There are 2 separate sessions (please indicate which you wish to attend)
Session 1: Focus on Leadership Issues (for school leaders)
Session 2: Focus on Practical tips and techniques for the classroom (for people working directly with pupils)
Why you should attend:
Autistic pupils and those with SEND are more likely to be excluded from school, and more likely to experience mental illness. Why is this the case? What is it about an autistic child that makes them more vulnerable, and what can we do as schools and as individual educators to learn skills that will stem the tide, and in doing so, benefit the wellbeing of ALL children in our schools?
In each interactive session you will learn:
Who Should Attend:
Head Teachers, SENCOs, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Local Authority SEN team members, and other educational professionals, CAMHS staff and people working with schools.
About the trainer, Sarah-Jane Critchley
Sarah-Jane is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing. She is the internationally recognised author of 'A Different Joy: the parents' guide to living better with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and more...', and ‘The Different Joy Planner’ and a contributing author to books on Girls and Autism to be published by Jessica Kingsley and Routledge in 2018 and has written for Charity Finance and ICSA. She is a keynote speaker and presented on autism education in China, Scotland, Italy and Greece. Her speaking clients include the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the TES, NASEN, Autism Europe and Babcock Education.
For over 10 years, Sarah-Jane was with the Autism Education Trust working with a range of stakeholders to improve educational provision for young people with autism and securing continuous funding from the UK Department for Education of £6m. She has been instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of a number of workforce development programmes including training that has reached over 180,000 education-based staff in England in 6 years. Sarah-Jane was an influential member of the Transforming Autism Education project adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the context and needs of professionals in Italy and Greece funded by the EU ERASMUS programme.
She designed and delivered marketing programmes and training in the management of key clients for the Construction Industry. She worked on the business plan and management buy-out for the privatisation of a facilities management company and subsequently implemented sales and marketing programmes for the new company. She has had extensive operational and facilities management experience including leadership of over 100 staff and an operational budget in excess of £17M. Sarah-Jane holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from City University. She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy) and a husband on the autism spectrum.