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Joint Professional Development

The schools in the Shanidar TSA collaborate on workforce development to promote high standards of teaching and quality care.

Bradford SENCO Qualification

Shanidar TSA are working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to provide a Bradford based SENCO qualification.

This part-time 12 month course is quality assured by the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) and is a member of the NASEN providers group nationally.

As part of the course, there will be face-to-face teaching and support from experienced professionals and previous SENCOs, plus up to ten teaching/turtorial/study days which will be based in Bradford.

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School-based practical training

In response to training priorities identified in our June 2018 SEND survey, which was completed by 45 Bradford SENCOs, we have put together a programme of courses for the academic year 2018/19.

This programme of school-based courses will be delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and Local Leaders of Education (LLE) who are expert and current practitioners working in mainstream and special schools.

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Moving and Handling network 

This includes a network of moving and handling Key Trainers, quality assurance and school support meetings provided by LPS training. LPS Training and Consultancy Ltd is contracted annually to provide: advice on manual handling policy, an annual programme of refresher training for staff, courses for new Key Trainers, facilitation of the Key Trainers network and quality assurance visits to each school.

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Team Teach network 

Our Team Teach accredited senior leaders meet to ensure that schools are up to date with the latest requirements of law and to discuss any strategic or authority wide issues linked to our agreed Care and Control policy.

It also includes a network of Team Teach tutors who meet regularly to discuss any more specific issues, to receive updates and to ensure that tutors have a support network. This ensures that we deliver training for staff across our partner schools in behaviour management techniques.  For further information contact Hannah Copeland >>

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Common Training Day

One day each year is set aside for a full programme of collaborative training events in which all of the special schools participate.  We invite a variety of external training providers to deliver training on SEN subject areas to increase the knowledge and expertise of our staff across the District.

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NQT network 

The DAP launched its own induction programme specifically for NQTs in special schools. This delivers a programme of training set across different special school venues throughout the year to provide specific training in a range of areas including behaviour management, communication as well as curriculum topics.

Leadership Development 

Working with Carnegie Leaders we offer SEND input to nationally recognised leadership programmes (NPQML and NPQSL) to emerging and senior leaders. 

For further details and the application form, please contact Debbie Rose on or ring 0113 812 6129.