What training do we offer?

The Language and Communication Team is commissioned to offer a range of training for staff and parents/carers. The Team has a ‘core’ programme which is offered every year, and an ‘additional’ programme which changes on an annual basis.

The Core programme:

Speech and Language Needs

The Language and Communication Team offers school staff the opportunity to gain the nationally accredited award (level 2 or 3) in supporting and developing children’s language and communication skills. The team is able to offer three programmes:

  • Speech and Language Support for 3 to 5’s
  • Speech and Language Support for 5 – 11’s (including the Foundation Stage)
  • Speech and Language Support for 11 – 16’s (including the middle school years)

 Autism Spectrum Disorder

From September 2015 the Language and Communication Team intends to offer free training in Autism Spectrum Disorder for school staff on two occasions during the academic year. The workshop covers implications for learning, practical strategies and resources, itwill be relevant for staff who have limited experience in working with pupils with ASD, for newly qualified staff, and for all staff who will benefit from refresher training.

Makaton Signing and Visual Strategies

Early Years practitioners working in private and voluntary settings are offered support and training on how to use MAkaton signing (by Makaton Regional Tutors) and visual strategies to enhance the learning opportunites for children (including those with SCLN) within their settings. Please note that in settings where the staff numbers exceed 15 there may be a requirement for some additional arrangements.

The Additional Programme

The Language and Communication Team is proactive in developing its specialist role in understanding the needs of pupils with language and communication difficulties in order to optimise support to schools. This requires team members to develop and extend their areas of expertise and to devise useful and relevant resources, programmes, strategies and training.

The following areas have been developed as workshops for staff to enable them to more effectively understand, identify and address the needs of pupils with language and communication needs.

  • Memory and Language
  • Verbal Reasoning

 School Requests for Training

The LCT will provide, free of charge, training for a small number of key staff in the use of resources, programmes and strategies specifically recommended in their reports for individual children, if this is required. 

Makaton signing and visual strategies training will be provided, free of charge, for a small number of key staff when a child from the setting has accessed a place at Dene Communication Centre during the academic year.

Schools are also able to request further training relating to language and communication needs and these will be responded to with reference to the team’s capacity for additional training and caseload commitments. The range of training typically offered is detailed in the information brochure provided for schools, and presented in the Local Offer. The team will aim to develop training workshops that are relevant to the specific needs identified by the school or setting and will work with key staff to identify training aims and desired outcomes.

There will be a charge of £100 for the development and delivery of each training workshop (available for whole staff or groups of staff).

Please note that the maximum number of learners for the Makaton and visual strategies training has been set at 15 in order to ensure that staff are able to participate fully in this practical workshop.

 Parents can access:

(Attendance at these is dependent upon the age of their child and them having received a diagnosis of ASD)

For a full list of our training programmes including dates and costs (where applicable), click on the icon below:








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