Training & SENCo Forums

Page Updated 24th Jan 2022


Training Overview, Booking and Contacts

COVID-19 Update
All LIFT meetings and training will be subject to government guidance, social distancing requirements and Nexus’ Risk Assessment at that time. Numbers attending training and LIFT meetings may have to be restricted to fit in line with this.
If you are interested in any of our bespoke courses or require further information on surgeries, please contact the Nexus STLS Administration / Training Officer
Rachel Jackson
Nexus STLS Administration / Training Officer /
Tel: 01732 771384 opt. 5
Tracey Bradley
Maidstone STLS Senior Administration Officer
Tel: 01622 746660


Training WallchartSTLS Training Wallchart West Kent 2021 - 2022
TrainingSTLS Training Brochure 2021 - 2022
County Virtual Training Offer

Training 2021 - 2022

COVID-19 Update All future LIFT meetings and training will be subject to government guidance, social distancing requirements, and Nexus’ Risk Assessment at that time. Numbers attending training may have to be restricted to fit in line with this.

If you are interested in any of our bespoke courses or require further information on surgeries, please contact the Nexus STLS Administration / Training Officer

 Training  2021 - 2022

Training WallchartTraining Wallchart West Kent 2021 - 2022
NQTTraining for Early Career Teachers (ECT) previously known as NQT (Newly Qualified Teachers).
A series of free workshops for ECTs, covering a variety of SEN topics.

June 23rd 2021
ECT Discussion and Evaluation

Term 3

InteroceptionInteroception - Our Eighth Sensory System - Awareness Training
This training introduces interoception, interoceptive awareness and the interoception curriculum designed by Kelly Mahler. This sensory system, interoception, relates to our internal body states which underpins emotional understanding, regulation, behaviour, language, and social participation.
Brain in hand 1312350​Metacognition, Executive Functioning and Independent Learning
Feb 03, 9.30am - 12.30

This course looks at the areas of executive function and how we can best support those children who are struggling with these skills. We will look at metacognition (or ‘thinking about thinking), and finish by looking at how these skills can lead to independent learning, and how we can provide strategies to develop these skills further.
What is PDA
Pathological Demand Avoidance for Parents
Feb 02, 2022   7:30-21:00
Delivered remotely via Microsoft TEAMS

This training aims to increase your knowledge of PDA and to increase your understanding of how to support a child presenting with PDA/Demand Avoidant behaviour.
PhonicsPhonics for SEND

Phonics plays an integral role in our ability to read and write. This course looks at all aspects of phonological awareness and the ways in which these can be taught to enable successful readers and writers.
Fig thinker man human (2)Forgetful Brains - The importance of Memory in Learning
Feb 7th 9.30 - 12.30
STLS - Nexus Specialist School
This course will look at how we store memories and how we can support children in the classroom who have memory difficulties. 

Term 4

Singing childrenMusic, Singing and the Benefits to Learning 
March 3rd 9.30 - 12.30
STLS Nexus Specialist School

The course will focus on the theory and use of music, action rhymes and songs to develop skills and learning in young children.
Reading books learning indoors 0 (2)Dyslexia Awareness
March 17th 2022 9.30 - 2.30pm

Venue: STLS Nexus Specialist School

This course is designed to equip SENCos, teachers and teaching assistants with an understanding of the barriers that Dyslexia presents to learning, alongside practical strategies for supporting learners in the classroom.
Autismo fita3Autism & Girls
March 21st 9.30 - 12.30

Venue: STLS - Nexus Specialist School 
This course aims to provide knowledge, advice and strategies for supporting girls on the Autistic Spectrum. Topics include; how autism can present in girls, what challenges girls with autism may face at school and strategies to support girls with autism in school. 
Group team balloons question (2)SLCN - Speech Language Communication Needs

SLCN — a universal offer that will develop an understanding of language development and differences.

On Demand Pre-Recorded Training

Pre-Recorded Training

Each training has a live Q&A option. 
Following the training, you will receive a link to a bank of resources relating to the training. 
For further enquiries and to book click here.
Autism awarenessAutism Awareness - 1 hour 
This training explores the diagnostic criteria for Autism, children's different presentations, strengths and difficulties, and classroom strategies that support inclusion. 
DyslexiaDyslexia Awareness Training - 1 hour
This course offers an overview of Dyslexia and the resources available to support dyslexic learners. Following the course, you will get access to a resource pack that supports this training.
Girls and autism awarenessGirls and Autism Awareness - 1 hour
This training explores the unique presentations of girls on the spectrum and recommends strategies and resources to support girls' wellbeing and inclusion.  
Please be aware, to access this training we recommend you complete the Autism Awareness Training first.
ZonesZones of Regulation Training - 50mins
The Zones of Regulation is a cognitive-behavioural approach used to teach students how to regulate their feelings, energy and sensory needs, in order to meet the demands of the situations around them and be successful socially. This training will introduce you to the zones, and the pathway through the zones program, strategies and differentiating the zones program. 

Early Years SENCo Forum

EY SENCo Forums for 2021 - 2022 will be held at either Nexus School or  Ditton Community Centre (ME20 6AH).
Please check the venue and confirm your attendance via email 
Term 3 February 8th 2022 Nexus 
Hearing Impairment in the Early Years with Sue Holder and Vicki Trueman
Term 4 March 28th 2022 Ditton
Feedback on the STLS Redesign with Judi Beggs
Term 5 May 23rd 2022 Nexus
Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with Tracy Bennett, Independent Social Worker
Term 6 July 4th 2022 Nexus
Drop-in Q&A Session
We look forward to seeing you at these events. It is a good way to share with colleagues and find out about all the significant changes around SENIF, LIFT, Education, Health & Care Plans etc….

School Age SENCo Forum

If you wish to book a place on any of our courses, complete the booking form on the flyer and return it to the training/admin officer.

School Age SENCo Forums 2022 - To be held at Nexus School

SENDCo ForumTerm 4  - March 8th 2022 - 1pm - 3.30 pm

Learning Disability and Autism (LDA) Coordinators
Information will be shared on the LDA Practice Coordinator as part of the direct keyworker programme and how to access and draw on this service in West Kent.
Presented by: Nick Wellard Practice Consultant for Complex Neurodiverse Children

Challenger Troop - An update on what Challenger Troop can offer to schools in West KentPresented by: Simon Deann - Chief Executive Challenger Troop
Term 6 June 14th 2022

KCC SENCO Newsletters

SENCo NewsletterKCC Newsletters
Each newsletter will feature topics that you want KCC to cover, this could be new training, the support available to you, support for families and children with specific need types such as autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. KCC will also feature any messages that you may have missed in the latest SENCO forums.
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