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Training and E-Learning

In Portsmouth City there are a number of training opportunities relating to SEND.

This section has been created to enable those working with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to develop their knowledge and expertise in SEND and to access local and national SEND training opportunities.

Click on one of the links below to find out more and access training dates.

SEND Training and Professional Development Opportunities in Portsmouth

The Neurodiversity Assessment Pathway Project - Dates now available


What is the Neurodiversity assessment pathway project?

Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Local Authority are working together with Portsmouth Parent Voice to produce a new assessment profile. It is designed for the universal workforce, in partnership with parents, in order to confidently describe the presentation and needs of children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences. It focuses on needs and support strategies. It is a way of profiling needs that does not rely on diagnosis alone; it is something which everyone understands and to which everyone can contribute.

We are asking you to join us in a multi-agency training to learn about the new profiling tool so that you can complete this profile with parents.

We are delivering this training remotely using Zoom and have split the training in to three shorter sessions instead of one whole day.

This is not a training session for beginners or experts!

Participants will already have:

  • An understanding of child development
  • Some understanding of neurodevelopmental differences
  • An understanding that nature and nurture have a role to play in child development and behaviour
  • A no-blame “restorative” approach to understanding the needs of children, young people and parents
  • A belief in the value of co-production with parents (“doing with not doing to”)

Following the training participants will:

  • Share your learning with other people in your setting
  • Feel confident to start the conversation with parents about neuro-diversity
  • Explain the approach to and complete the profile with parents
  • Provide ideas and strategies to support parents and children
  • Provide feedback for the research project
  • Promote the approach to others so we can increase understanding and support for children and young people with neuro-diverse profiles and build confidence and competence in your setting or team.

Dates are:

Thursday 13th May 2021

Friday 21st May 2021

Thursday 27th May 2021

10-12 noon


Please reply and return to Queralt Barrau at with your preferred choice.

There is no charge for attending the training. Joining details will be sent to you nearer the first training date.






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National Training Opportunities and Professional Development for those working in SEND

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) -Training Opportunities

NASEN Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL)

The most important in-school factors in improving outcomes are effective teaching, including from teaching assistants, teachers and early years practitioners, and strong leadership of SEND, from SENCOs, Headteachers, nursery managers, governors and trustees.

Nasen’s menu of Continuing Professional Development and Learning provides all professionals with the opportunity to learn, develop and improve, whether you are new to the profession, have many years of experience, or are a leader in education.

Nasen produce a termly training calendar too

Click on the link to visit NASEN’s professional development and training website.

Autism ( including Pathological Demand Avoidance - known as PDA)

Autism Hampshire E-learning – This module is aimed at everyone coming into regular contact with people on the spectrum and their families and it takes approximately 1 hour to complete, consisting of information slides and videos of experts by experience sharing their real life experiences. A certificate is provided for satisfactory completion of the module. The E-Learning is in line with the new Autism Core Capabilities Framework produced by Health Education England. Developing Understanding and Implementing Practical Approaches (

National Autistic Society Training Opportunities – Training and conferences (

Free introduction to PDA webinar from the PDA society – New Introduction to PDA webinar – PDA Society 

All PDA society training for 2021 – PDA Society 2021 online training – PDA Society



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Specific Learning Difficulties ( Such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)

Down Syndrome

Social, Emotional and Mental Health - Including Anxiety

Communication and Interaction

Physical Needs and Disabilities

Co-production - working with Parents, Carers and Young People

Special Educational Needs Law and understanding SEND duties

The role of health practitioners in implementing the Children and Families Act – This e-learning series has been created to support health practitioners and Clinical Commissioner Group understand the duties set out in the Children and Families Act and the implications.

Portsmouth Education Partnership



IPSEA offers independent legally based advice, support and training to help get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Click here to visit IPSEA
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Portsmouth Parent Voice

Helping parent carers of young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities to shape and improve local services

Click here to visit Portsmouth Parent Voice

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