Further detail on the people we have worked with…..
Back in the autumn of 2014, I had the great pleasure of being invited to see Colin Newton and Claire Darwin deliver a full-day course on person-centred practices, delivered for teachers in Barnsley. Having embraced solution-focused thinking several years previously, and later adopted person-centred approaches, I was curious to see how others approached these concepts and practices. Colin and his associates have taken these ideas to a level that many may have thought not possible.
Colin Newton and Inclusive Solutions worked with with Zena Martin in the spring term 2018 Forum to deliver ‘Emotional Wellbeing’ and ‘Chairing Meetings’ to the Inclusion Forums. Delegates loved the interactive style and graphics…..
Colin Newton and Derek Wilson are Co-founders and Directors of Inclusive Solutions. Together they have a combined experience of over 65 years experience as educational psychologists working across the UK.
For 15 years since founding Inclusive Solutions they have offered a range of inspiring inclusion oriented services including casework, person centred planning, innovative training and community building. Previously as Principal and Senior strategic Educational Psychologists in Nottingham City LEA, they bring a wealth of practical, applied solutions and processes from their work with children and young people with exceptional needs aged between 0-19.
Together they have written several books such as: Creating Circles of Friends, Circles of Adults, Restorative Solutions, Keys to Inclusion and Person Centred Planning Together. Inclusive Solutions is also a small publishing house and has published a number of books for other leading internationally renouned inclusive authors including: Incurably Human, Taking the Time, Seeing the Charade, Quiet Riot and Dear Parents.
They have planted and built Community Circles in Nottingham, Scotland and Suffolk. They continue to co facilitate Nottingham NG Circle which has been running for over 8 years
See Inclusive Solutions full training list for all their current courses.
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Leadership and Management of SEN
Cole is a consultant in Educational Leadership in schools and businesses. He established Vigeo Partners Ltd in 2017 and specialises in inclusion of people with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities. Hence ‘vigeo: to thrive, bear fruit and live in honour.’
He is a registered OFSTED Inspector, successfully Headed up schools in Blackpool and Dover, and was seconded as a Local Authority Adviser.
Visit www.vigeo.org.uk for further information.
Most popular packages of support include:
• Team and Leadership Development
• 1-1 Life and leadership coaching
• School Improvement Partner
• Head teacher / CEO / Exec Head Appraisals
• Governance / Trustee Reviews
• SEND Reviews
• Support with EHCP application, review and writing
• Curriculum design and evaluation
I had the great pleasure of working collaboratively with Monica Conlon on our SEND Training session focusing on EHCP applications. Monica Conlon is a freelance consultant providing a range of services to schools and colleges to build their capacity to improve SEND outcomes. She undertakes full audits of SEND provision, or smaller audits looking at systems and roles. She facilitates the development of robust SEND processes and provides stand-alone staff training. Monica is also Founding Director or Impact
Education Software Ltd.
In January 2017 15 years after gaining her PGCE Monica took up post as a Local Authority SEND Officer. Her experience in both primary and secondary schools gave Monica a fuller awareness of the issues for front line staff managing the complexities of paper-led systems. Deciding to work freelance to support schools in more depth Monica was determined to look for a solution to effective provision planning. In June 2018 Impact Education Software was created. Monica had a team of people who were as
committed as she was to develop a digital solution, with a shared background in education, cyber security and government innovation projects.
January 2019 After six months of development work, the first version of SENDiT was ready and local schools agreed to be the test cohort.
Monica can be contacted at [email protected].
Our work on Impact and Provision Mapping put us in touch with Malcolm Greenhalgh and, later, Jan Lomas. Incyte International specialises in school and academy improvement services in the UK and abroad providing a wide range of products and consultancy services, including one of the country’s leading online academic tracking programs. Our links with Jan Lomas and Malcolm Greenhalgh at Incyte initiated the development of our venue in Hull, and the further development of the Schools’ Intelligence provision mapping systems.
Autistic Spectrum Condition
We were delighted to welcome Lynn to our summer term SEND Forum to speak to us about autism in the early years. Delegates responded so positively that she returned twice since to training on autism in girls and effective social story writing.
Lynn McCann is an independent Autism Specialist Consultant based in the North West. She supports children with ASC and the staff that work with them to make school successful. She is a trainer, writer and author of “How to support children with ASC in primary school” and “How to support students with ASC in secondary school” both published by LDA 2017. Her latest book, ‘Stories That Explain’ is also published by LDA.
You can connect with Lynn on twitter @reachoutASC and through her website www.reachoutasc.com
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
Wendy is now the owner and director of Lingo Speech, a company passionate about developing the communication skills of all children and young people. They strive to enable all children to communicate to the best of their ability and to reap the rewards that confident communication brings.
They aim to provide services that develop these fundamental skills, impacting not only on communication, but also on wider academic and social outcomes.
Wendy qualified as a speech and language therapist 30 years ago and spent many years working in the NHS with children who had speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). She worked in Early Years settings and schools; mainstream, special and resource provision, where she worked with, and learned from some exceptional teachers and wonderful children and young people. She believes wholeheartedly in collaborative working, to ensure time and resource is spent wisely, using robust approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
For the past 10 years, Wendy has worked in the third sector, initially as a professional advisor for I CAN, the children’s communication charity and subsequently for The Communication Trust, where she had the role of professional director. In addition, she led on the professional content of a national campaign, developed interventions, such as Talk Boost, a targeted intervention for children with language delay, resources for practitioners and programmes of work, such as the Talk of Town, part of a large Educational Endowment Foundation randomised control trial. She also liaised with funders such as the Department of Education and the Paul Hamlyn foundation. Wendy also led on the What Works? evidence base for SLCN, working closely with academic partners and gaining greater insight into research and its translation into practice.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Jane McNeice is a professional trainer in mental health, running her own training company, Mind Matters, which delivers to leading business names in the UK. She is also an associate trainer for Mental Health First Aid England, delivering a range of MHFA courses, including the 2 day Youth Mental Health First Aid training, and 1 day MHFA for Schools & Colleges courses.
The spring of 2015 took delegates through Pamela Levin’s theory underlying the Cycle of Development. This was a very successful session, which resonated with many delegates, helping them to understand some of the reasons why children may present with negative or concerning behaviours. Steve Russell’s Behaviour Wall helped us immensely to see the progressing stages of this Cycle of Development.
Now, in 2020, we are delighted to be welcoming Steve’s work to the Forum once again, as we delve deeper into supporting attachment and self-esteem and recognising the impact of trauma.
In Autumn 2016, we welcome Viv Trask-Hall from the Thrive Approach to explain how they use this same underlying theory for whole staff development and training. Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life’s emotional ups and downs.
The Approach teaches you how to be, and what to do, with children’s differing and sometimes challenging behaviour. As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.
Based on neuroscience and attachment research, THRIVE training provides a targeted intervention. All practice is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measures outcomes.
Thrive provides training for professionals who work closely with children and young people from birth to adulthood, and it fully involves parents in the process as well.
Cognition and Learning
‘Colin Lane has for many years been refining his theory that hearing one’s own voice is a psychological key to much language comprehension and performance, that the cause of some children’s difficulty in learning to read and spell is having an indistinct or unattended ‘self-voice’, and that being able to record and play back their own voices can help some children make good progress. His system uses laptop computers with headphones to provide examples and exercises, and monitor children’s progress through his many-layered program.’
I had the great pleasure of meeting with Dr. Lane to find out much more about his work and research, which I was able to present to the SEND Forum during summer 2016, along with the research studies into its effectiveness and impact. A.R.R.O.W. has repeatedly demonstrated remarkable impact on pupil progress in literacy and language.
Warrington Orthoptic department run a specialised clinic for children in main stream schools with specific learning difficulties. Children are referred into this clinic if they are struggling with reading, writing or if they are falling behind their expected levels at school. During the assessment, we look for any visual problems that may be contributing to any learning difficulties children may have.
Main Contact Information
Kendrick Wing, Warrington Hospital
Barrington Stoke was founded by Patience Thomson and Lucy Juckes, a mother and daughter-in-law team with personal experience of the way that dyslexia can lock children out of the world of books and reading. Together they came up with the idea of books that would open the door to more young people and Barrington Stoke was born. They developed a dyslexia-friendly font, pioneered the use of tinted paper and began to commission short, achievable books from an amazing range of authors including Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.
Barrington Stoke were invited to speak with our Forum about the advantages of Barrington Stoke books for struggling or reluctant readers, and each delegate received a free book to take away. It is rare that a publisher invests so much in getting the presentation and construction of books and writing so specifically right for such readers, and using such high-profile authors who write books exclusively for Barrington Stoke.
Contact Barrington Stoke by phoning 0131 225 4113 or via their website here