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Birch Wood Special School Local CPDL Offer-Training and Events Autumn Term

EQUALS Twilight CPD at Birch Wood School Wednesday 23rd October 4.00- 6.30 pm

Semi-Formal (SLD/MLD) Curriculum by Peter Imray

High Quality Local Training from only £19


With the Rochford Review confirming that ‘schools already have the freedom to use any curriculum they feel is appropriate for the needs and requirements of…… pupils’ who are not engaged in ‘subject specific learning’, we seek to explore

  • What does subject specific learning mean?
  • Who might be involved in subject specific learning and who might not?
  • What kind of curriculum makes sense for learners with SLD who will only ever be able to succeed (at the very best) up to the very beginnings of the National Curriculum?
  • What kind of curriculum model can enable those with SLD to be the very best that they can be and to do the very best that they can do, irrespective of their level of learning difficulty?

We seem to be in a position of much greater flexibility than we have been for a very long time which makes for extremely exciting and interesting times in curriculum development!


Please see the link below for more information

Creating a Successful Autism Provision- Autism Conference and Networking Lunch January 24th 2020


Previous Training Events-

Please ask for further details if you are interested in any of the event running again


Rebound Therapy Training



We are pleased to offer 2 places on our 2 day Rebound Therapy Training  on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2019.


RT is about much more than just bouncing. Through the movement experienced on the trampoline, students develop key skills, including gross motor skills, independence, relationships, awareness, communication, cognition, perception and enjoyment. It also allows participants to work on specific medical conditions.


The training cost £240 per person for 2 full days from 8.45 to 3.45 and takes place at Birch Wood School, Grange Drive Melton Mowbray LE13 1HA.


This will be offered on a first come first served basis.


If you would like more information or to book a place please call Renee Downing at the office on 01664 483340 or email



Training and Events - Please scroll down to see what is going on!

Colourful SemanticsWednesday 27th February 2019 4pm -6pm

Led by EYFS SLE Natalie


Following the November EYFS Network at Birch Wood during which we explored speech and language in our settings, we are now able to offer a taster session for Colourful Semantics.


Colourful Semantics is the 'meaning of the words' and this is made colourful by breaking down and colour coding different parts of a sentence. Colourful Semantics is a speech and language therapy intervention that indirectly works on developing a child's grammar through the use of Spoken sentences.


Colourful Semantics can be implemented in a 1:1 intervention or as a whole class or even school approach. The session will include an overview of Colourful semantics and practical ideas that could be taken straight back to the classroom.


All local school are welcome to send a representative, there is no charge for this session, but please let us know if you plan to attend, and bring coloured pens or pencils (orange, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, purple)


Please contact Renee Downing to book a place- 01664 483340

'Leading a Team'

A Course for Support Staff Team Leaders from Creative Education

12thApril 2019 8.45am -1.00pm


Suitable for: Teaching and non-teaching support staff team leaders in primary, secondary and special schools or FE colleges aiming to build on their leadership skills.

This highly participatory course aimed at support/associate staff team leaders will better equip you to develop team working, improve leadership skills, enhance communication and interpersonal skills, and augment levels of assertiveness and performance-monitoring.


The course will include:


* Getting the job done

* Improving team-working

* Setting work standards and monitoring performance

* Managing the people - team leadership behaviour

* Understanding the team’s needs - giving credit and encouragement

* Disciplining members of the team


Cost £30 (subsidised introductory amount). Please contact Renee Downing to book a place

01664 483340