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Open courses

Alongside our commissioned training sessions, KCA also runs public seminars which are open for individuals to join. These offer the opportunity for professional development on specific topics from our core curriculum, and may be delivered in partnership with Virtual Schools, teaching schools or other stakeholder organisations.

Each day of training consists of two half-day seminars, with participants able to attend either or both. As part of our connected learning approach all participants receive access to KCA Online for structured e-learning that can encourage continued reflection and application to practice.

Each seminar links to a unit from our qualifications list, so successful completion of the course and associated e-learning can contribute to achieving a qualification by signing up for a further assessment process. You can see the relevant qualifications in the course detail below.

New for school leaders in 2018...

Mending Hurts Equipping your school to meet the needs of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people

Gloucestershire, 29 January 2019 · Gloucestershire, 5 March 2019

We have known for a long time that the children and young people who struggle most to achieve their educational potential are those who have experienced overwhelming toxic stress and whose needs in relation to recovery from this trauma are not being met. The designated teacher is in a unique position to lead the school's response to this challenge.

The DfE has now issued new guidance (Feb 2018) which has statutory force and changes the role and responsibilities of designated teachers in schools. This establishes a broad duty of care for looked after and previously looked after children. It specifically mandates role-relevant training, and requires the designated person to "understand the impact [of] trauma, attachment disorder and other mental health issues".

Our seminars will allow designated teachers, SENCOs and pastoral leads to develop their knowledge and practice, and ensure that they and their school are fully equipped to meet the new standards and the needs of these most vulnerable children.

Course detail

Half-day seminar: Vulnerability, trauma and recovery

Toxic levels of stress can injure our brains, changing the way we think, feel and behave until we have recovered from the injuries. This can happen to anyone. This seminar enables learners to understand key issues in working with the significant minority of children and young people who are living with brain injuries from which they have not yet recovered. It also provides opportunities to practise and develop skills in working effectively with trauma.

The KCA Level 4 e-learning course 'Vulnerability, Trauma and Recovery' is provided free for all participants. This e-learning provides the knowledge base from one unit of the two-unit Level 4 Customised Award 'Working with Vulnerable Children and Families'.

This course is relevant to: Designated Teachers | School staff

Half-day seminar: Secondary Trauma and Community Resilience

Trauma is catching! Anyone who works with traumatised children and young people may find at some point in their career that they are affected by secondary trauma. Through empathy the adult tunes in to the toxic stress that is the child's everyday experience, and from time to time this can be overwhelming. This seminar enables participants to understand key issues, and to practice and develop skills in preventing and dealing with secondary trauma.

The KCA Level 4 e-learning course 'Secondary Trauma and Community Resilience' is provided free for all participants. This e-learning provides the knowledge base from one unit of the two-unit Level 4 Customised Award 'Working with Vulnerable Children and Families'.

This course is relevant to: Designated Teachers | School staff

Dates, times and venues

We currently have courses scheduled at the following places and dates:

  • Gloucestershire, 29 January 2019
  • Gloucestershire, 5 March 2019

Morning seminars run from 10am to 12.30pm, with afternoon seminars from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Pricing

  • Single seminar- £100
  • Both seminars on a given day/venue - £150
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