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Working in Schools Today - Specialist Support and Intervention

Trisha, our CPD Product Manager, discusses the additional support that children may require.

If you were to look at the organisational structure of a school 20 years ago and compare it to schools today you would notice a lot of changes. As the years have gone by the number of people working in schools has increased and new roles have been created that have never been there before (or not in the mass numbers they are now). Not only do schools require classroom teachers and general classroom support, they also require additional support and intervention specialists to work in partnership with the classroom teacher and students. The reasons for support vary from school to school and the individual students that make up that schools’ population.

In schools today, students may require behavioural support, mentoring, additional tuition in literacy and numeracy, help in preparing for SATS or exams, one to one support for students with English as an Additional Language and support due to a special educational need or disability to name a few areas of need.

In the DFE’s article, “Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics” which was first published in June 2014 and subsequently updated in March 2015, they stated that, “14.3% of pupils speak a first language known or believed to be other than English.”  This is a huge percentage of students across the country and exemplifies the need for specialised skills and experience from the staff that support them.  

Protocol Education has responded to this by establishing our Pupil Support Programmes which focus on common barriers to learning. Our programmes deliver specific support to pupils so they can access the full curriculum and reach their full potential.  

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But what if you are working in schools or are starting out your career in education and don’t feel as though you have enough experience, knowledge or training to fill these roles?

Protocol Education have put together a training programme that aims to support and develop our staff’s journey on their way to becoming a specialist in many of these areas. We offer interactive courses that are delivered in our offices or online and topical SEN Open Days where we invite speakers to come in and share their experience and expertise. Courses cover a range of topics including, Autism, Dyslexia, Literacy, Numeracy, EAL, Communication, Safeguarding and Child Protection and many more.

Our courses are delivered by Headteachers, Lead Teachers, former teachers, SEND Specialists and Educational Psychologists to name a few. The majority of our courses are offered for free and the rest are offered at a discounted rate to those working with Protocol Education.

Interested in learning more? Check out our full training programme by visiting our website and register for courses now! Not registered with Protocol Education?

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