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Featured stories

Teach how they learn
Meeting the real needs of dyslexic pupils. More

A tale of two sisters
Growing up with an autistic sibling. More

School’s out
The trials of ADHD and education. More

Do TAs make a difference?
Teaching assistants have their say. More

Help with developmental delay
A new guide for parents. More

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Featured organisations

Connect is the UK’s first free social network for families living with autism. Through features such as profile building, status updates and private messaging, Connect offers members of the autism community a chance to interact, unite and ultimately realise that they are not alone in their experiences. Sign up today:

Exercise-based SEN intervention for schools
Only 15 places remaining for schools to sign up to new licensing scheme. Enrol up to eight SEN pupils for under £1200. More 

Douglas Silas Solicitors
Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising in SEN who help parents successfully through each stage of the statementing process, including with appealing if necessary. Their website at is also a very popular resources with lots of free information, used by thousands of parents and professionals each month. More

LVS Oxford
LVS Oxford school for students with autism and Asperger’s opens September 2014 – providing day and weekly residential places for learners aged 11 to 19, following the successful LVS Hassocks’ model. Come and meet us and look around at one of our open days: 20 and 21 June, and 4 and 5 July 2014.

The Hesley Group
Established in 1975, the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services, schools and colleges. The Hesley Group aims to offer the best possible care, education and support for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs including behaviour that may challenge. More

St Christopher's School
St Christopher's School, Bristol is an independent special school and registered children's home providing 40 to 52 week residential provision for children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties, including autism and behaviour difficulties. The wellbeing of pupils is at the heart of St Christopher's, which provides specialist care and education for its pupils, based on the holistic principles of Rudolf Steiner. St Christopher's has had Autism Accreditation since 2007. More

Which School? For Special Needs
Which School? For Special Needs is an annual guide to independent and non-maintained schools and colleges for pupils with sensory, physical, learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, or dyslexia. Now in its 21st edition, this well-received guide contains a comprehensive directory, updated annually, and also editorial articles. Available in print or free eBook. More

Sensory Technology
Sensory Technology, a dynamic multi-sensory company, is proud to announce that they are in their 10th year of business. To celebrate their success, they wish to express a big heart felt thank you to all their customers with a fitting 10 per cent discount across all products on their new online shop. More

Prior's Court
Prior's Court offer specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5-19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19-25 years) offer personalised learning focussing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More

Magic Words speech therapy For schools
Magic Words speech therapy for schools is an established, independent speech and language therapy service available to be bought in by schools to provide speech and language assessment, advice, therapy and training. Evidence your pupil premium spending and improve your student's speech, language and communication skills. More

Seashell Trust
Seashell provides outstanding education and care services for children and young people with complex communication and learning needs including autism and multi-sensory impairment. Our specialist on-site assessment and leisure facilities enhance and extend the curriculum. Individual programmes are designed by a multi-disciplinary team and delivered by qualified and experienced staff. More

TCES Group
TCES Group schools across London and Essex offer day-school provision for BESD/ASC pupils at KS2-4 and post-16. Four tiers of service, strategically aligned along a continuum of need, are differentiated according to each pupil’s needs, experiences to date and hoped for outcomes. More

CPD, training and events

Various dates
Supporting people on the Autism Spectrum in Producing Written Work

It is not uncommon for people with Autism to experience difficulties in completing written tasks. This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people or adults, in an educational setting.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Autism Spectrum, An Introduction, Level 2

Various venues
Accredited at level 2 by the Open College Network. This course is for anyone working with or caring for either adults or children with autism.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates
Learning Works CPD Courses
6 and 7 October: Managing the Role of the SENCO Mod 2 (days 1 and 2)
13 and 14 October: Overcoming Barriers to Learning in Mathematics Mod 1 (days 1 and 2)
15 and 16 October: Teaching Children with Specific Learning Difficulties Mod 2 (days 1 and 2)

For full details and booking online,
click here

Various dates
Learning Outside the Classroom

This course covers outdoor teaching ideas across all areas of the curriculum for children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-83282

Various dates
Practical and Effective Ways of Using Multi-Sensory Equipment

A practical "hands on" course to learn everything you need to know to get the most out of a multi-sensory environment. Learn what the multi-sensory concept is, how to use it and who can benefit.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828

Various dates
Intensive Interaction (Phoebe Caldwell) Sensory Issues And Communication Using Body Language
This course uses film and discussion to look at the different sensory experience of children and adults with autism. Learn how their understanding can be helped through visual, auditory and physical interventions.
Concept Training Ltd.  01524-832828  More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN INSET training
Effective, personalised, in-house training delivered by experienced, qualified and approachable trainers. Contact for availability. For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN Consultations and Observations

In-house observations of learners; supported by teacher consultations followed by whole staff lunchtime/twilight feedback session and detailed, personalised written reports including recommendations and interventions. Contact for availability and further information. For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

Henshaws College Professional Days
Regular free professional development events at Henshaws College for professionals working with young people with disabilities. Including sessions on a range of therapies and techniques for inclusive learning. To find out more about upcoming events contact:  or call: 01423 886451. More

Various April and May 2014
People First Education: Visual Interventions and Social Stories Day

30 April: Brighouse
1 May: Carlisle
16 May: Norwich

Visual and auditory social and behavioural strategies for learners with ASDs, ADHD and related conditions.  
£145 + VAT.
Contact for availability. For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

Various April to June 2014
People First Education: Dyslexia Day

29 April: Brighton
7 May: Sheffield
12 May: Bristol
13 May: Rougemont Hotel, Queen Street
12 June: Cheltenham

Effective inclusion of learners with dyslexia: A day course to enhance the literacy skills of learners with dyslexia.
£145 + VAT.
Contact for availability. For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

7 - 11 April 2014
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Three-day course also available.
£1195 professionals/parents
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

9 and 10 April 2014
Barry Bennett Spring Workshops

Reebok Stadium, Bolton

This event brings together key suppliers of assistive technology hardware and software and is ideal for those who support SEN students in secondary and higher education. Update your knowledge of assistive technology by choosing from a wide range of free seminars and hands-on workshops including, Texthelp, Claro, MindView and Dragon, and visit supplier stands in the exhibition hall. More

25 and 26 April 2014
The Nursery+Primary Show

Bournemouth International Centre
The South of England’s only event dedicated to EYFS, KS1 & KS2 care and education.  

Various May 2014
People First Education: ADHD Day

Effective inclusion of learners with ADHD: a day course to enable successful inclusion of learners with ADHD.
8 May: Yeadon
15 May: Grimsby
For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

2 May 2014
People First Education: Promoting Positive Behaviour Day

For learners with ADHD/ASD and related conditions
£145 + VAT
Contact for information and availability. For full details and booking online, click here or call 01427 667556.

8 and 22 May, 5 June 2014
NAS and University of Cumbria training: Introduction to working with individuals on the autism spectrum

Delivered over six weeks including three attendance days, this practice-based course, explores ways of working with people with autism in range of settings. More

16 and 17 May 2014
Learning Works 17th Annual SEND Residential Conference

Alexandra House, Swindon

Brand new and exciting structure for 2014. For SENCOs, LS coordinators and teachers working in independent and international schools.
Filling fast.
For full details and booking online, click here

17 May 2014
A Day with Dr Dan Hughes: The Relationship Experiences That Change Brains, Minds and Lives

10 - 5pm
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

19 - 23 May 2014
International Conference: Atypical Developmental Pathways

SEN Professionals are welcome at this prestigious international conference to be held at Great Ormond Street Hospital/UCL Institute of Child Health over five days in May. Also available to be viewed on-line until September, it will focus on children’s learning in a range of development-disorders. More

10 June
NAS conference: Understanding and managing challenging behaviour in people with autism

Presenting the latest research and best practice in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour in children and adults with autism. More

11 to 13 June 2014
NAS training: TEACCH 3-day course with Professor Gary Mesibov

Glasgow Caledonian University
This course includes the principles of TEACCH, learning styles of individuals with autism, and creating environments that promote independence and preparing children for a better quality of life as adults. More

13 - 14 June and 27 - 28 June 2014
The Autism Show

ExCeL London and EventCity Manchester

The Autism Show, sponsored by Hesley Group and Witherslack Group in association with The National Autistic Society, is the national event for autism. It is for the growing community of parents, carers and professionals who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Visit the event in London or Manchester to hear from leading professionals, researchers and high profile parents, discover 100s of specialist products and services, access free one-to-one specialist advice clinics, learn tried and tested strategies and approaches, interact with sensory features, be inspired by performances in Autism's Got Talent and listen to adults on the spectrum speak about what it means to live with the condition.
Adult day ticket £11 in advance/£16 on the door, concession day ticket £10 in advance/£15 on the door, group day ticket (ten or more) £9 in advance, children under 16 free of charge when accompanied by an adult. A booking fee of £1.50 applies. Book in advance and save 20% off your ticket price by visiting:

14 June 2014
The Art of Therapeutic Conversation with Children, Teenagers and Parent-Child Relationships

Conference with award-winning author Dr Margot Sunderland.
10 - 5pm
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

17 June
NAS conference: Autism and mental health

Learn tools and strategies to support young people in school environments with mental health difficulties, to avoid issues reaching a crisis point; includes combating bullying in schools. More

26 June 2014
Learning Works 6th National Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Conference
The Cumberland Hotel, London

This unique conference brings together the worlds of research, maths teaching and SEN expertise. You will hear three keynote speakers with an exclusive talk from Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University and author of bestselling Elephant in the Classroom, and be able to choose three workshops from 11 themes that will give you access to cutting edge research and opportunities to engage with leading practitioners and trainers.
For all teachers of numeracy and maths, SENCOs and learning support teachers, LA inclusion and numeracy support teams and educational psychologists.

For full details and booking online, click here

3 and 4 July 2014
engage in their future National Conference

Wyboston Lakes, Cambridge
An exceptional programme of speakers and workshops will be delivered around the theme of “Internet: World Class Education”. There will also be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues.
Visit: for further details.

5 July 2014
Life Story Work with Troubled Children and Teenagers
Conference with leading Life Story Work expert Richard Rose
10.00 - 4.30pm
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

8 July
NAS training: Sensory considerations

Increase your understanding of the potential sensory differences experienced by children with autism. More

11 September 2014
Kidz Scotland

The largest free UK exhibitions dedicated to children with disabilities and special needs, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. Source and test the latest products and services on the market. More

13 September 2014
I’m Deeply Unhappy…But Don’t Help Me! Reaching Out to Highly Defended Children (Age 5-18)

10.00 - 5.15pm
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

Magic Words
Prior's Court
Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Autism West Midlands
LVS Oxford
Learning Works
Centre for Child mental Health
TCES Group of Schools
Which School? for Special Needs
St Christopher's School Bristol
Seashell Trust
The Autism Show
Jordan Publishing
Nursery + Primary Show
The Autism Directory