Events & Workshops


CPD Courses 2019/2020

9 Continuing Professional Development Opportunities provided by SWASEND

As part of Align for Learning 2019/20 – includes Class Screening from Kindergarten to Upper School / Dyslexia the diagnostic criteria / Autism developing the capacity for “curious empathy” / The Perfect SENCo / Numeracy for ALL Learners / The INPP Classroom Programme / Visual Processing / Auditory Processing / Attachment

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CPD Workshop 9th March 2019

Establishing Structures That Ensure Quality Teaching for Every Learner

Saturday 9th March 2019.   9:30am-2:30pm. Wynstones, Whaddon Glos.

This Workshop is for SENDCos, Learning Support Teachers, Therapists, Designated SEN+D Trustees and Teacher Trainers and will explore how we can effect positive change, how the SENDCo can be an effective teacher developer and how we can best evidence excellence in our classrooms…read more here.

Coming soon…

…more details about the forthcoming Align for Learning training seminar for Class and Subject teachers and any teacher seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of meeting the needs of all learners.


CPD Courses 2017/2018

7 Continuing Professional Development Opportunities provided by SWASEND

As part of Align for Learning 2017 the following will be open modules: Is There Progress? / The Autistic Learner / What’s IQ got to do with it? / Attachment and Stress / What the Eye can tell / Why Can’t they Crawl? / The Perfect SENCo

Align For Learning 2017

Align for Learning is a part-time, intensive course over 15 months. There will be 12 weekend modules – Friday evening to mid-day on Sunday, with intensive weeks at spring and summer.


The following is a list of some of the possible topics that are offered to schools or regional colleague groups as part of teachers’ continuing professional development. All courses can be adapted to suit individual schools’ needs.


Auditory processing – creating empathy for the child who struggles to process what their ears perceive and developing good classroom scaffolding for these learners while gaining an overview of the neurological aspects of auditory perception and development.

Differentiation – meeting the needs of a wide range of learning needs and challenges while aiming high and stretching effectively. Good differentiation involves focused and efficient planning taking into account the Graduated Approach, differentiated delivery, individuated processing tasks and a palette of assessment tools. This day workshop will help teachers develop necessary skills to meet and provide for their learners whether they struggle to acquire skills, present along the continuum of Gifted and Talented or whether they are “Twice Exceptional” demonstrating both struggles and the need to be effectively stretched.

The Graduated Approach – in conjunction with the SEND Code of Practice 2014, this approach helps SENCOs, Classroom Teachers, Senior Management plan effective, transparent and professional provision and documentation for school-wide learners of all ages and abilities.

The INPP Classroom Programme – developed by Sally and Peter Blythe, this movement programme has substantial evidence–based research showing the benefits implementing this programme into the classroom as part of the daily morning routine. Taking only 15 minutes per day of consistent commitment, this programme will support healthy motor and sensory development for all children.

The training involves an overview of motor and sensory development with particular consideration of the healthy integration of primitive reflexes and the impact on learning should these not mature adequately. Participants will gain skills in assessing for aberrant reflex development, balance and visual processing, as well as learning the movement exercises designed to address these concerns.

Classroom Screening: early identification is key to providing quality education. This day workshop looks at screening designed specifically for the range of age groups from the early years through to upper school. Participants will be introduced to aspects of learners’ representational and expressive skills from drawings to essay structuring, standardised literacy and numeracy tests as well as, where age appropriate, movement, balance and co-ordination development.