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07Nov 2014

Tuesday, 25th November or Wednesday 26th November 9.30 – 12.30 Sue Marshall will be demonstrating and sharing the award winning ‘Move’ programme, unique activity-based work focused on the skills essential to independence within the home, school and community. To book:   Telephone: 01305817917  Email: smarshall@wyvern.dorset.sch.uk

07Nov 2014

‘Creative Intervention: Tools and Techniques with Troubled Children’ with Dr Margot Sunderland Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health, London Kingston Maurward, 1st December 2014 A TADSS Research and Development Conference Addressing the questions…… What is the science behind therapeutic communication with children? How can art, storytelling and play help in […]

14Jul 2014

Help! I am running a training course – Facilitator Training for the faint hearted on 23rd September 2014 at Durweston Village Hall from 9.15am – 3.30pm.  Further details from Nichola Chitson, TADSS CPD Co-ordinator, tadss@westfield.dorset.sch.uk (tel 01305 833518). Click here for Flyer Click here for Booking Form

19May 2014

TADSS staff have regular opportunities to meet up with their counterparts and some interesting joint initiatives are emerging, including: a Music project, MFL singing in French, joint Maths moderation and assessment for Post 16s.  Westfield has hosted a very successful Learning Walk on Creative Arts and, in the Summer term, Yewstock will be offering a […]

19May 2014

TADSS CONFERENCE April 2014 –  ‘ Children with Complex Needs – the 21st Century Challenge’ Over 300 TADSS teaching staff and governors attended this conference  at Westfield Arts College, featuring Professor Barry Carpenter who shared a wealth of knowledge and research into the needs of pupils affected by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and premature birth difficulties. […]

19May 2014

The Dream Team – Leadership and Management for Support Staff Team Leaders (delivered in partnership with Dorset County Council) This 4 –day course ran successfully for the second time this year and ended with a half-day review (and cream tea!) on March 19th.  It focused on the leadership and development of support staff teams in […]

29Apr 2014

The Leadership Development committee continue to encourage coaches and coachees to meet following the Leadership Development Day last summer.  We have had good feedback from coaching pairs who have continued to meet and who have highlighted how useful developing a coaching conversation with a colleague is to your own professional development. This year we have […]

25Mar 2014

Autism? Attachment?  Strategies to Support pupils with Complex Needs Research and Development Conference 11th March 2014 Health professionals, social service representatives and educators gathered at Kingston Maurward to hear Heather Moran deliver an in depth, often thought provoking view of how autism and attachment difficulties present themselves in young people.  An entertaining speaker, Heather drew […]

26Nov 2013

An Informal Development Project – The Story so far Children on the autism spectrum and children with attachment problems; understanding the similarities, the differences and how best to meet their needs How it began: several conversations and an article Over the years working with increasingly complex children, staff at Westfield had become aware of differences […]

27Jun 2013

The School 2 School support committee is attended by a range of staff from the 5 TADSS schools. We are working to strengthen networks of support between the alliance schools. To this end we have established 10 subject leader groups which are forums for subject leaders or other interested staff to come together to share […]

27Jun 2013

                Opportunities for Discovery! Is there a question or issue you would like to explore in your classroom practice?  TADSS would like to support staff in carrying out research projects on a small or large scale. Click here to see how we can help Research & Development Committee. The […]

27Jun 2013

Latest news from the Leadership and Development Committee Welcome to the TADSS Leadership and Development Committee. Like other TADSS committees, we are drawn from across the five Dorset special schools and we are all at varying stages of our careers. We represent leaders across the whole school setting, not just those at the top of […]

19Jun 2013

The ITT sub committee have now met 3 times enabling us all to have a very clear picture of how ITT works in our school settings. We are all in agreement about the important contribution special schools can make in enriching the education and experiences of those coming into the teaching profession. Whilst wanting to […]

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