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Please see below for our available twilight sessions. Booking is through Eventbrite. The date of the course will link you to the booking platform. All twilight sessions are £20. 

Dates and booking link
What is Autism? This short twilight session will introduce you to the main characteristics and spectrum of autism, including the history and changes in thinking over time. We will consider the way in which the characteristics of Autism can impact learning and some of the basic strategies to support autistic learners.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2023 16:00-17:30

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 16:00-17:30

Autism - Routines and Structures

This short twilight will focus on understanding why routines and structures can be so important and how having the right environment and approach can have a significant impact on pupils being ready to learn.

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Thu, 7 Dec 2023 16:00-17:30

Thu, 7 Mar 2024 16:00-17:30

Autism and Behaviour This short twilight will focus on understanding some of the behaviours shown by autistic pupils and how a positive behaviour support approach alongside sensory integration can support autistic pupils to regulate their behaviour effectively.

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Thu. 11 Jan 2024 16:00-17:30

Thu. 18 Apr 2024 16:00-17:30

Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support

This twilight will give you a detailed introduction to Positive Behaviour Support. We will look into PBS as an evidence-based approach to supporting behaviour change. By the end of this twilight you will understand the research and rationale that makes PBS a universally accepted best-practice model and why the successful implementation of PBS is considered key to supporting behaviours that challenge from individuals with SEND.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2024 16:00-17:30

Wed, 8 May 2024 16:00-17:30


Implementing Positive Behaviour Support

As a follow-on from our introduction to Positive Behaviour Support this twilight focuses on giving you guidance and tools to support the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support within your setting or class. We will look at practical examples of PBS, specifically focussing on; proactive strategies to support behaviour change, environmental considerations, PBS plans, and developing a whole-team approach.

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 16:00-17:30

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 16:00-17:30

Understanding how sensory processing effects learning

This twilight will be focussing on sensory processing and its impact on the learning experiences of students with SEND. We will explore how sensory sensitivities and preferences can profoundly affect the education of our students. We will discuss practical strategies and tailored approaches and how these can support developing nurturing learning environments.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2024 16:00-17:30

Mon, 22 Apr 2024 16:00-17:30

Capable Learning Environments

Capable environments are environments that support students thrive and develop. In capable environments behaviours that challenge are less frequent and pupils are ready to learn. One of the foundation values of Positive Behaviour Support is the focus on fixing the environment around a person, not the person. Therefore, by adapting the environment we can support our young people to minimise behaviours that challenge and improve their quality of life. In order to promote positive and appropriate behaviour, the learning environment must be both supportive and functional. In this twilight we will be exploring ways to create capable environments and will look into the sensory considerations to maintain them.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 16:00-17:30

Mon, 11 Mar 2024 16:00-17:30

Trauma Informed Practice

This twilight aims to help you understand the definition of trauma, how trauma can impact a pupils emotional and physical wellbeing, and what we can do to create a supportive school environment that is trauma-informed. It will help you to develop a trauma-informed perspective that will guide your practice and interactions to with the aim of reducing the negative impact of trauma within school.

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Tue, 5 Dec 2023 16:00 - 17:30 

Tue, 19 Mar 2024 16:00 - 17:30

Wellbeing and Mental Health for pupils with SEND

Children’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and schools have a central role to play in enabling their pupils to be resilient and to support good mental health and wellbeing. This twilight aims to help you understand what Mental health and wellbeing is, how to support students with SEND to develop positive mental health and routes to refer students for more specialist support. 

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Thu, 18 Jan 2024 16:00 - 17:30

Thu, 9 May 2024 16:00 - 17:30


Diversity and SEND

This twilight will explore the ways in which we teach children with SEND about different areas of diversity. By the end of the twilight you will have an understanding of diversity within an SEND setting, the Briarwood approach for supporting diversity and confidence in having challenging conversations with students around diversity.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2024 16:00 - 17:30

Thu, 6 Jun 2024 16:00 - 17:30 

Phonics for pupils with SEND Pre-Phase


In this course you will learn about the pre-requisite skills underpinning phonics. We will focus on the core components underpinning these skills such as; spoken language, the ability to symbolise, metalinguistic awareness and early phonological skills. You will also learn more about total communication approaches, differentiating pre-phonics for a range of learning needs. We will look at the aspects within level 1 phonics and how these build the foundations for future communication and reading.

Course content

Spoken Language - Listening and responding, Rich language experiences,

The ability to symbolise - Total communication, Functional Literacy

Metalinguistic awareness - Interaction, Rich vocabulary

Early phonological awareness - Sound discrimination, Body percussion, Rhythm and rhyme, Alliteration, Voice sounds, Oral blending and segmenting.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2024 16:00 - 17:30


Phonics for pupils with SEND – Stages 1-5

In this course you will learn about the principles and structure of synthetic phonics. We will focus on stages 2 through to 6, reflecting on practice and phonics terminology. The course will also cover aspects of cognitive science and how we differentiate and approach phonics teaching for pupils with SEND. We will then reflect on how well our pupils use their phonetic knowledge functionally and develop a love of reading.

Course content

Synthetic Phonics - What is synthetic phonics?, Terminology, Outline of stages 2-6

Cognitive Science and Reading Programmes - Simple model of memory, Retaining knowledge over time, Cognitive overload, Building mental models, Reading fluency, Interventions

Reading comprehension and application - New vocabulary, Conceptual understanding, Functional reading, Enjoyment of reading

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 16:00 - 17:30

Developing a careers curriculum from the early years to Post 16

At Briarwood school, preparing our pupils for adulthood is in the main crux of everything we do. We feel strongly that pupils should be equipped with all those essential skills that will promote their independence and raise their confidence in themselves. Therefore, at Briarwood, as part of our holistic curriculum offer we offer career/employability experiences from early years up to Sixth form. This twilight session will be focussing on how this looks like in practice and the theory behind it but ultimately we want to ensure you feel confident and inspired to support your pupils acquire those essential tools that will help them thrive, regardless of the challenges they may face.

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:00 - 17:00



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