(SEND) & Equality Act Training.
Family Action is a national organisation doing what it says, supporting families who find themselves in difficulty. One of the main threads of their work is supporting Early Years settings to become more welcoming of disabled children and their families.
Disability Awareness and it’s link to SEND
For people who don’t know me, I have a code of practice that means I will not deliver legislation training without a little bit of inclusion, disability awareness or disablism training first, I believe this gives a perspective from a disability equality point of view.
Why? Well I feel that some people and organisations will always find a way around legislation. If you really don’t want to make changes to policies, procedures and practices then you probably will not.
Legislation will not challenge your thinking. I believe that if you do the attitudinal shifting stuff alongside legislation, like the SEND reforms, people and organisations will make changes. This has to be a better starting point for all concerned.
Family Action is indeed in tune with my thinking; and so with this in mind I designed a day for them, focusing in the morning on Disability Awareness / inclusion training, in the afternoon SEND & Equality Act training.
As with all good training, modelling what you are delivering is critical, it’s known in the trade as ‘double loop’ learning (Chris Argy) Giving participants an experience that they want to simulate in their practice has to be a good way to learn. And by delivering Disability Awareness training first followed by SEND and Equality Act training I get the sense that participants understand why the need to change and more importantly believe in it too.
SEND and Equality Act training could be a very dry subject and could easily bore the pants off you! But it’s all about how you deliver the information, not by PowerPoint that’s for sure!
Instead, I provided the materials, the participants had the experience of carrying out of the SENCO role, put them together and what do you got! Yes people learning, sharing ideas and practice, laughing, making sense of pieces of paper, asking each other questions. And because they have experienced an attitudinal shift around Disability Awareness in the morning session, they were able to engage with the materials in a different way and they did.
On both these days Family Action received wonderful feedback about the course. The majority of participants were able to articulate what they had learnt, what had made them think and how they thought they could change their practice.
So thank you Family Action for the opportunity to work with you, I look forward to developing our relationship.