Using the Progression Framework Training

Date: 29th January or 25th February 2020

Time:  9.30am –1pm

Venue: Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware, SG12 0UQ

This practical training is designed to enable schools to use the Progression Framework to set realistic targets for children with SEND and to monitor and to celebrate their progress in non-academic achievement. Ofsted love this! The aim is to train at least one person within each school

To book your place:

29th January: Please click here to register for your place with the Autism Education Trust

25th February:  Please click here to register for your place with the Autism Education Trust

After you have done this e-mail Training-AET@Hertfordshire.gov.uk indicating which date an dvenue you have booked – your place will be confirmed by email and further details will be provided Please do not attend unless you have received a confirmed place


Understanding and supporting the emotional and behavioural needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition

Date:   Thursday 23rd January 2020

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Venue:  Wodson Park Wadesmill Road Ware, SG12 0UQ

Audience:   Teachers, SENCOs and/or Learning Support & Teaching Assistants supporting a child with Autistic Spectrum Condition across all key stages.

Course Objective:

  • To develop an understanding of the emotional and behavioural needs of children on the autistic spectrum.
  • To develop a range of practical strategies and approaches to support effective behaviour management and improve outcomes for pupils.

Click here to apply

Schools booked on to attend so far:

Abel Smith, All Saints, Chauncy, Hertford St Andrew,  Hertingfordbury Cowper, Hollybush, Hunsdon, Jenyns, Mill Mead, Presdales, Ralph Sadleir, Rivers ESC, Sele, Simon Balle All-through School, St Andrew’s (MH), St Mary’s Junior, St Michael’s and Widford


General Learning needs (incl SLCN) 1:1 Support Network Meetings

We run  half termly network meetings to support staff working 1:1 with children who present with general learning needs, including cognition and SLCN. The session will be led by  Alison Lindsell, Amwell View Outreach Teacher.   This will mainly  include children who are in receipt of ENF and/or with an EHCP, but staff working with children being  funded exclusively by school are also welcome.  SENCOs  are encouraged to attend with the 1:1 member of staff.

The meetings will be from 1.00 – 3.00 p.m.  on the following dates.  These are the dates  for the whole year, but we are only taking bookings now for the first session (just click on the link):

30th September  – past event

5th December ( at Presdales) Click here to book

28th January

16th March

14th May

23rd June

The first meeting will focus on planning and differentiation, so it is important that attendees bring along mid term planning documents.


Autism 1:1 Support Network Meetings

We run half termly network meetings to support staff who are working 1:1 with children who present with Autism needs. The session will be led by Sheila Kitchen, Amwell View Outreach Teacher.   This will mainly  include children who are in receipt of ENF and/or with an EHCP, but staff working with children being  funded exclusively by school are also welcome.   SENCOs and/or Autism Leads are encouraged to attend with the 1:1 member of staff.

The meetings will be from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. on the following Tuesdays.  These are the dates  for the whole year, but we are only taking bookings now for the first session (just click on the link):

24th September – past event

26th November – Click here to book

14th January

3rd March

5th May

June/July meeting date tbc

The first meeting will focus on using the EHCP and/or ENF application to do short term planning that will help children with their organisation skills, be independent, but also to recognise when they need to ask for help and to promote pro social behaviours.  Sheila will be leading the meeting  based on the SCERTS model that looks at Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support. Attendees will need to bring the child’s appropriate planning paperwork such as ENF application, EHCP or assess, plan, do, review cycle.



Early Years Autism Training

What: Supporting Children with Autism & Social Communication Needs

Date: Thursday 10th October 2019

Time: 9.15 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Location: Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Road, Ware, SG12 0UQ

Who for: EY Teachers, SENCOs/INCOs, Managers/Senior Leaders, Early Years Practitioners, Nursery Nurses, Teaching/Learning Assistants

Please click here for further details.

Please note you work in DSPL3 and that bookings are through Charlotte Osborne via email: CommunicationandAutismTeamISL@hertfordshire.gov.uk

There are further courses scheduled for the rest of the year and 2019/20, dates are as follows:

  • 26th November 2019 Bookings open 11th October, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.
  • 28th January 2020 Bookings open 27th November, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.
  • 12th March 2020 – aimed at managers and SENCOs Bookings open 29th January 2020, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.
  • 5th May 2020 Bookings open 13th march 2020, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.
  • 25th June 2020 Bookings open 6th May 2020 please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.

 


Autism Quality Offer – PAST EVENT

Gemma Wishart (County Lead Practitioner for Communication & Autism) will be leading an Autism Quality Offer Workshop at Wodson Park from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. on Monday 8th October.

This workshop is designed to support Autism Leads and/or SENCOs to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Hertfordshire Autism Quality Offer and explore how it aligns with a range of key local authority and Autism Education Trust (AET) resources. The Autism Quality Offer exemplifies what the evidence tells us works well for pupils with autism and will support schools to develop the quality of their provision.

By attending the workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • Discover the Hertfordshire Autism Quality Offer and Autism Tracker
  • Consider how you can link your work with autism to the statutory Hertfordshire SEND Quality Offer and Benchmark & Planning Tool
  • Explore essential AET resources signposted in the Autism Quality Offer

We encourage as many schools as possible to attend this workshop, whether or not your school has been part of the DSPL3 AET Standards Project.

To book your place on this important workshop please click here.


Homunculi

We are working in partnership with the Autism and communication Advisory teachers to introduce the Homunculi approach in our schools.

The Homunculi, (or ‘little people’), is a fun activity that builds social and emotional resilience in children and young people, aged 7 upwards, and into the teenage years. It is particularly suited to those with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome who often have difficulty identifying troubling feelings such as anger, fear and anxiety.  The Homunculi are miniature agents with problem-solving missions and special gadgets who live inside the brain and help out with distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through inventing their own Homunculi characters and stories, participants in the activity learn to cope with their real-life social problems. Complete with a large-format skull poster, character and storyboard templates, and photocopiable record sheets, this unique resource includes everything needed to get started on making Homunculi stories, cartoons or videos.

This flexible, 10-week, CBT-based programme for individuals or groups will be transformative for psychologists, therapists, teachers and other professionals working with children on the autism spectrum or with behavioural difficulties.

Please contact DSPL3 Manager for further information: dspl3manager@sele.herts.sch.uk


AET Autism Standards Project 2016-18

The AET Autism Standards enable educational settings to evaluate their practice in addressing the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum.

The standards have been designed for use across all types of educational    settings from mainstream to special and specialist, for pupils from the ages of   5 – 16 years, at all levels of ability. The standards mirror the categories  established by the AET training hubs materials. There are interactive links from the set of  standards to resources that demonstrate how a school or provider might  implement practice or policy. The standards also link to the AET schools autism competency framework, the SEND code of practice and the Ofsted framework.

The project will have tranches of schools and settings meeting to use the Autism Standards as a way of self-review and planning developments.  SENCOs and/or Setting Autism Leads will meet for a morning at the beginning of a half -term to look at the standards together to develop their understanding of them. This   session will be led by Julia Carmichael, Specialist Teacher for Autism (Communication and Autism Team).   It is then expected that the  SENCOs/Autism Leads will carry out a review back in their schools before meeting again a month later to support each other with development planning, again facilitated by Julia.  Participating schools and settings will receive funding towards supply cover when their action plan is submitted and also be able to apply for  50% funding grants towards resources.   The meetings will be from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. at Wodson Park, Ware.

So far,  over forty schools have taken part in the project, click here for the list.

The Spring Term 2018 meetings will be from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. at Wodson Park, Ware on Tuesday 9th January and Monday 5th February.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS LIKELY TO BE THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROJECT

To apply click here.


Supporting the pupil with autistic spectrum condition – PAST EVENT

Audience:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Teachers, SENCOs and/or Learning Support & Teaching Assistants supporting a child with Autistic Spectrum Condition

Course Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the impact of the pupil with Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • To explore strategies to support learning
  • To provide an opportunity to share ideas

Costs:

Funded by DSPL3 – lunch included

Participant Expectations:

To complete a summary sheet outlining three changes that have been made in school as a result of attending the course and the impact of those changes, including where appropriate pupil voice about the changes.

Venue

Wodson Park, Ware

Dates:

Secondary  – Tuesday 7th March

Primary – Wednesday 22nd February and Wednesday 22nd March

Early Years – Monday 27th March


DSPL3 has set up an Autism Review Group (ARG) in response to the Hertfordshire Autism Review.  There are Headteacher, SENCO, Parent and ISL representatives on the group.

Click here to read Executive Summary of the Review.

You can read about the ARG updates in the regular DSPL3 Newsletters.


DSPL3 has a newly established Autsm Family Support Team, who  offer information and support for people with a child, young person or family member on the Autistic Spectrum or awaiting a diagnosis.

Click here to make an online request for support