CONFERENCES AND COURSES
SPECIAL NEEDS FRINGE
Assistive technology and special needs exhibition plus free seminars held next door to the BETT Show. Venue: Olympia Hilton, Kensington, London. Tel: 01457 819790; www.inclusive.co.ukexhibitions
From January 12
THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF HANDWRITING
This postponed accredited diploma course will now be held on six dates in the spring term at the Institute of Education, London. Tutors: Professor Sheila Henderson, National Handwriting Association chair and expert on motor development, and Angela Webb, specialist in the visual perceptual needs of children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Fee: pound;774; pound;674 NHA and SENJIT members. Tel: 020 7612 6269.
RISK MANAGEMENT ISSUES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN'S SERVICES
February 23, March 9 and 21
PARTICIPATION AND BELONGING: ENSURING EQUALITY FOR EVERY CHILD
National Children's Bureau training courses. The first will be held in Telford; the second, in partnership with the Sure Start Unit, in London, Exeter and Nottingham respectively.
Tel: 020 7843 64416042; email@example.com; www.ncb.org.uk
CBBC Class TV
THE CHAT ROOM
These programmes for ages seven-11 feature thought-provoking dramas and documentaries about people with learning difficulties, which are discussed by a group of young people: Stereotypes, December 6, 10-10.20am, repeated 12 noon-12.20pm. Resident Big Sister, Ailsa Pearcey, sets the group physical challenges to help them understand difficulties faced by people with learning disabilities and shares her experiences as a person with Down syndrome. Bullying, December 7, 10-10.20am, repeated 12 noon-12.20pm.
Andrew, who has a learning disability, describes being bullied and the group explores feelings of exclusion.
Self-esteem, December 8, 10-10.20am, repeated 12 noon-12.20pm. A positive look at inclusion, showing how making friends can be difficult for people with a disability.
Coping with anger: December 9, 9-9.10am, repeated 11-11.10am; Managing conflict: December 9, 9.10-9.20am, repeated 11.10-11.20am; Hard to be good, December 9, 9.40-9.50am, repeated 11.40-11.50am (also BBC 2, 11.50am-12 noon); Fool and the Gang, December 9, 9.50-10am, repeated 11.50-12 noon (also BBC2, December 16, 11.50am-12 noon). For ages nine to 11. The first offers strategies on managing anger, the second follows pupils training to be peer mediators, the third follows Samuel's attempts to look out for wild boy Darren, and the fourth explores being the odd one out.
(digital, cable, satellite and at www.teachers.tv following transmission).
A block of four 15-minute programmes to be shown: December 6, 4-5am, 3-4pm; December 9, 4-5am, 3-4pm; December 11, 2-3pm; December 26, 9-10am; December 31, 3-4pm.
FROM SUPPORT STAFF TO SENCO
Janine Priest, student support manager at Deanery high school, Wigan, runs a department of eight learning support assistants. She began after A-levels nine years ago as an administrative assistant in the special needs department and, having worked her way up from teaching assistant to Senco, oversees some 150 pupils on the special needs register operating an open-door policy with parents.
Teachers at The Earls high school, Halesowen, use yellow planning sheets to communicate lesson objectives and curriculum information to teaching assistants. They receive an information folder about students, departments and the curriculum to help them plan their work.
A look at opportunities available to secondary TAs at The Earls, the qualities and qualifications required, and in-service training provided.
WORKING ONE TO ONE
Four TAs at The Earls work one-to-one with pupils from Years 7-9. One is a wheelchair-user and others have behavioural or learning difficulties. The headteacher and head of learning support give their views on the effectiveness of this method.
Contributions to the diary should be sent to SNExtra@tes.co.uk