Barnsley Education Inclusion Services

Training, workshops and consultation surgeries

We have lots of events running that you can involved with.

Consultation surgeries

Early Years Area SENCO SEND consultation surgeries

Our Early Years Area SENCO runs consultation surgeries that Early Years SENDCOs, Early Years practitioners and childminders can attend in order to support settings with their graduated approach to SEN.

Consultations are also available for you to discuss and review SEN processes and practice within your settings generally; or related to individual children. Where the discussions is about an individual child, parents/carers are encouraged to attend to facilitate shared understanding and jointly agree actions.

To book a consultation, please contact Julie Thompson, Early Years Area SENCo:

Following your request, you'll be contacted to confirm the time for your consultation. Where the consultation is related to an individual child, consent forms will be sent to you and will need to be returned in advance of the consultation.

Early Years joint Educational Psychologist (EP) and Area SENCo consultation surgeries

The EP and Early Years area SENCo are running joint virtual consultation surgeries to discuss children whose needs are being supported at SEN support but who aren’t making progress within the graduated approach, and for whom Early Years settings may be considering submitting an EHC needs assessment request. 

The sessions are held virtually using Microsoft Teams. To discuss and book a consultation please contact Julie Thompson at juliethompson@barnsley.gov.uk

Consent forms will be sent to you with confirmation of your appointment and will need to be returned in advance to enable the consultation to go ahead. Parents/carers are encouraged to attend consultations to facilitate shared discussions about their child.

Dates of surgeries:

  • Thursday 7 October 2021
  • Monday 8 November 2021
  • Thursday 2 December 2021

Social communication and interaction consultation surgeries

We usually run consultation surgeries in locations across the borough every half term. Currently these are being held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

All educational settings working with children and young people can attend a surgery, including teachers, teaching assistants, key workers and SENDCos. We also welcome parents or carers to attend with you.

You can talk to us if:

  • you're thinking of referring a child or young person to the SCI team but want to discuss their needs first and gain practical advice
  • you need help setting SCI-based targets on a SEN support plan

You'll need to book a SCI surgery appointment with the practitioner designated to your locality area. Please find the dates below for your setting’s allocated surgeries. If you wish to discuss a child, please contact the practitioner who's listed for that surgery directly to book a slot. Slots are 45 minutes long and are designed to discuss one child. As always, parents/carers are encouraged to attend to add to the discussion and agree actions.

Following your request, the SCI practitioner will be in contact with you to confirm a time for your appointment. Please note that consent forms will be sent to you with confirmation of your appointment, and this will need to be completed and signed by the parent/carer and returned to the SCI practitioner in advance of the surgery going ahead. Without a signed consent form, unfortunately we'll not be able to discuss any children.

Settings in the following areas:

Town centre, Stairfoot, Kendray, Worsbrough, Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe

SCI Practitioner: Gemma Whitfield (gemmawhitfield@barnsley.gov.uk)

  • Week commencing 4 October 2021
  • Week commencing 15 November 2021

Penistone, Athersley, Darton, Mapplewell, Gawber, Wilthorpe

SCI Practitioner: Mel Booth (melaniebooth@barnsley.gov.uk)

  • Tuesday 19 October 2021
  • Tuesday 30 November 2021

Wombwell, Darfield, Jump, Hemmingfield, Elsecar, Grimethorpe, Shafton, Carlton, Royston, Cudworth

SCI Practitioner: Lucy Shea (lucyshea@barnsley.gov.uk)

  • Week commencing 11 October 2021
  • Week commencing 22 November 2021

Parent and carer workshops

‘First Steps’ autism parent and carer workshops

We usually run workshops for parents and carers who's child or young person has received an autism diagnosis. These events give parents and carers the opportunity to find out more about autism and the support that's available, as well as chat and share experiences with others.

However, all First Steps workshops for parents/carers are now available online only. You will get access to Powerpoint presentations, including short videos, and parents/carers have the option to access feedback sessions via Microsoft Teams.

To request a place please contact Melanie Booth

Online Cygnet Parent Programme

We're able to offer support to families of children with a diagnosis of autism through the online Cygnet Parent Programme created by Barnardos.

Participants are given access to online learning materials and supported by attending a weekly Microsoft Teams discussion session. This discussion session is facilitated by a team practitioner who is a licensed Cygnet tutor and is personalised to the group's needs to ensure that parents/carers have their questions answered and are able to build a support network with other parents/carers in the group.

The course lasts for six weeks and can be currently accessed free of charge.

Expressions of interest to access the Cygnet Parent Programme can be made by the parent via email to Andrea Eaton or Louise Stringer.

Training for professionals

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) training

The role title of ELSA is gained through access to a six-day training package developed and delivered by educational psychologists, with ongoing regular supervision facilitated by educational psychologists that supports the practice of ELSAs.

ELSAs are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils in their school who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The training aims to build capacity in schools to meet the emotional needs of their pupils and covers aspects of emotional literacy including:

  • emotional awareness
  • building resilience
  • emotional regulation
  • social and friendship skills
  • active listening and reflective conversations
  • loss, bereavement and trauma

TheELSA Networksupports and assists ELSAs in their work.

To access Barnsley ELSA training and be awarded ELSA status you'll need to be able to meet the following criteria:

  • be employed as a TA, HLTA or Learning Mentor in a Barnsley school
  • have capacity within your role to plan and deliver weekly ELSA support to identified pupils in your school
  • commit to attending all six of the following full days training:
    • 14 January 2022
    • 28 January 2022
    • 11 February 2022
    • 4 March 2022
    • 18 March 2022
    • 1 April 2022
  • attend half termly ongoing supervision sessions facilitated by Barnsley EP Service
  • for your manager to support and promote ELSA in your school and commit to attending an initial introductory meeting to plan for having a registered ELSA in school

If you're able to meet the above criteria and want to enquire about booking a place on our ELSA training course then please email Jo Patterson (Principal Educational Psychologist) at joannepatterson@barnsley.gov.uk and include your role, the name of the school you work at and the name, role and email contact of your manager.

Focused training events 

You can take a look at the training courses on offer and book your place through POD. All of the courses will take place on Microsoft Teams. 

Date and time Training  Led by Target audience Other recommended courses

13.10.21
1pm to 3pm

Person centred planning

Principles of participation.  Capturing the children and young person’s voice to inform outcomes and provision.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs / Early Years Practitioners
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Person centred planning tools workshop
20.10.21
1pm to 3pm

Developing social understanding

Writing and using comic strip conversations and social stories.

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs

Understanding autism
21.10.21
10am to 12pm

Makaton Taster

The Taster Session gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is, and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn a few signs and symbols too.

Settings/Parents to contact: gemmawhitfield@barnsley.gov.uk for further information

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

EYFS settings, schools, health professionals and parent/carers

Makaton signs/symbols are aimed at pupils in the early years

 

13.11.21
1pm to 3pm 

Settling and ready to learn in the classroom

Identifying barriers to learning in relation to concentration and attention.  Understanding ADHD.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Emotion coaching workshop

15.11.21
9.15am to 11.45am

SEN Support: The graduated approach

Supporting early years practitioners to understand their responsibilities to children with SEND and in implementing a graduated approach to identifying and meeting need.

EY Area

SENCO/Portage

EY SENCOs

EY Practitioners

 

17.11.21
1pm to 3pm

Person centred planning tools workshop

Practical approaches to engaging children and young people in contributing their views and aspirations.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs / Early Years Practitioners

Person centred planning

22.11.21
1pm to 3pm

Understanding autism

An introduction to understanding autism and how staff can meet the needs of children and young people with communication and interaction needs

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Developing social understanding
1.12.21

Emotion coaching workshop

Using emotion coaching to support emotional regulation to facilitate children and young people setting to learn.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs

Settling and ready to learn in the classroom

4.1.22
1pm to 4pm

LEGO Therapy

Using LEGO to support the child’s knowledge, understanding and application of social skills

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

Y2 to Y10 staff intending to implement the intervention, and SENCOs who need to monitor the intervention in their schools.

EHC co-ordinators Health and Social care professionals

 
6.1.22
9am to 12pm

Visual Supports

Understanding and using visual structure to support children with Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) needs in the Early Years

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

EYFS practitioners from settings and schools.

EHC co-ordinators, Health and Social care professionals who want to develop their understanding of how visuals are used in Early Years settings

 
12.1.22

Language for inclusion and connection

Recognising the impact of how we speak to children and young people and how we speak about children and young people.
Educational Psychology Service SENCOs
SLT Teachers / TAs / Early Years Practitioners
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues
Supportive conversations with children and young people workshop
13.1.22
10am to 12pm

Makaton Taster

The Taster Session gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is, and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn a few signs and symbols too.

Settings/Parents to contact: gemmawhitfield@barnsley.gov.uk for further information

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

EYFS settings, schools, health professionals and parent/carers

Makaton signs/symbols are aimed at pupils in the early years

 
18.1.22
1pm to 3pm

Supporting parents/carers through the graduated approach

Supporting early years practitioners to reflect on how they work in partnership with parents of  children with SEND and have those all-important initial conversations regarding concerns about their child’s development.

EY Area SENCO/Portage

EY SENCOs

EY Practitioners

 
1.2.22
1pm to 3pm

Understanding autism

An introduction to understanding autism and how staff can meet the needs of children and young people with communication and interaction needs

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues
Developing social understanding
2.3.22

Supportive conversations with children and young people workshop

Developing practice in using restorative conversations with children and young people.  Relational strategies for supportive conversations.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs

Language for inclusion and connection 
10.3.22
1pm to 3pm

Understanding behaviour in the Early Years

Understanding behaviours and supporting Early Years children to access the EYFS

Educational Psychology Service

EY SENCOs

EY Practitioners

 
16.3.22

Understanding trauma and loss in the classroom

Relational approaches to engagement.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Applying trauma informed practice in the classroom workshop
22.3.22
1pm to 3.30pm

SEN Support: The graduated approach

Supporting early years practitioners to understand their responsibilities to children with SEND and in implementing a graduated approach to identifying and meeting need.

EY Area

SENCO/Portage

EY SENCOs

EY Practitioners

 
24.3.22
10am to 12pm

Makaton Taster

The Taster Session gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is, and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn a few signs and symbols too.

Settings/Parents to contact: gemmawhitfield@barnsley.gov.uk for further information

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

EYFS settings, schools, health professionals and parent/carers

Makaton signs/symbols are aimed at pupils in the early years

 
31.3.22
1pm to 3pm

Developing social understanding

Writing and using comic strip conversations and social stories.

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

EHC co-ordinators and Health and Social care professionals

 
27.4.22

 

Identifying and supporting cognition and learning needs

Assessment to identify and inform need.  Best practice in meeting needs of children with learning difficulties.

Educational Psychology Service  

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Understanding and responding to dyslexia needs. 

Developing skills for learning workshop.

28.4.22
9am to 12pm

Visual Supports

Understanding and using Visual Structure to support children with Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) needs in Schools

 

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

Teaching Assistants, SMSAs, Teachers and SENCOs.

EHC co-ordinators, Health and Social care professionals who want to develop their understanding of how visuals are used in schools

 

4.5.22
9.30am to 11.30am

Understanding behaviour in the Early Years

Understanding behaviours and supporting Early Years children to access the EYFS

Educational Psychology Service

EY SENCOs

EY Practitioners

 

4.5.22
3.30pm to 4.30pm

5.5.22
3.30pm to 4.30pm

Supporting Schools with the Transition from Y6 to Y7 and Y11 to Post 16

The aim of this session is to look at ways of effectively supporting key transitions for pupils with autism

 

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

Primary/ Secondary SENCOs, and relevant Post 16 staff.

EHC Co-ordinators and Health and Social care professionals

 
6.5.22
1pm to 4pm

LEGO Therapy

Using LEGO to support the child’s knowledge, understanding and application of social skills

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

Y2 to Y10 staff intending to implement the intervention, and SENCOs who need to monitor the intervention in their schools.

EHC co-ordinators Health and Social care professionals

 
11.5.22

Applying trauma informed practice in the classroom workshop

Therapeutic approaches and tools to use in the classroom.

Educational Psychology Service SENCOs
Teachers / TAs

Understanding trauma and loss in the classroom

25.5.22

Understanding and responding to dyslexia needs

What dyslexia is, implications for practice and how to respond to concerns in relation to dyslexia.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Identifying and supporting cognition and learning needs. 

Developing skills for learning workshop. 

8.6.22
1pm to 3pm

Understanding autism

An introduction to understanding autism and how staff can meet the needs of children and young people with communication and interaction needs

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs
SLT
Health colleagues
Social Care colleagues
EIS colleagues

Developing social understanding

15.6.22

Developing skills for learning workshop

Understanding how children and young people learn and practical strategies for accessible teaching and learning in the classroom.

Educational Psychology Service

SENCOs
Teachers / TAs

Identifying and supporting cognition and learning needs. 

Understanding and responding to dyslexia needs. 

23.6.22
10am to 12pm

Makaton Taster

The Taster Session gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is, and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn a few signs and symbols too.

Settings/Parents to contact: gemmawhitfield@barnsley.gov.uk for further information

Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Team

EYFS settings, schools, health professionals and parent/carers

Makaton signs/symbols are aimed at pupils in the early years

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