New for 2021!

With Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen

26 February 2021 12.45pm – 4pm

Why should I attend?

In order for effective learning to take place there has to be a connection between learner, the activity and the educator.  When working with people who have profound and multiple difficulties, the level of engagement has a direct impact on learning outcomes.  This seminar will consider key issues in establishing successful engagement and offer practical ideas to use in your own setting.


1.00 pm Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

1.05 pm Welcome & introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol. 

1.15 pm Warm-up session

1.25 pm Session 1:  First steps to success.

Knowing your learner especially their communication strategies and sensory preferences.  Are they ready to learn or is there a need to ‘awaken’ key senses before expecting engagement?

1.50 pm Follow-up Task 

Swap shop ideas!  Choose someone you have worked with and share a strategy that you have found works for them.

2.00 pm Session 2: Focus on vision

How do you work on stimulating visual responses?  Do you understand how to map field of vision effectively? How can you achieve this in both sensory rooms and non-specialist spaces?  How can you use video to capture sessions and facilitate follow up assessment/discussion?

2.25 pm Follow-up Chat Task 

Chat task – What are your top resources for visual stimulation that you currently use/have access to?  What would you like to add to your toolkit?

2.35 pm  COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 

3.15 pm Discussion and reflection on the mini online learning course

3.25 pm Session 3:  Theory to Practice  

How can you make effective use of vision to engage our learners in activities?  This session will move from theory to share with you a series of free, homemade and resources to purchase that will support your engagement with a range of students.  What should be in your visual toolkit?

3.45 pm Questions and Answers 

Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

3.55 pm Plenary

Reminder of continuing CPD activities/ future collaboration/ reflective practice/ further resources/ contact details.

4.00 Thank you and end of session!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with complex learning needs and/or autism.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you!  Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for.  This should go to  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £45 plus VAT per place

(£54 including VAT)