2 fully funded places per school in York

Programme overview

This programme will aim to empower teachers to embed a range of strategies which specifically target their pupils with SEND.

There will be a focus on the most common conditions seen in pupils with SEND in mainstream education: dyslexia, autism spectrum condition, ADHD and speech and language communication needs. The first session will be delivered in-person by the organisation Whole School SEND. The session will review the SEND Code of Practice and other resources, and provide training on each specific condition. We will also review areas of cognitive science such as cognitive load, working memory and long-term memory, but focused on what this means for pupils with SEND. From this session staff will be supported in using the graduated approach in identifying a selection of their pupils with SEND. This sample will become the ‘focus’ group for the implementation of the strategies later in the programme.

In the remaining sessions we will focus on a carefully selected range of classroom T&L strategies. Each session will host expert colleagues who will draw upon experience and a solid evidence-base. The ‘buddy system’ will allow delegates to nurture opportunities for collaboration, coaching and accountability. Delegates will trial a small sample of these strategies specifically targeted at their chosen class or pupil(s). The programme will provide targeted and precise strategies which are best suited to meeting the needs of their individual students.

Dates: Please note due to the structure of the programme, there is no capacity to move between cohorts for each session, please choose the correct ticket and make a note of the relevant session dates.

Cohort 1 (Primary) Session 1 8th November 2023 9:30am – 3:30pm
Session 2 20th November 2023 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 3 27th February 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 4 20th May 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm
Cohort 2 (Primary) Session 1 15th November 2023 9:30am – 3:30pm
Session 2 28th November 2023 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 3 28th February 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 4 21st May 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm
Cohort 3 (Secondary) Session 1 23rd November 2023 9:30am – 3:30pm
Session 2 7th December 2023 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 3 21st February 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm
Session 4 4th June 2024 4:00 – 6:00pm

Suitable for

The programme is designed for all primary and secondary school teachers. We will be using the ‘buddy system’ which means delegates will be partnered with someone working in the same phase, stage and/or subject area as them. Although the content in this course begins from a context-free perspective, we will create time and space for delegates to consider the practical applications into their specific contexts and/or subjects.

Programme aims

  • Explore and understand a range of conditions such as dyslexia, autism spectrum condition, ADHD and speech and language communication needs
  • Profile a selected class or pupil(s). Learn more about them and work on their learning problems
  • Review and implement individually chosen teaching and learning strategies which have a strong evidence base
  • Collaborate with colleagues to support each other as teachers embed new practices into their classroom
  • Be equipped with the tools and resources to evaluate the impact that this programme has on chosen students
  • Support your school in becoming a true home for young people with SEND, where they are seen and heard and supported to be ambitious and successful

Sessions will include

  1. Understanding the role and practice of an inclusive practitioner. Unpicking research around SEND from a class teacher’s perspective and knowing more about dyslexia, autism spectrum condition, speech and language conditions and ADHD. Delivered by Whole School SEND
  2. T&L strategies covering: explicit instruction, literacy fluency for SEND learners, modelling and using hinge questions
  3. T&L strategies covering: feedback, guided vs. independent learning (including working with TAs, utilising intervention work and setting appropriate homework), and dual coding
  4. Embedding practices over time (to include ways of feeding this into wider school practice and curriculum planning/changes)


If you are a York based school you are entitled to 2 fully funded places. This is thanks to the York Schools and Academies Board who have provided funding for all schools in York. If you are outside of the City of York locality, the cost is £195 per person.

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Booking deadline

Please book no later than Friday 27th October. Places will go quickly and we have a capped capacity based on 3 cohorts so book now to avoid missing out.

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