As a residential special school for children and young people with physical disabilities, Valence is able to offer Outreach and training to colleagues in mainstream schools, nurseries and Early Years settings. This work has as its aim ensuring that all children and young people with physical disabilities who are placed in mainstream schools and settings are fully included in the teaching and learning in those establishments, and are given every opportunity to develop their independence.
Co-ordinated by one of the assistant head teachers at Valence, this training complements the role of the Specialist Teachers for PD, who work across the county providing bespoke support and advice for PD CYP through the LIFT process.
Examples of this training include:
The school also works in partnership with the Teacher Training departments of Canterbury Christchurch and Greenwich Universities, providing both taught sessions and seminars at the universities, and opportunities to spend a day at Valence (see Valence Training Days below).
Valence Training Days
Valence Training Days, or VTDs, are unique capacity-building experiences for professionals working either in education or related fields. A typical programme includes:
For mainstream school colleagues, the emphasis is on how the use of an adaptive curriculum, informed by a thorough knowledge of the skills and abilities of individual students, can translate into a mainstream context.
We encourage a reflective approach to professional practice, and, with the emphasis firmly on enabling independence, both for CYP, institutions and individual practitioners, we aim to support mainstream colleagues in achieving this key objective through our Outreach offer.
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