Behaviour for Learning


Harnessing the Power of Nature to Remove Barriers
About this course

How are we dealing with increased levels of violence in schools?

Are we equipped to ensure children are working through their difficulties?

How can we support children with SEND to make good progress?

How can nature support curriculum and assessment requirements?

Across the country, primary schools are increasingly expected to retain and support children with complex learning and behavioural needs. Alongside their peers, inclusion can have many benefits but also produce many challenges. Ensuring we are able to meet learning, social and emotional needs means we are giving the children the skills to ensure they are equipped to learn. This course takes a look at how the outdoors can offer many solutions to the challenges we face. We take a look at the current use of outdoor spaces and how, with little cost and some organisation, children of all ages and abilities can move, interact, experiment and learn. Considering developmental needs of Children in Care, we also take a look at how the outdoors supports the ‘backfilling’ sensory needs, essential for brain development in an age-appropriate manner.

Course Outcomes:
  • Analyse current provision
  • Reflect on research and case studies
  • Explore current needs in school and appropriate support
  • Learn more about brain development and neglect
  • Understand the needs of key SEND categories
  • Plan for development and impact
Course Outline:
Session 1: Inclusion - What does this really mean?

Current figures and trends

Identifying the challenges

SEND categories

Child brain development – sensory and cognitive development

Session 2: Research and the Future

Are we helping or hindering?

Optimum use of resources

Funding and finances

Parents as partners

Session 3: Moving Forward for Impact ...

Analysing provision

Developing action plans

Establishing a team

Vision and continuity

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787