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The Basics - Developing as a Supply Teacher

Classroom Management for Overseas Trained Teachers
This course looks at the psychology behind behaviour and provides various strategies for managing behaviour in both supply and long term placements. This is a 2 hour training session and is run by a recently retired Head Teacher who has spent over 30 years teaching in both Primary and Secondary schools in the UK. The course covers setting clear and achievable behavioural expectations, the assertive response style, and some practical tools to promote a positive learning environment.
Surviving Supply – A Guide for Overseas Trained Teachers
This course provides a guide for teachers and support staff moving to the UK from Overseas. This is a 2 hour course which provides information about living in the UK and how to get around, the way in which schools are organised, behaviour management policies and resources to use when working in schools. The course also covers what is expected of supply staff and how to get the most out of working with Protocol Education.
Classroom Management for Primary Teachers
This course looks at the psychology behind behaviour and provides various strategies for managing behaviour in both supply and long term placements.
Behaviour Management for Support Staff in Primary settings
This workshop looks at the psychology behind behaviour, how to prevent it and how to manage different situations that may arise in the classroom. This is a 2 hour workshop that uses your own experiences to shape the course and there is the opportunity to learn from your peers.
Working as a Cover Supervisor
On this course Attendees gain a better understand of the daily role and responsibilities of a Cover Supervisor as well as different strategies in behaviour management. The course will suit Teaching Assistants who are interested in working as Cover Supervisors in Secondary Schools and people who are new to the role of a Cover Supervisor.
Taking Care of Behaviour Online
Taking Care of Behaviour Online is a practical online course developed by Pivotal Education and endorsed by Edge Hill University. This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, cover supervisors and other educational practitioners, across all age groups. The online course shows how to be proactive about encouraging good behaviour in the classroom and reactive in responding calmly to poor behaviour. It helps to make expectations clear, work out what your priorities are, what behaviours are most important for learning and implement ways to deal with them. The course uses different teaching methods including forums, wikis, online trainers, videos, chatrooms and access to library of resources
Exam Invigilation & Access Arrangements
This course looks at the role of an Exam Invigilator in Secondary Schools, their responsibilities within the examination room, as well as tips and tricks for dealing with situations in an examination. The course covers information from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), who provide the regulations for all exam boards and pupils to abide by under exam conditions. This course is a requirement, as laid out by the JCQ, for all staff who wish to take on Invigilation work for GCSE and GCE examinations.

Interventions - Supporting the Curriculum

SATs: How to Prepare
Standard Assessment Testing are national assessments taken by pupils in Year 2 and 6. This course is aimed at Teachers and Support staff working in those year groups or taking intervention or SATs booster groups. The course provides information about the new arrangement of SATs, and provides ideas, strategies and resources to help support and boost successful SATs revision.
Unlocking Maths Interventions - Primary
Unlocking Maths is aimed at Support Staff and Intervention Teachers who feel they need to “brush up” on their numeracy/maths skills as well as gain a range of strategies and resources to deliver effective Maths interventions for Primary school pupils. This 2 hour course explores the methods of teaching Maths in the UK, focussing on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as well as ways to establish progression in your interventions.
Introduction to the National Curriculum – Primary
This session is aimed at Overseas Trained Primary Teachers who are new to the UK National Curriculum. This introduction is delivered as a 2 hour workshop where Teachers will be given the opportunity to learn about the different areas of the national curriculum and each strand’s outcomes.
Solving Numeracy - Primary
Solving Numeracy is aimed at Support Staff who feel they need to “brush up” on their numeracy/maths skills and overseas Primary Teachers who want to familiarise themselves with working in a UK classroom in order to enable the success of their students. This course covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and explores the methods of teaching Maths so that as a teaching assistant or LSA, you can support your class and teacher with confidence. The course is a 2 hour session where you have lots of opportunity to practice the strategies you will be using in schools.
Introduction to Phonics
This course looks at the different ways that synthetic phonics is taught in schools. The course is a 2 hour workshop and puts you back in the classroom! Attendees learn to support the teaching of graphemes and phonemes (with a focus on using the Jolly Phonics programme).
Understanding and Supporting Boys’ Literacy and Writing Skills
This session is aimed at Primary Teachers and Support Staff who work with boys who are struggling to engage in literacy/reading and/or writing. The session is delivered as a 2.5 hour workshop by an Educational Psychologist who provides a clearer understanding of the foundations needed for pupils to access literacy tasks within the KS1/2 classroom, and an understanding of handwriting and pre-writing skills needed to be a successful writer.
Supporting Numeracy – CACHE ELP Online
This online learning programme will support Teaching Assistants in producing engaging maths activities that will encourage children to relate maths to real life experiences. With an emphasis on making maths fun, this CACHE endorsed programme will help you to support even the most reluctant learners. Providing you with the information you need about the new curriculum, strategies to use when supporting activities and how to engage learners in developing their maths skills across the curriculum.
Supporting Literacy – CACHE ELP Online
This online learning programme will support Teaching Assistants in supporting literacy to a high standard and throughout other areas of the curriculum. The course covers key strategies for supporting all areas of literacy including reading, writing and phonics and provides information about the new curriculum giving you the confidence to support literacy activities in school.

Supporting Special Educational Needs

Introduction to SEND
This interactive 2 hour workshop will expand your knowledge about working in SEND settings (schools and/or units) or with SEND students in mainstream schools. The course explores the history of SEND in education, current legislation, equipment used, communication and the main needs of students you will come across.
Introduction to Communication in SEND
This course explores the different methods of communication that are utilised when working with non-verbal and SEND students (in mainstream and SEND settings). This is an introductory course and will be a base for further experience and study. The course is very interactive, providing a basic understanding of visual aids and sign language, and requires that every person who attends is an active participant.
Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People with Autism
This course explores the challenges children with Autism face and how to help them succeed in the classroom. This course is aimed at any school staff that have the opportunity to work with students with Autism. The course is a full day and our trainer initially trained as an ABA Tutor and works as a Lead Teacher for Autism.
Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People with Challenging Behaviour
This course is a 3 hour session delivered by an Education Psychologist. This training looks closely at supporting students with challenging behaviour, providing you with a deeper understanding of the possible reasons for the behaviour(s), and increase your confidence in supporting students with new available strategies.
Understanding Dyslexia
This workshop focuses on the main difficulties children with dyslexia have in the mainstream classroom and strategies to combat them. It looks specifically at Reading, Writing, Handwriting and Spelling and will build your skills in planning and delivering teaching in a dyslexic friendly way. This course is suitable for all school staff who may work with students with Dyslexia.
Makaton Foundation Workshop – Professional
This course is aimed at any Teacher or Support Staff who works in an education environment where they are using Makaton to support verbal communication. The course provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information. By the end of this course you will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and Additional of the Core Vocabulary.
Supporting EAL Students
This course explains the principles behind good support for students who have English as an Additional Language. Attendees will gain an understanding of how language acquisition works and a range of strategies to use in the classroom to assist in raising attainment and progress in the English language. The course will also provide you with strategies to support students so they are comfortable in their environment and feel a sense of belonging in their school
Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People with ADHD
This workshop is aimed at Teachers and Support Staff who work with children with diagnosed ADHD and those who are struggling to engage at school due to low concentration levels. The session is delivered as a 2.5 hour workshop by an Educational Psychologist. Attendees will gain an increased knowledge of what ADHD is, understand the impact it has on a child’s learning and gain strategies to help support pupils with ADHD.
Supporting Special Educational Needs – CACHE ELP Online
This online learning programme will support Teaching Assistants in understanding the new legal requirements as well as practical strategies to help provide the best standard of inclusive support possible for pupils with a variety of Special Educational Needs.
Supporting English as an Additional Language – CACHE ELP Online
This online learning programme will support Teaching Assistants in understanding the needs of children with English as an Additional Language as well as the key strategies for supporting their engagement, inclusion and learning.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Paediatric First Aid
The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) aims to teach the essential aspects of dealing with emergencies in the event of an illness or an accident involving babies or young children. Specifically designed for learners on the OFSTED Compulsory Register, working in an early years setting such as nurseries, this course provides an understanding on how to administer effective first aid on paediatric casualties. This course is regulated by Ofqual and is supported by Skills for Care and Development. The course is a 2 day course and is run by our partner First Aid Safety. Upon successful completion of the course candidates will receive a nationally recognised qualification and a certificate valid for 3 years.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
This programme is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children and their parents through their work in an education setting. It breaks down the complexities of child abuse and provides essential information, such as what abuse is, the different types of abuse, identifying possible signs and indicators of abuse and what to do should you suspect a child is being maltreated.
Child Protection in Education - online
Child Protection in Education is an online course which offers you the flexibility of completing the training from the comfort of your own home. Protocol Education are proud to be able to offer this training in partnership with EduCare. The programme is endorsed by Kidscape, Family Lives and 4Children and was written to raise your awareness of abuse and neglect, help you to recognise early signs that might indicate a problem, and show you how to take appropriate action.
Preventing Bullying - online
Preventing Bullying is an online course from EduCare endorsed by experts at Bullying UK and Family Lives, supporting you to understand, recognise and prevent bullying behaviour. Looking at evidence from research, the course covers who may be affected, the effects of bullying and how to prevent bullying in organisations.
Child Safety & Online Safety - online
Child Exploitation & Online Safety is an online course delivered by EduCare. The course has been written by a leading expert in e-safety and protecting children online, and a former Internet Investigator for the Metropolitan Police with over 10 years experience. The training aims to bring you up-to-date on how children and young people use technology and the associated risks. It also provides the essential information to help protect children and young people from sexual exploitation.
PREVENT Online – Anti Radicalisation
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) includes a requirement for schools to prevent their pupils from being drawn into extremism and radicalisation. Schools are expected to identify local risks and at risk students; work in partnership with other agencies and to keep children safe online. The Prevent course offered by Protocol Education is an interactive presentation delivering information about the signs and causes that can occur in young people and vulnerable adults. The course goes through step by step ways in which to support those who may be drawn in by extremist groups, and how to report concerns so that specialised help can be provided. The course should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
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