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Free professional development sessions for school support staff 2019

 

 

Working in partnership with Unison, The Open University in Wales are offering the following free workshops to support staff and teaching assistants in Wales.  Come and join these free Saturday workshops - these sessions will help raise your confidence in the workplace and build a clear understanding of your roles and capabilities.  These workshops will be presented by a lecturer from The Open University School of Education, Childhood and Youth.

These courses are open to all support staff, even if you are not a Unison member.  You will receive a completion certificate as evidence of your learning that can be added to your learning portfolio.  At the end of each workshop, you'll get the chance to find out about further training and learning opportunities from The Open University in Wales.

Choose from the following courses and follow the online link to book your place. 
These are free to attend, but you must book to join.

Autism Awareness Workshop Part 1 - Introduction, background, symptoms             

This introductory workshop will help teaching assistants understand what autism is and how it is often presented in school children.

We’ll explore autism in society, and the medical diagnosis of autism to help us understand the condition in school children. We’ll consider the difficulties that autistic children and young people face in their everyday lives. We’ll also discuss the range of behaviours that autistic pupils might show in the classroom. There will also be a discussion around gender differences and the causes of autism.

Autism Awareness Workshop Part 2 - Identifying and supporting pupils with autism

This workshop will help teaching assistants identify a range of autistic behaviours and how best to help their pupils. 

We’ll start by exploring the challenges faced by autistic pupils, then move on to look at various methods to support them in school. We’ll watch a range of videos of autistic children in learning environments and share our ideas and experiences of how various interventions could have been used.

Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 1 - Spotting and reacting to challenging behaviour in the classroom

This introductory workshop will give teaching assistants more awareness of why and how challenging behaviour happens in the classroom.

We’ll start by considering the trigger points that cause us to feel antagonised in our personal and professional lives in school. We’ll then reflect on how we react to challenging behaviour in children and young people, and why it needs to be managed in a range of learning settings. We’ll also ask you to think about why your own behaviour matters in a challenging scenario.

Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 2 - Positive behaviour management

This workshop will help teaching assistants understand the typical pattern of challenging behaviour and how it can be managed.

We’ll start by exploring some of the frequent reasons why pupils display challenging behaviour, and how these can be managed in advance. You’ll learn about how low-level challenging behaviour can escalate into a classroom crisis, and the suitable strategies you can use to de-escalate the situation. We’ll also discuss the importance of positive handling, recording and pre-emptive management in school.

Teaching Assistants: Support in action

Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This workshop looks at how the role has developed across the UK and particularly in Wales over time.

This workshop will explore how the teaching assistant role came into being, and how it has evolved as part of a wider assistant workforce in public services. We’ll identify the key skills that make teaching assistants such valued members of the school community, particularly in their support of children’s learning and wellbeing. We’ll encourage you to consider your current role and how you might want to develop in the future.

Each event starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 2pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Please inform us of any dietary requirements by emailing: s.morris@unison.co.uk 

Date Venue & Area Activity Register
6 Apr 2019 The OU in Wales, Cardiff Autism Awareness Workshop Part 1 Book Here
6 Apr 2019 The Grand Hotel, Swansea Autism Awareness Workshop Part 1 Book Here
18 May 2019 The OU in Wales, Cardiff Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 1 Book Here
18 May 2019 Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 1 Book Here
8 June 2019 The OU in Wales, Cardiff Teaching Assistants: Support in action Book Here
8 June 2019 The Grand Hotel, Swansea Teaching Assistants: Support in action Book Here
8 June 2019 Glasdir Conference Venue, Llanrwst, Conwy Teaching Assistants: Support in action Book Here
22 June 2019 The OU in Wales, Cardiff Autism Awareness Workshop Part 2 Book Here
22 June 2019 The Grand Hotel, Swansea Autism Awareness Workshop Part 2 Book Here
29 June 2019 The OU in Wales, Cardiff Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 2 Book Here
29 June 2019 Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop Part 2 Book Here

If you have any queries please contact: s.morris@unison.co.uk 029 20729477