Available Courses

We are delighted to be able to offer a training programme for the Spring term 2022, delivered via Teams or in person.

Wherever possible we ask that you use our online booking system (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial) to reserve places as this helps enormously with our admin time and costs.

Contact us for rates if you are booking for more than 8 people from one setting or would like to arrange INSET training.

If you have any questions about our training then email training@downrightspecial.co.uk, or call us on 01482 420160.

When booking the online events you will need the email address for each attendee so that they can be sent joining details before the event.

 

Downright Special Training Spring Term 2022

 

Working Memory for children with Down syndrome – Teams online course

Thursday 13th January 2022 (3.45pm – 5:45pm)

‘Many children with Down’s syndrome have poor working memories which affects their ability to hold, store, process, understand, manipulate and assimilate the spoken word’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland).

This training aims to explore:

  • The difference between long term, short term and working memory
  • The elements of working memory
  • The impact of working memory on learning across the curriculum
  • The characteristics of pupils with poor working memory
  • Tools for identifying working memory deficits
  • Intervention and support for children with poor working memory

We would recommend that teachers and teaching assistants attend the course together as the session covers issues of both classroom and one to one practice. SENCOs are also invited to attend.

This training is suitable for children in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-qlrmlm

 

Working with Numicon (Firm Foundations)

Thursday 20th January 2022 (9:30am -12:30pm)

Mathematics is important in our everyday life. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. Curriculum for Excellence: Mathematics 2012

This training aims to:

  • Understand the four strands of mathematical experience
  • Know what Numicon is and develop confidence in how to use it
  • Introduce ‘Firm Foundation Kit’ (Early Years)

Suitable for EYFS and KS1 staff, parent’s and carers of children in EYFS and KS1.

Cost: £25.00 per person

Venue:  Bodmin Road Church, Padstow Close, Bodmin Road, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 4HE

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-vnyaox

 

Working with Numicon (Breaking Barriers)

Thursday 20th January 2022 (1:00pm -3:30pm)

Mathematics is important in our everyday life. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Curriculum for Excellence: Mathematics 2012

This training aims:

  • To explore the barriers to joining in with mathematics
  • To understand which mathematical ideas are essential and why
  • To explore the ‘Breaking Barriers’ activities

Suitable for KS2 and KS3 staff, parents and carers of children in KS2 and KS3.

Cost: £25.00 per person

Venue: Bodmin Road Church, Padstow Close, Bodmin Road, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 4HE

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-mlmpvd

 

Introduction to Working with Children with Down syndrome - Teams online course

Thursday 27th January 2022 (3:45pm-5:45pm)

Educating children with Down syndrome can present us with unfamiliar challenges.

  • How exactly do we provide the right type of curriculum with appropriate levels of expectation?
  • What does good practice look like? What are the keys to unlocking a child’s learning potential?

Delivered by Downright Special staff, this training will cover key facts about the multifaceted nature of Down syndrome and an in-depth exploration of the learning profile for Down syndrome and its implications for classroom practice.

We would recommend that teachers and teaching assistants attend the course together as the session covers issues of both classroom and one to one practice. SENCOs are also invited to attend.

Cost: £15.00 per person

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-lqydqa

 

Co-ordination Difficulties – Teams online course

 

Thursday 10th February 2022 (3:45pm – 5:15pm) 

‘Research suggests that many children have difficulties processing the information they receive from their senses and then coordinating their movements’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland). ‘If one takes the daily life of any individual, it is hard to think of any part of it that does not involve some form of movement activity. Thus a child/young person who has co-ordination difficulties enough to interfere with these activities is at an acute disadvantage (David Sugden, Professor of Special Educational Needs, University of Leeds).

This training aims to explore:

  • Definitions and characteristics of children with co-ordination difficulties
  • Assessment tools, target setting and interventions for the development of gross motor skills
  • Assessment tools, target setting and interventions for the development of fine motor skills

This training is suitable for children in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-mygjyk

 

Growing, Changing and Keeping Safe – Teams online course 

Thursday 17th February 2022 (9:15am – 12:45pm)

‘All children and young people should be entitled to good quality sex and relationships education that will allow them to develop the qualities, attitudes, skills and knowledge to develop into healthy, happy and fulfilled adults’ (Wood, 2004).

This training aims to explore:

  • What is meant by sexuality
  • Common myths about sexuality and people with disabilities
  • The foundational concepts of sex and relationships education (SRE)
  • Resources/techniques for teaching SRE

This training is suitable for children in KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Cost: £25.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-kkvdka

 

Introduction to Working with Children with Down syndrome - Teams online course

Thursday 3rd March 2022 (3:45pm-5:45pm)

Educating children with Down syndrome can present us with unfamiliar challenges.

  • How exactly do we provide the right type of curriculum with appropriate levels of expectation?
  • What does good practice look like? What are the keys to unlocking a child’s learning potential?

Delivered by Downright Special staff, this training will cover key facts about the multifaceted nature of Down syndrome and an in-depth exploration of the learning profile for Down syndrome and its implications for classroom practice.

We would recommend that teachers and teaching assistants attend the course together as the session covers issues of both classroom and one to one practice. SENCOs are also invited to attend.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-rmezmk

 

What is Sensory Integration? – Teams online course

Thursday 24th March 2022 (3:45pm – 5:15pm)

Sensory integration affects how an individual perceives his body and the world outside, his capacity to learn new skills and develop adaptive behaviours, and how he moves, thinks, acts, feels and relates to others (Ayres, 1995). This training is for SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants.

This training aims to explore:

  • Sensory integration and the different sensory systems
  • Sensory integration and Down Syndrome
  • The impact of sensory integration difficulties on daily life
  • What to look out for
  • Practical strategies and equipment to support optimal levels of arousal
  • Specialist advice and support

This training is suitable for children in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-dnyknn

 

Teaching Vocabulary for children with Down syndrome – Teams online course

Thursday 31st March 2022 (3.45pm-5.00pm)

“Vocabulary is a huge predictor of how far children from any background will succeed at school and beyond.” (Beimiller and Slonim 2001; Clegg et al 2009) and the objectives for the course are:

The training aims:

  • To understand the word learning process
  • To understand the impact of vocabulary knowledge on academic progress.
  • To understand the kind of words that need to be taught explicitly
  • To look at tools and strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction.

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

This course is aimed at children in foundation, KS1,2,3 and beyond.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-ognenl

 

Promoting Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Wellbeing in pupils with Down Syndrome - Teams online course

Wednesday 6th April 2022 (3:45pm – 5:45pm)

Supporting and promoting the social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing of pupils with Down syndrome is vital for equipping these pupils with the tools to navigate life’s challenges and to fulfil their true potential.

This training aims:

  • To explore the concepts of mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing and the implications for pupils with Down syndrome
  • To look at practical strategies and interventions to support social and emotional well being in pupils with Down syndrome

This training is suitable for children in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Cost: £15.00 per person

Book here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/downrightspecial/t-qlrmrm

 

Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2022

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 21st - 27th March 2022. Click here to find out more.

 

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Friday Sessions

We're delighted to announce that our Winter sessions will continue to be face to face. We have the following dates to share.

April

1st

8th

29th

Note Easter holidays cover 15th and 22nd so no sessions on those dates

May

6th

13th 20th

27th

June

10th

17th

24th

Note half term on the 3rd so no session on that date

July

1st 

8th 15th

Can't attend a session?

Please let us know if you cannot attend a session - either contact your group leader direct, or contact the office on 01482 420160 or office@downrightspecial.co.uk

Friday Visitors

We regularly have visitors to our Friday sessions, whether they be healthcare professionals, friends from the community or old faces returning to have a catch up with us.