Courses and Events

Natspec regional networking event – An introduction to Intensive Interaction

Pennine Camphill Community Wakefield 29 March 9.45am to 1.30pm

Intensive Interaction is an approach for teaching communication skills to those with severe learning difficulties, autism and complex needs who are still at early ages of communication. 

If you run programmes in college that often struggle with this level of complex disability, then this training opportunity may have some great rewards. Find out how one college has introduced and developed the approach. Learn how a partnership between teachers and a Speech and Language therapist, has improved the fundamentals of communication for these students. It may be that your college could develop better provision or improve your local offer?

Possibly, or even more probably, some of those apparently ‘unachievable’ communication based outcomes in the EHCP can successfully managed!  The event will be informal and fun.

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Natspec regional networking and CPD event – South East

Treloar’s College 2 March 2017 9.30am to 2pm

09:30 Registration and refreshments
09:55 Welcome and introductions
10:00 Preparing for Adulthood, linking outcomes in EHCPs to study programmes, employment, housing, health and community inclusion.Julie Pointer, Preparing for Adulthood
12:00 Networking lunch
12:30 Natspec update including new IT/AT project.Natspec Representative
13:50 Final thoughts – event round-up
14:00 Close

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Natspec regional networking event – Partnership, Personalisation and Learner Voice

Cambridge Regional College 15 March 2017 10am to 4pm

This free regional networking event is aimed at SEND/LDD practitioners and managers from all providers across the FE sector and Local Authority colleagues.

In the morning session, Patricia Walker and Tracey Noble from Hertfordshire County Council will share learning from the PfA Demonstration site in the East of England and their progress with  strategic engagement, integration and joint commissioning. They will showcase their young commissioners programme and outline recent work around supported employment and internships and employment outcomes whilst Ellen Atkinson from PfA will contribute the latest information on inclusive apprenticeship developments.

Amanda O’Neill from West Suffolk College and Hannah Holder from Suffolk County Council will explain and describe their partnership work to embed person-centred practices in supported learning. They will identify useful person-centred tools and where to access them for free, with the opportunity to try out some examples and explore the benefits to learners including the development of self-advocacy skills.

In the afternoon, Natspec will introduce their new technology service for the sector which aims to enable access to learning for all SEND learners through improving IT systems and the use of assistive technology. They will share some examples of best practice and show how the service can support professionals and young people e.g. with assessment, writing effective outcomes, planning programmes of study and helping students to plan their work and record progress. Bob Read, ACER’s English specialist and digital technology lead, will facilitate a concluding session around examples of free e learning tools and websites that are useful for those working at entry level.

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Natspec regional networking event – Prevent and SEND

Resource for London 28 March 2017 10am to 4pm

The whole of the FE sector is covered by the Prevent duties and this free one day event is open to both colleges, ITPs and work-based providers, specialist and mainstream. Ofsted evaluation reveals that there are short comings in current provision and we will examine these findings and their implications for learners with SEND. There will be a range of presenters from ETF, local councils, specialist colleges, mainstream colleges, and university teacher training. The focus will be on incorporating the duties into existing teaching and we will have an interactive element in all aspects of the day, together with further opportunities for sharing ideas and networking.

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Natspec South West Regional Conference – Moving Forward in the South West 2017

Tollards Training Centre 30 March 2017 9.30am to 3.30pm

This conference is aimed at all High Needs and Specialist Practitioners, Assessors, Trainers, Support Workers and Managers in the South West. Natspec’s vision is that all young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can access quality education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life, and in order to fulfil that vision Natspec are committed to supporting all high needs and specialist practitioners.

On the theme ‘Moving Forward in the South West’ and following requests received from our 2016 South West event, we have put together a programme that looks to address your concerns.  Our key note speaker Nigel Evans, HMI Further Education and Skills and National Lead for Learners with High Needs, will outline high needs and specialist provision delivery in the South West and be open to questions. Salam Katbi, Prevent Regional HE/FE Co-ordinator, South West Department for Education will describe what can be done to inform and support high need learners as regards the Prevent agenda and introduce the available resources. We also have 2 workshops hosted by Weston College and National Star which should inspire and inform your own practice.

We very much look forward to welcoming you on the day, to what we intend to be a regular event in your diary and establishing a committed Natspec Regional Support Network.

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Treloar’s Training Calendar 2016/17

Treloar’s provide specialist training opportunities, qualifications, professional expertise and knowledge to those who educate, work with, or care for individuals with additional needs.

The professionals delivering the training work with the students at Treloar’s. They have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the difficulties faced not only by the young people themselves, but also of the education and health and social care team supporting them.

To download the training calendar for 2016/17 please click here

To download the SEND professional and vocational qualifications calendar please click here


Epilepsy and People with Learning Disabilities Training

Prevalence of epilepsy is estimated to lie between 15% and 30% among people with learning disabilities. 

Seizures can be unpredictable and quick, effective treatment can be lifesaving. Beyond seizures, epilepsy can have a profound impact on the lives of sufferers, leaving them in need of emotional as well as practical support and often being reliant on additional medications.

This new workshop aims to increase theoretical and practical knowledge to enable those attending to effectively manage epilepsy.

We are launching this workshop: 

  • 22 November 2016
  • The Avalon Group
    Clifton Moor Business Village,
    James Nicolson Link,
    YO30 4XG

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  • Define relevant terminology
  • Describe the main causes of epilepsy
  • Describe the main types epilepsy
  • List the common triggers of seizures
  • Consider the risks and benefits of common anti-epileptic drugs
  • Know what to do in the event of a seizure
  • Explain the importance of keeping accurate records
  • Identify ways to minimise risks associated with seizures
  • Appreciate the psychosocial effects of epilepsy on a person
Introductory Costs:
  • £78 (Members)
  • £89 (Non-members)
To book your place, please download this booking form and return it to us.

For more information about this or any of our other workshops, please get in touch:


Working Creatively with Disabled Children and Adolescents CPD Day 2017

Treloar’s, Alton, Hampshire

Thursday 9th March 2017, 1000-1630

£95pp  (£85.50 with 10% early bird discount for booking before 18th Dec 2016)

This one day CPD event is aimed at professionals and practitioners supporting children and young people with disabilities.

Treloar’s specialist team of counsellors/psychotherapists provide therapeutic support to students aged 5-24 with complex physical disability, many of whom also have low cognitive functioning, learning disabilities, and/or little or no verbal communication. This course will aim to provide an insight into working with this specialist group of clients, combining theory with specific, creative interventions to support communication and therapeutic working.

To include:

Some historical context and the way disabilities have been changing and the impact on psychotherapeutic working.

Disabled identity and culture, and the wider system

Common themes when working with disability

Exploring our own fantasies, conceptions and projections around disability

Working creatively with disabled clients, including non-verbal children and young people


For further details and to book, please contact:

Kaz Lodge

Training Services Coordinator

01420 547400 Ext: 6428