   Participants had a great day finding out about our latest knowledge on how […]

02Dec 2015

June and October 2015 “Great day. Very informative. We have lots to take back to school.” “Good to see examples of resources and hear real anecdotes from current professional.”   Clare Langhorne of the Yellow Kite organisation presented her knowledge and vast experience of the best practice in education for pupils with emotional and behavioural […]

02Dec 2015

Friday 11th March 2016 at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester How can we best support youngsters with Downs in our settings? What are the best ways to ensure they are properly included in learning? How are visual difficulties linked to achievement? What does the latest school based research tell us? A day conference to bring the […]

28Apr 2015

TADSS STAFF CONFERENCE 2015 13th April, Westfield Arts College & Wyvern Academy ‘MENTAL HEALTH & WELL BEING’ The sun shone for this year’s conference which brought together staff from all five special schools to learn and share together. Keynote speaker Dr Margot Sunderland delivered a fascinating and insightful talk on trauma and its effects on brain chemistry, […]

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