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

1.05 pm Welcome & introduction – Warm-up session  

1.15 pm Session 1: Getting off to a good start.

Carol considers the importance of creating a smooth transition into the new term and how identifying how your learners may have changed quickly will have a postive impact on learning outcomes.

1.30 pm Session 2:  Gathering Baseline Sensory Information

Understanding the sensory abilities of your learners is key to delivering an appropriate and effective curriculum.

Richard will look at collecting this crucial information for  vision, hearing & touch.  This will offer a framework for your baseline information gathering.  One autism specific example and one complex learning needs example will be offered.

2.10 pm Session 3: Observation as a key strategy for gathering information.

We present a brief overview of key issues in successful observation strategies and then collectively we will try a practical example.

2.25 am COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 

3 pm Discussion of key points from online learning course 
3.15 pm Session 4: Working in partnership

This session will look at how to triangulating your gathered information with that from other sources i.e. parents/carers and other professionals.

3.30 pm Session 5 – Active profiling: storing, sharing and reviewing information

We share formats for active profiling and consider how these can be evaluated and reviewed. We ask:

How should we use this information?

How often should this be changed?

How and who do we share this with?

3.50 pm Q & A session 

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

4 pm Plenary, thank you and end of session!

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.)

18 March 2022 1pm – 4pm

with Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen

After periods out of school, our learners can demonstrate a different or altered skill set, especially in terms of communication, engagement and preferences.

Working through a different daily schedule at home will have influenced learner’s behaviours, so we need to observe closely and gain a snapshot of where and how they are operating now in order to target our learning activities effectively.

This session will provide you with a framework of key points and ideas to construct your own efficient and effective start to 2022.

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.


Each place costs £60 plus VAT (£72 in total.)



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: A digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.



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. Email to We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.

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Cost: £60 plus VAT per place

(£72 including VAT)