This session will include a brief look at the theory of the importance of good working relationships in the school setting as well as some anecdotal examples. Previous conferences aimed at providing high quality learning opportunities for those in the role of teaching assistant have been extremely well-attended and received, attracting exceptional feedback and comments which have clearly articulated the usefulness of attending. This conference will once again provide a variety of workshop sessions aimed at increasing motivation and improving outcomes resulting from effective and powerful training. As before, the conference provides an excellent mix of workshop and keynote sessions, all led by experienced and accomplished professionals.
We are delighted to be welcoming for the first time Steve Harris and Adele Devine as our keynote speakers. Both speakers come from a background of working directly with children and have developed a wealth of experience in working with colleagues around the country. Steve Harris has spent most of his working life trying to work out how we can all best motivate children’s behaviour, learning and relationships. He has led many events across the East Midlands focusing on the vital role of the TA.. Steve will be exploring the importance of all relationships in schools, particularly those between TA and pupil. Steve’s training is, “inspirational, based upon proven techniques and includes practical, clear steps to lead to sustainability” and “has had a huge impact on staff and children alike! He is full of enthusiasm and his ideas, along with his commitment to improve wellbeing, are contagious and invaluable to staff at all levels”. (Nikki Prince, Farndon Fields Academy) Adele Devine is a practising teacher of children with severe learning difficulties. She describes her job as ‘the best job in the world’. She was co-founder of SEN Assist in 2010 and has produced multi-award-winning software and resources. Adele is an author of several books including, Colour coding for learners with Autism and Literacy for visual learners. Adele was a finalist in the Autism Professional awards in 2016 and is a regular speaker around the country. Adele will be pleased to share and discuss with conference colleagues her work on how visual supports can greatly improve the emotional journey of a child which in turn then improves interactions, communication, behaviours and change outcomes. She will focus on practical examples which are easy to apply and strategies for all colleagues working with pupils with Autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Downs Syndrome and well as other pupils without a diagnosis who may need a more individual approach