Available Courses

We are delighted to be able to offer a training programme for the autumn term, delivered online and 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 Autumn Term 2021

 

Introduction to Working with Children with Down Syndrome online course

Thursday 23rd September 2021 (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-xnnapz

 

Introduction to Working with Children with Down Syndrome online course

Thursday 7th October 2021 (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-vnnmlo

 

Supporting Positive Behaviour

Thursday 21st October 2021 (9.30am - 2.30pm)

‘There are no behaviour problems unique to children with Down’s syndrome… but the nature of their learning difficulty makes them much more vulnerable to the development of such problems’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland).

This training aims to explore:

  • Consistency and the “Slot Machine” Theory of Behaviour
  • Common behaviour problems
  • The ABC of behaviour
  • Tools and strategies to understand, prevent and replace inappropriate behaviour

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

Cost: £40.00 per person (£20 for registered Downright Special families)

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

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

 

An Introduction to Signing for children with Down Syndrome for Parents/Carers

Thursday 4th November 2021 (7.00pm - 9.00pm)

Laura Nichols our Early Years Advisor is trained by Humber NHS Foundation Trust Speech and Language Therapy Service to deliver Signing Training.

This training course aims:

  • To increase your understanding of why signing will help your child
  • To develop your own understanding and use of the first 100 vocabulary signs
  • To provide opportunities for practicing sign and speech together
  • To provide good practice on how to use these signs with your child in everyday situations.

Cost: £5.00 per person

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

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

 

Testing Vocabulary for children with Down Syndrome online course

 

Thursday 11th November 2021 (3.45pm - 5.45pm)

“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.

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

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

Cost: £15.00 per person

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

 

Curriculum Access and Differentiation Zoom Online Course

Tuesday 18th November 2021 (3.45pm - 5.00pm)

‘In order to ensure that pupils with Down’s syndrome can access the curriculum many activities and objectives will need to be modified and adapted to the pupil’s level of understanding’ (Down’s Syndrome Association and Down’s Syndrome Scotland).

This training aims to explore:

  • Requirements of effective differentiation
  • Jerome Bruner’s CPA approach and the benefits of Bar Models
  • Differentiated planning in the science curriculum
  • Key principles for differentiation

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

Suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs.

Cost: £15.00 per person

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

 

Colourful Semantics for children with Down Syndrome online course

Tuesday 25th November 2021 (3.45pm - 4.45pm)

Common features of delay in language acquisition includes, among other things, difficulties in learning the rules of grammar and greater problems in understanding the meaning of words.

This training aims to explore:

  • Colourful semantics as a way to teach sentence structure and understanding of word meanings
  •  A variety of ways in which colourful semantics can be used with individuals and small groups to support grammatical understanding and language acquisition

The course is aimed at children in foundation and KS1 and 2.

 

Suitable for school staff and parents/carers.

Cost: £15.00 per person

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

 

Working with Numicon (Firm Foundations)

Thursday 9th December 2021 (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, parents and carers.

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 9th December 2021 (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 using Numicon

 

Suitable for KS2 and KS3 staff, parents and carers.

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

 

Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2021

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 15th - 21st March 2021. Click here to find out more.

 

From Twitter

Friday Sessions

We're delighted to announce that our Autumn sessions will resume face to face. We're looking forward to welcoming you back in September and have the following dates to share.

September 

17th

24th

October

1st

8th

15th

22nd

Note no session on 29th (Half term)

 

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.