Workshops at the SEN Conference 2017


Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Conference - 30 August 2017 - Map  51.2 KB - Uploaded 29-08-2017


Session 1

Recording observations using the Quest for learning software

Andrew Douglas, CCEA

This session will introduce you to the recently updated Quest for learning software. You will be given a demonstration of its interface and features, and have the opportunity to sign your school up to use the software if you have not already done so. Your school will need to be signed up for Google Apps for Education if you wish to get the full value of this workshop.

Learning for Life and Work in the SLD classroom

Treasa Hawksford, CCEA

Treasa will give an overview of the Learning for Life and Work resources for severe learning difficulties that CCEA have available. She will also discuss their contribution to a sensory curriculum.

Drama in the SLD classroom

Brendan McAfee, Roddensvale School

Brendan has extensive experience in creating wonderful drama productions with his classes of learners with SLD. He will share with you some practical ideas for developing learners’ creative side.

Qualifications for learners with SEN

Teresa Robb, CCEA

Teresa will present an overview of CCEA's qualifications provision for learners with SEN including the new Entry level Life Skills which is available for first teaching from September 2017.

An introduction to ‘Shine’


'Shine' is based on a pre-existing highly effective, evidence-based programme All Stars 'Core'. This is designed to prevent or delay risky behaviour and is tailored for pupils who have mild to moderate learning difficulties,

Infant Mental Health

Deirdre McAliskey, National Children’s Bureau

The National Children’s Bureau will present details of research into infant mental health and link this to effective classroom strategies for teachers.

Deaf Awareness

Jordanstown School

This session will aim to make teachers aware of approaches they can use in the classroom with children who are deaf.

Session 2

An introduction to the new Q Skills recording software

Andrew Douglas, CCEA

This workshop will introduce you to the new Q Skills software. You will be given a demonstration of its interface and features, and have the opportunity to sign your school up to use the software. Your school will need to be signed up for Google Apps for Education if you wish to get the full value of this workshop.

"Never Say Can't" Art in the classroom

Wendy Davey, Killard School

Art methods and approaches in the classroom for post-primary pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

Creative Learning with Technology in SEN

Sarah Lawrence and Sharon Tosh from the Nerve, Creative Learning Centres

Over the last 12 years the Creative Learning Centres (AmmA Centre, Nerve Centre and Nerve Belfast) have supported a large number of schools and youth and community groups across Northern Ireland gaining knowledge and experience of working with children with a variety of additional needs.

This workshop will explore how the combination of a creative learning approach and the use of technology can positively impact on the teaching and learning of SEN pupils. It will also allow participants time to find out more about opportunities for support from the Creative Learning Centres as well explore some new creative technologies available.


Treasa Hawksford, CCEA

This workshop will assist school staff on identifying and supporting learners with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) with a particular focus on the issues of learners with severe learning difficulties.

Sensory impairment

Jordanstown School

This workshop will aim to provide the opportunity for teachers to

  • experience how children with visual impairment see the world;
  • the implications of this for the classroom; and
  • how some of these implications can be addressed.

Food for Life

Glynis Henderson, CCEA

As part of the Food in Schools Policy, the Food in Schools resources group provide support to all schools for the teaching of food and nutrition. In the workshop we will provide guidance on the policy, an introduction to available resources, the use of 'food@ my school' Fronter room in partnership with C2k and ideas for practical food activities.

Disablist bullying

Dr. Noel Purdy, Director of Research and Scholarship, Stranmillis University College, Belfast. Former Chair, NI Anti-Bullying Forum

This seminar will outline the nature and incidence of bullying in schools, with particular reference to children with special educational needs and disabilities. It will address the particular challenges involved for teachers, and will outline the likely implications of the Addressing Bullying in Schools (NI) Act 2016. Advice and guidance will be provided based on national and international research in this area.

Session 3

Music Therapy for children with special educational needs.

Emma Donnelly, Music Therapy Connections NI

Music therapy uses music as a tool for communication and expression. Making connections through music can have a positive impact on: - self-esteem - sense of identity - communication skills - social skills and physical development. If a child or adult is well equipped in these areas they are more likely to engage positively in their education.

Autism: Prepare, Capture and Engage

Lorna Fitzpatrick - Autism Trainer / Advisor, Middletown Centre for Autism

During this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • prepare the environment for learners with autism;
  • capture the attention of the learner; and
  • engage pupils in meaningful activities which develop skills.

Physical Activity for All

Mark George, Harberton School

This workshop will provide teachers with practical suggestions for including all learners in physical activity. It will look at sports that appeal to a range of interests and abilities.

Using sensory resources: can the expense make sense?

Gillian Beck, NASEN NI (President)

This session will be an introduction to the issues underlying sensory provision in an educational setting. The use of sensory resources and even sensory rooms is becoming ever more popular but are teachers confident not only of the how but the why of this kind of SEN provision?

Levels of Progression in Communication & Using Maths

Jennifer Robinson, CCEA

To look at end of Key Stage Statutory Assessment and in particular the lower levels (LoP) for Communication and Using Mathematics.

Mindfulness for learners with SEN

Viv Bannon, EnvisageNow Ltd

This workshop by EnvisageNow will demonstrate the benefits of using mindfulness strategies for learners with SEN. It will also look at some short practical activities for the classroom.

Preparation for Transition

National Children’s Bureau

Transition from school to adult services is always a difficult time for both learners and families. This workshop will look at suitable methods to prepare learners for transition. It will also share current examples of good practice.