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SEND and Inclusion course directory - cognition and learning courses


Find out about our cognition and learning courses.

You can book a place for any of the courses on this page online using your Synergy account.

Please contact IT on 03000 261100 if you experience any difficulties with your Synergy account.

For further information on any of the courses, contact us at cognitionandlearning@durham.gov.uk or by phone on 03000 263333.

List of courses

Use the links below to view full details of each course:

Course details

Supporting pupils with Down syndrome in the classroom

Description: To understand the typical learning profile of children and young people with Down syndrome and how to support them effectively in the classroom.

This course provides delegates with an understanding of the typical learning profile of a child or young person with Down syndrome and how they should be supported in both mainstream or specialist settings. There are opportunities to become familiar with guidance for good practice, strategies and resources across all areas of need.

Outcomes: 

  • To gain a more in-depth understanding of the typical learning profile associated with children who have Down syndrome.
  • Strategies and resources to support speech, language and working memory.
  • Strategies and resources to support reading, writing and spelling and handwriting.
  • Strategies and resources to support maths.
  • Strategies to support behaviour.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants

Course date and time: 5 April 2022, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80 

Cancellation terms: One week


Practical strategies to support pupils with General Learning Difficulties (GLD) in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Description: This half day course (face-to-face) will provide an overview of General Learning Difficulties (GLD) experienced by children within the EYFS. This course can also be delivered remotely.

The outline of this course is:

  • To gain a good understanding of the needs of the children within EYFS.
  • Look at the impact that GLD can have upon the children and their learning.
  • Discuss strategies and adaptations to support their learning within the EYFS.

Outcomes: 

  • To have a greater understanding of the barriers to children's learning within the EYFS.
  • To have a greater confidence to use a variety of strategies to support children within the classroom environment

Who the course is for: SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants (any additional members of EYFS team)

Course date and time: 9 November 2021, 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre 

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: None


Supporting children with General Learning Difficulties (GLD) in the classroom

Description: This half day course will examine a range of underlying difficulties and how they impact on children accessing the curriculum. Delegates will be provided with strategies, resources and activities to support areas such as visual perception, working memory, vocabulary and language skills and handwriting.

Outcomes: 

  • To gain an understanding of the underlying difficulties children can have which are having an impact on their progress across the curriculum
  • To gain an understanding of some of the underlying barriers that can impact on general learning in the classroom and prevent children from reaching ARE
  • To explore a range of supportive strategies, activities and interventions that can be used across the core curriculum in the classroom.

Who the course is for: Head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants

Course date and time: 23 November 2021, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: One week


Tip of the iceberg - Behaviour training

Description: This half day course (face to face) will provide a deeper understanding of the underlying causes/triggers for challenging behaviour.

  • To gain a good understanding of the specific needs of the children within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Look at the impact that challenging behaviour can have upon the children and their learning experiences.
  • It will offer practical strategies to support children within the EYFS.

Outcomes: 

  • To have a greater understanding of the barriers to children's learning within the EYFS.
  • To have a greater confidence to use a variety of strategies to support children within the classroom environment.
  • To be able to identify possible triggers and make reasonable adaptations to our learning environment to enable all children to be able to access the curriculum.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants (any additional members of EYFS Team)

Course date and time: 6 April 2022, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: One week


Change can be good - Transition training

Description: This half day course will provide a deeper understanding of the challenges the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children face during times of transition.

  • To gain a good understanding of the specific needs of the children within EYFS.
  • Look at the impact that transition can have upon the children and their learning experiences.
  • It will offer practical strategies to support children within the EYFS.
  • Brief look at transition policies, adjustments, procedures and resources to support children at times of transition.

Outcomes: 

  • To have a greater understanding of the barriers to children's learning within the EYFS.
  • To have a greater confidence to use a variety of strategies to support children within the classroom environment.
  • To be able to identify possible triggers and make reasonable adaptations to our learning environment to enable all children to be able to access the curriculum.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants (any additional members of EYFS Team)

Course date and time: 10 May 2022, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: One week


Supporting pupils with memory difficulties

Description: A half day course exploring the different types of memory difficulties faced by pupils. It covers auditory short term memory, working memory and visual memory and is relevant for learners at any age.

This session will consider a range of difficulties that can be associated with memory difficulties and the support strategies that can be used in a mainstream classroom.

Outcomes: 

  • To have a knowledge of the different forms of memory.
  • To understand how difficulties in these areas impact on pupils' learning.
  • To have a range of strategies to support pupils with memory difficulties.

Who the course is for: KS1/KS2 teachers, learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants and teaching assistants

Course date and time: 16 November 2021, 9.15am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre 

Cost: £80 per person

Cancellation terms: One week


Supporting pupils with phonic/decoding and reading comprehension difficulties

Description: This half day course will explore the underlying reasons why some children and young people find it hard to read. You will investigate teaching approaches and the latest research into reading problems, look at strategies, approaches and resources to support struggling readers.

Outcomes: 

  • To understand the progression of reading skills and the underlying skills required.
  • To understand why some pupils find it difficult to read successfully.
  • To match reading difficulties to strategies and approaches.
  • To have an understanding of a range of commonly used strategies and interventions to help children with reading difficulties to make progress.

Who the course is for: KS1/KS2 teachers, learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants and teaching assistants

Course date and time: 22 March 2022, 9.15am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80 per person

Cancellation terms: One week


Supporting pupils with handwriting difficulties

Description: This full day course aims to develop an understanding of handwriting difficulties at all developmental levels. It is suitable for staff from all key stages, including special schools.

This course can not be delivered virtually

Outcomes: 

  • To explore whole school practices and policies and how these impact on children with handwriting difficulties.
  • To know about current international practices.
  • To understand the range of fine motor/handwriting difficulties commonly experienced by children.
  • To understand how to assess handwriting difficulties.
  • To have a knowledge of common interventions, resources and strategies to support these children.

Who the course is for: Teachers, LSAs, HLTAs, TAs

Course date and time: 9 March 2022, 9.15am - 3.30pm (lunch included)

Where: Education Development Centre 

Cost: £150 

Cancellation terms: One week


Getting the best from your Cognition and Learning interventions and provision

Description: Understand how to get more from your Cognition and Learning interventions and provision. This half day course will explore commonly used interventions to support learners with cognition and learning needs. It will look at how to match interventions to needs, how to best deliver the interventions and how they can be further developed to ensure that children are motivated and making progress.

Outcomes: 

  • To understand the term provision.
  • To have an understanding of a range of commonly used interventions to support literacy, memory, visual perception, motor skills and handwriting.
  • To understand how to match underlying difficulties to appropriate interventions.
  • To explore a range of interventions and how to get the best from them.
  • To explore how to develop a structured intervention session.

Who the course is for: Teachers, LSAs, HLTAs, TAs

Course date and time: 12 May 2022, 9.15am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: One week


An introduction to SEND for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Description: This course will provide an introduction to SEND for those new to the teaching profession. It will explore the Code of Practice and how this can be translated into classroom practice and what is expected of teachers in Durham schools. The course will also help NQTs to identify some underlying difficulties and to help to understand children with a range of needs.

Outcomes: 

  • To understand the Code of Practice for SEND and teachers responsibilities.
  • To consider how underlying difficulties affect children and their learning in class.
  • To understand different types of SEND.
  • To explore strategies and resources to support children in class.

Who the course is for: Newly or recently qualified teachers

Course date and time: 18 November 2021, 9.15am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre 

Cost: £80

Cancellation terms: One week


InPrint 3 software demonstration

Description: A brief, virtual demonstration of InPrint 3 software via Microsoft Teams platform. Attendees will be shown how InPrint 3 software can be used to make symbolised resources to be used in the classroom and wider school environment to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Outcomes: 

  • To have a basic understanding of how InPrint 3 software can be used to make resources such as flash cards, visual timetables and word banks.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, Teachers, LSAs

Course date and time: 9 November 2021,  11 February 2022, 10.30am (course duration approximately 1.5 hours)

Where: Online session via Microsoft Teams

Cost: £30

Cancellation terms: One week


Practical approaches to support pupils in maths

Description: This half day course will explore practical approaches to support pupils overcome barriers to learning in mathematics. 

This course will explore a range of teaching approaches strategies, and resources which will support pupils in developing mathematical understanding.It will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more in a 'hands on way' about the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach, commonly referred to as the CPA approach.

Outcomes: 

  • To have a good understanding of the nature of dyscalculia and maths difficulties
  • An appreciation of the research and evidence behind CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approaches Opportunities to explore resources and manipulatives to use in the classroom
  • Have a knowledge of games, technology and interventions which may scaffold, support and encourage reluctant learners in maths.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, Teachers and TAs Key Stage 1-2

Course date and time: 25 May 2022, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80 per person

Cancellation terms: One week


Making Sense of Sensory - Developing an understanding of sensory needs

Description: Course participants will develop an understanding of sensory needs and ways of supporting pupils who present with these.

This half day course will provide an overview of sensory needs.  It will focus on how these might present  in children (in school and at home), how sensory differences can impact on children and strategies and approaches practitioners can use to support with these needs.

Outcomes: 

  • To have an understanding of sensory processing needs, what they are and how they might present in children.
  • To find out more about adaptations you can make to your environment, approach and practice in school so you can best support pupils who have sensory needs.

Who the course is for: Any staff member who works with pupils with sensory needs, including teachers, Teaching Assistants, SENCOs, school leaders.

Course date and time: 16 November 2021 or 10 March 2022, 9.00am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80 per person

Cancellation terms: One week


Understanding and supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) in the Primary classroom

Description: This session will consider a range of difficulties that can be associated with acquiring literacy skills and the support strategies that should be in place in a mainstream classroom.

This half day course is designed for teachers who wish to extend their knowledge of a range of specific learning difficulties which affect literacy and who are looking for practical ideas to support learners. 

Outcomes: 

  • To know current definitions of dyslexia and other SpLD's
  • To understand the wide range of difficulties learners with SpLD's encounter.
  • To know how multi sensory teaching is essential to all SpLD learners.
  • To know how to make learner environments 'learner friendly'.

Who the course is for: Any staff member who works with pupils with sensory needs, including teachers, Teaching Assistants, SENCOs, school leaders.

Course date and time: 18 January 2022, 9.15am - 12 noon

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £80 per person

Cancellation terms: One week


Clicker 8 software demonstration

Description: A virtual demonstration of Clicker 8 software via Microsoft Teams platform. Attendees will be given a brief introduction to Clicker 8 software and how it can be used to support the recording/writing process for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Outcomes: 

  • To have a basic understanding of how Clicker 8 software can be used to support the recording of written work for children with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Who the course is for: SENCOs, Teachers, LSAs

Course date and time: 2 December 2021 at 1.30pm and Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 10.30am

Where: Microsoft Teams virtual platform

Cost: £30 

Cancellation terms: One week

Contact us
Cognition and learning (SEND and Inclusion Service)
03000 263 333
Our address is:
  • Education Development Centre
  • Enterprise Way
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6YP