Past Courses

 

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Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children with Down’s syndrome –  Early Years and Primary Education

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building

Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainers: Lucy Clark and Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with children with Down syndrome in early years and/or primary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support children with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.

AIMS/OUTCOMES: By the end of this session you will be…

  • Understand the impact of having Down syndrome
  • Be aware of the typical learning profile of pupils with Down syndrome
  • Be able to identify how you can best support progress
  • Be able to recognise what teaching strategies will work best
  • Be able to demonstrate good inclusive practice and differentiate appropriately

Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children with Down’s syndrome –  Early Years and Primary Education

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building

Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainers: Lucy Clark and Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with children with Down syndrome in early years and/or primary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support children with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.

AIMS/OUTCOMES: By the end of this session you will be…

  • Understand the impact of having Down syndrome
  • Be aware of the typical learning profile of pupils with Down syndrome
  • Be able to identify how you can best support progress
  • Be able to recognise what teaching strategies will work best
  • Be able to demonstrate good inclusive practice and differentiate appropriately

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Course Title: Meeting the Learning Needs of Children and Young People with Down syndrome -Secondary Education

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Ashford Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LH

Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainer: Lucy Clark/Julie Knight

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This whole day course is aimed at all staff/professionals working with pupils with Down syndrome in secondary school settings, that have not previously had any training. (Parent/Carers are also welcome to attend). This session will enable you to teach and support pupils with Down syndrome more effectively. It will cover the key elements of the specific learning profile, how you can best support progress, dispel some myths and give you strategies and resource ideas, based on research and good practice, to ensure you can meet their individual learning needs. We will also consider the role of the support assistant and what effective inclusion looks like.

AIMS/OUTCOMES: By the end of this session you will…

  • Understand the impact of having Down syndrome
  • Be aware of the typical learning profile of pupils with Down syndrome
  • Be able to identify how you can best support progress
  • Be able to recognise what teaching strategies will work best
  • Be able to demonstrate good inclusive practice and differentiate appropriately

 

Course Title: Growing Up – A practical workshop to support young people with Down’s Syndrome

Date: Friday 11th  May 2018

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Ashford Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LH

Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £40. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainer: Julie Knight from Inclusively Down

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

This hands-on workshop will support you to develop, manage and promote social and emotional skills and look at what we can do to further this for children and young people with Down syndrome. We will consider practical strategies and resources to give you experience of and confidence in doing this

During the course of the day we will explore:

  • What we mean by ‘social skills’ and ‘social development’? (e.g. relationships, play/leisure, independence & self-help and social behaviour)
  • How do we teach a social skill?
  • Practical activities we can do with our children and young people to support areas that cannot be avoided including:
    • Socially appropriate behaviour
    • Understanding relationships
    • Appropriate touch
    • Body changes
    • Stranger danger
    • Developing friendships
    • Independence in self- care routines
    • Developing responsibility and making decisions
    • The importance of privacy

At the end of the day you will feel more confident in supporting your child through the growing up process, have an awareness of practical resources and activities you can use to support your child through this process.

 


 

Course Title: IPSEA – Level 2 SEND Law Training – All about the Law around EHCP’s

Date: Sunday 29th April 2018

Time: Registration 9.30-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Kent Event Centre,  Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building

Cost: Parent/Carers £20, Professionals £50. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

Following on from the IPSEA Level 1 SEND Law training day we are running the Level 2 Intermediate course.

The aim of the intermediate level course is to provide a more in-depth knowledge of certain areas of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN Law”)

Topics covered during the Level 2 day include:

  1. Inclusion
  2. The duty to specify in an EHC plan
  3. Annual Reviews
  4. Transition from statements to an EHC plan – what is a good EHC plan?
  5. Mediation
  6. Introduction to Social Care Law
  7. Introduction to Health Care Law
  8. Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
  9. Home to School Transport
  10. Mental Capacity

The course relates to the law as it applies in England.

Parent/Carers and school based professionals are welcome to book.

Please Note: Due to this being an advanced course, it is a requirement to have attended either the IPSEA Level 1 Training day, the IPSEA Foundation course or similar EHCP training.

 


Down Syndrome Training & Support Service Ltd

Course: Numicon Training – Covering Foundation and Advanced Level    

Children with Down syndrome often find understanding number more difficult than learning to read. Numicon is a visual approach to understanding the many concepts of numeracy, linking numbers, counting, order, addition, subtraction and eventually multiplication and division to a strong visual representation.

The morning will focus on  Foundation level Numicon and the afternoon will be focusing on advanced Numicon. The day will cover:

  • Basic addition, subtraction, counting and linking numbers using Numicon
  • Counting beyond 10- (counting in 10s, 5s, 2s, through teens)
  • Recognising and ordering numbers up to 1000
  • Adding up and taking away/multiplication/division/fractions
  • Introducing time
  • Introducing money

Who can attend this course: This course is for both professionals and Parent/Carers

Date: Monday 26th March 2018

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue:  Singleton Environmental Centre, Wesley School Road, Singleton, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5LW

Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Cost: Parent/Carers £10, Professionals £50. Prices are per person

Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down Syndrome Training and Support Services


 

Course Title: IPSEA – Level 1 SEND Law Training – All about the Law around Education Health and Care Plans. (EHCP’s)

Date: Sunday 25th February 2018

Time: Registration 9.30-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Kent Event Centre,  Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. Training is taking place in Bredhurst room in the Clive Emson Conference Building

Cost: Parent/carers £20, Professionals £50. Prices are per person

Refreshments and Lunch: Are included in the cost

Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

Following on from the successful IPSEA Foundation SEND Law training course we ran in May 2016 we are delighted to now be running the Level 1 and 2 course. (Level 2 details can be found below as a separate course)

This one day introductory level course aims to provide an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN”). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice but also aims to enable the participants to see how the law can be applied to support parents and young people with SEN.

Topics covered during the Level 1 training day include:

  1. The framework of SEN law and duties of local authorities, schools and colleges.
  2. EHC needs assessment
  3. EHC Plans
  4. Changing EHC plans
  5. Exclusion
  6. Transition from a statement to an EHC Plan
  7. What makes a good EHC plan
  8. Knowing how the law can help you get the provision your child needs
  9. Introduction to the Equality Act

The course relates to the law as it applies in England.

Parent/Carers and school based professionals are welcome to book.

You do not have to have attended any previous training.


 

 

Course: Support & Practice in Secondary Education – For parents/carers and professionals

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue:  K Sports, Cobdown, Station Road, Ditton, Alyesford, Kent, ME20 6AU

Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £40, *£20 every additional professional

Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in Secondary Education for learners aged 11-16 years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences. This course will also cover transition from Primary to Secondary Education.
Both parents/carers and professionals are welcome to book onto this course.
*£20 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


 

Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education – Professionals only

Date:  Wednesday 20th September 2017

Time: Registration 9am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4pm

Venue: Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, Canterbury Road, Godmersham, Kent, CT4 7DR (Godmersham is between Ashford and Canterbury)

Cost: Professional members £40, *£20 every additional professional

Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.
Please note this course is professionals only. You can find details of the same course but for parents/carers below.
*£20 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


 

Course:  Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education – Parent/Carers only

Date: Thursday 21st September 2017

Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm

Venue: West Kent College, Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2PW

Cost: Parent/Carer Members £10

Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association.
Course Details: Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.
Please note this course is for parents/carers only.


 

Down Syndrome Training & Support Service Ltd

Course: Numicon Training – Early Years & Foundation Knowledge    

Children with Down syndrome often find understanding number more difficult than learning to read. Numicon is a visual approach to understanding the many concepts of numeracy, linking numbers, counting, order, addition, subtraction and eventually multiplication and division to a strong visual representation. Current research with children with Down syndrome in the Portsmouth region supports its use. It is, in fact, a very useful resource for all children, in particular children who are visual learners.

Please note; this date is aimed towards parents & professionals with no previous experience of Numicon.

Date: Thursday 18th May 2017

Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm

Venue:  Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6DS

Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £80, *£40 every additional professional

Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down syndrome training and support services

*£40 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


Down Syndrome Training & Support Service Ltd

Course: Numicon Training – Advanced Level

This training day is for professionals who have previous experience of Numicon or professionals who have attended day one.  Parents are welcome to attend but they must have good previous experience/training of Numicon and have children on more advanced levels, in terms of language and content. This course is focusing on advanced school based learning. We are unable to focus on home based learning. This second day will cover

  • Counting beyond 10- (counting in 10s, 5s, 2s, through teens).
  • Recognising and ordering numbers up to 1000.
  • Adding up and taking away/multiplication/division/fractions.
  • Introducing time.
  • Introducing money.

Date: Friday 19th May 2017

Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm

Venue:  Windchimes, Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6DS

Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Cost: Parent Members £10, Professional members £80, *£40 every additional professional

Speaker: Wendy Uttley from the Down syndrome training and support services

*£40 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


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Course: Managing Behaviour

Please note this training day is for parent/carers/family members only.  Behaviour training for professionals is listed below.

Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017

Time: Registration 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm

Venue:  Singleton Environmental Centre, Wesley School Rd, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5LW

Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Cost: £10 for parents/carers/family members only

Speaker: Inclusively Downs

Course Details: This course will equip you to be able to…

  • understand reasons why behaviours may be exhibited, in the context of the typical learning profile
  • identify the possible cause of behaviours that a child may exhibit
  • suggest strategies to use that will help overcome difficulties which lead to behaviours being exhibited

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Course: Managing Behaviour: Pupils with Down Syndrome

Please note this training day is for professionals only.  Behaviour Training for parent/carers/family members is listed above.

Date: Thursday 9th February 2017

Time: Registration 9.00am-9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm

Venue:  Twydall Primary School, Twydall Lane, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 6JS

Refreshments: Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Cost: £80 professionals, *£25 every additional professional

Speaker: Inclusively Downs

Course Details: 

This course is relevant to all staff working with children and young people with Down syndrome. The course emphasises that, despite many misconceptions, there is no behaviour which is specific to children and young people with Down syndrome and is about using positive proactive strategies to achieve potential. We look closely at why any behaviour may occur and how it is through changing our own behaviour and responses that we can support children to give their best. The outcomes are;

This course will equip you to be able to…

– understand reasons why behaviours may be exhibited, in the context of the typical learning profile

– identify the possible cause of behaviours that a child may exhibit

– suggest strategies to use that will help overcome difficulties which lead to behaviours being exhibited

– demonstrate good inclusive practice and differentiate appropriately

*£25 every additional professional applies to those from the same school.


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Course: Wills and Trusts – Planning for the Future                          

(Please note; this course is for parents and family members only)

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017

Time: Registration from 10am-10.30am. Course starts at 10.30am and finishes at 12.30pm

Venue:  The Fusion Healthy Living Centre, 2 & 3 Cobb Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9HL

Cost: No charge

Speaker: Richard Ostle from Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors

Course Details: This workshop will explain why, when you have a child with a learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome you will probably need a specialist will. The session will cover :

  • How will an inheritance affect my child’s right to benefits
  • Why you should make a will
  • The different types of Trusts
  • What can I put into a Trust
  • Choosing Trustees
  • Having a Letter of Wishes

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Course: Wills and Trusts – Planning for the Future   

This event is being kindly sponsored by The Bay Trust

(Please note; this course is for parents and family members only)

Date: Sunday 22nd January 2017

Time: Registration from 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 12pm

Venue: The Bay Trust, The Pines Caylx, Beach Road, St Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6DZ

Cost: No charge. Refreshments are being provided by the Bay Trust during registration

Speaker: Peter Cox from Prospero Solicitors

Course Details: This workshop will explain why, when you have a child with a learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome you will probably need a specialist will. The session will cover :

  • How will an inheritance affect my child’s right to benefits
  • Why you should make a will
  • The different types of Trusts
  • What can I put into a Trust
  • Choosing Trustees
  • Having a Letter of Wishes

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Course: Growing Up – Puberty, Sexuality, Relationships and Age Appropriate Behaviour. Course now FULL!
You can still apply for this course but you will be put on a waiting list. We will contact you if we are notified of any cancellations. Please continue to apply as we normally do get cancellations.

(Please note this course is for parents and carers only, for example a legal guardian. This course is not for people who support a child in a professional capacity).

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016

Time: Registration from 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm

Venue: Canterbury Christchurch University, Ramsey Building, Room RF35, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU. Parking is available free of charge either on site or in the road

Cost: No charge. Members will be given priority. You will be able to buy a light lunch in the college coffee shop.

Trainer: Cecilie Mackinnon from Downs Ability

Course Details:

Understanding the importance of starting early on helping children to understand about bodies, boundaries and appropriate social behaviour. Practical ideas and resources to enable children to develop healthy, safe relationships and enjoy good self-esteem and an active social life.


 

Down's Syndrome Association

Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education.

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2016.

Time: Registration & refreshments from 9.15am- 9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at  3.30pm

Venue: Hall Place Enterprise Centre, Harbledown, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9AG. Please note – due to room availability the training is on the first floor only accessible by stairs.

Cost: No Charge, members will be given priority. Lunch is included.

Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Course Details:
Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.


 

Down's Syndrome Association
Course: Support & Practice in Early Years and Primary Education.

Date: Tuesday 20th September 2016.

Time: Registration & refreshments from 9.15am- 9.30am. Course starts at 9.30am and finishes at  3.30pm

Venue: MidKent College, Medway Campus, Medway Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1FN

Cost: No Charge, members will be given priority. Lunch is included.

Trainer: Gillian Bird from the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Course Details:
Study day on how to support learning and development in the early and primary years. Includes advice and practical strategies for supporting learning which draws on the specific learning strengths associated with having Down’s syndrome but emphasises individual differences.


 

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Course Title: IPSEA – SEND Law Training

Date: Friday 17th June 2016

Time: 10.00am to 3:15pm

Venue: Furley Park Primary Academy, Reed Crescent, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3PA

Trainer: Maria Bloom from IPSEA

Course Details: How to navigate the new legal framework and ensure that your child gets the right educational support to meet their individual needs