DSPL3  run half termly network meetings to support staff who are working with children on a 1:1 basis  due to their SEMH needs.  This includes children who are in receipt of ENF, but staff working with children whose ENF application was turned down at a Panel during 2017/18 are also welcome.
The first session is from 1.00 – 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 4th October at Wodson Park, Ware when the focus will  be Risk Reduction Plans and Anxiety Mapping.  The session will be run by Karen Bent and Gaynor Tregidgo from the DSPL3 Primary Behaviour Team.  
To apply for a place please click here
If you require any further information about the network meeting please contact Kerry Scripps, DSPL3 Manager and SEN (Autism Lead):  dspl3manager@sele.herts.sch.uk


‘Hertfordshire Steps’ is a behaviour aupport approach that adopts the  following principles:

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children within their educational settings
  • Shared values and beliefs across communities
  • Shared communication, diversion and de-escalation
  • Shared risk management
  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

To reflect DSPL3 Management Group’s commitment to STEPS, from April 2018 we will  fund 75% of the cost of STEPS three day Mainstream Tutor training (i.e. £300 of the £400)  for two members of staff in a primary school and up to four in a secondary.  Please note thta DSPL3 only pays this funding providing that at least one person who attend the course is a member of the school’s SLT.  In addition, the cost of the annual refresher training (£175) will be fully funded,  for the first two years at least, i.e from Spring 2018 – Spring 2020 when we will review the situation. Initially schools have to pay the full cost of the course and then invoice DSPL3 for re-imbursement of our contribution

For those schools that would like to plan whole staff training for the start of the Spring Term 2019, there are still spaces on the STEPS Tutor training on 12th – 14th November, 19th – 21st November or 10th – 12th December.

Please email STEPs@hertfordshire.gov.uk  if you would like to book staff on to one of the Autumn 2018 courses.

The following schools and settings have STEPS Tutors and are following the Hertfordshire STEPS approach to behaviour support.: Abel Smith School, All Saints CE , Bayford CE School, Bengeo Primary, Hertford Heath Primary, Hertford St Andrews, High Wych C of E Primary, Hillmead Primary, Hockerill Anglo-European College, Jenyns First School, Layston First School, Little Hadham Primary, Mill Mead Primary, Millfield First & Nursery School, Morgans Primary, Priors Wood Primary School, St Andrew’s C of E Primary (Stanstead Abbotts), St Andrew’s CE Primary & Nursery (Much Hadham), St Catherine’s CofE Primary,  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (Bishop’s Stortford), St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (Hertford), St Mary’s (VC) CofE Junior (Ware), Stapleford Primary, Thorn Grove, Tonwell St Mary’s, Wareside CofE Primary and Watton at Stone Primary & Nursery.

These schools are signed up to attend STEPS Tutor Training by the end of December 2018:  Albury, Ardley St Lawrence, Christ Church CofE (Ware), Hertingfordbury Cowper, Hollybush, Hunsdon JMI, Kingshill Infants, MandevillePuller Memorial, Roger de Clare, Sacred Heart, Spellbrook CofE, St John the Baptist , St Michael’s , Summercroft Primary and Tewin Cowper

In addition the following other settings within DSPL3 have STEPS Tutors:  Amwell View, Herts Regional College (HRC), Middleton, Pinewood and Rivers ESC

Spot the Signs – Professionals’ Training PAST EVENT

The purpose of this training on 24th April 2018 is to increase participants’ knowledge and awareness about youth suicide. We will explore information about which groups of young people are most at risk and why, protective factors and briefly review practical strategies for identifying and responding to signs of risk in young people. You will be provided some of the latest information and statistics in regards to suicide in young people. We will also explore the effects of media and contagion on youth suicide,
with the internet having an important contemporary role.

By the end of the session candidates will be expected to:

  • Have a broad awareness of suicide in young people, including being able to recognise some of the latest statistics and risk factors
  • Understand some of the misconceptions surrounding suicide in young people, and be aware  of the impact of stigma.
  • Have increased confidence in responding to and supporting young people with suicidal thoughts.
  • Have an increased knowledge of services available in Hertfordshire to support young people with suicidal thoughts.

DSPL3 ‘National Nurturing Schools Programme’ project – PROGRAMME FULL

Is your school a nurturing school?
Would you like to take part in a  new programme that will help you develop  and embed a nurturing culture to enhance pupil, parent and staff attachment and engagement?

Brief overview of the course

This programme takes place over a two year period and requires the buy in of both senior management and teaching staff.

The initial two days provides two members of staff (including one from management), training and an induction to the programme and the opportuinity to develop initial thoughts on how to plan the next steps to implement nurture, throughout their whole school.

This is followed by specific follow-up tasks over the next six months, with another full-day progress and application day one year after the induction programme. The school is then assessed against its performance targets within the Nurturing School Framework at the end of the two years. 

Target audience

Senior management and school staff who show a commitment to develop a whole school nurturing ethos and culture that is inclusive and supports everyone in and associated with the school.


The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme that allows staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people. This is achieved by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole school environment. The programme is based on the six principles of nurture that have successfully underpinned nurture groups for over 40 years. This programme does not replace nurture groups as a more focussed intervention for those identified in need of nurture group provision. You do not need a nurture group in your school to attend the course however many schools have found it useful to implement one at later stage as part of their whole school development.

Who Benefits?

  • Pupils benefit – from the approach that supports them in their specific needs while delivering teaching and learning in a way that all can access. The pupil is at the heart of the school focus and their learning is understood developmentally.
  • Parents benefit – from being involved and welcomed in the school, in seeing the improvement in the children’s learning, behaviour, confidence and attendance. A better outcome for their children both in and out of the school and classroom.
  • Teachers benefit – from a renewed focus on their pupils and a culture change where every voice counts. A more balanced measure of outcomes for individual pupils ensues. 
  • Schools benefit – from showing their commitment to developing an ethos and culture that is inclusive supports everyone in and associated with the school
  • Communities benefit – from having a school that wants to be at the heart of the community and demonstrates its central role in children and young people’s lives.

What’s Included?

  • Access to the Boxall Profile Online for two years 
  • The National Nurturing Schools Programme file with all materials related to the programme including standards, self-assessment and planning tools
  • Training handbook
  • Opportunity to access consultancy
  • Termly network meetings for DSPL3 particpating schools

For schools who have successfully completed the National Nurturing Schools Programme, they can gain recognition for achieving a higher level of nurturing provision by applying for The National Nurturing School Award – assessed and awarded by The Nurture Group Network.

What are the costs?

From September 2017 for year one the fee is £900 plus VAT (includes one year Boxall Online, publications, manuals and two-day induction programme for two people). For year two the fee is £850 plus VAT (includes one year Boxall Online, one-day progress and application programme for two people, on-site assessment, report and Award).

This would be a part funded project with DSPL3 making a £500 contribution towards costs in each year, so participating schools would pay £750 + VAT over the two years.  This would be a very valid and effective use of Pupil Premium funding or indeed Pupil Premium Plus funding. 

So, what next:

Email Kerry Scripps, DSPL3 Manager (dspl3manager@sele.herts.sch.uk)  by Friday 26th May if your school would be interested in taking part.

Dr Margot Sunderland PAST EVENT

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Time: 8.45 – 3.30 p.m.
Where: Amwell View School
Who is it for:  Teachers, SENCOs, Deputies and Headteachers only (THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR LSAs/TAs etc)
Cost: There is no cost to schools as it is being funded by DSPL3
Expectation of attendees: Submit a  very brief report outlining three changes that they have made in their classroom/school as a result of attending the course.  This will be due 31st March 2017.

Click here to see the course evaluations

Click here to see who attended