Please scroll down for current details of extended programmes of learning ( Level 3 and 4) , day and half day courses aimed at professionals ( with some relevant for parent/carers as well) and courses exclusively for parent/ carers.
Enquiries and Bookings for the following extended programmes of learning are being taken now:

OCN Credit4Learning Level 4 
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Educational Settings

Venue: Rosebrook Primary School, Rudyard Avenue, Stockton on Tees. TS19 9LF

Trainer: Marie Johnson

Investment Cost : £695 p.p. (no VAT), which includes light refreshments, certification, registration fees, marking and 9 taught workshops. An attendance only option is also available for £550 p.p.  ( no VAT).

Dates: 14/1/20; 4/2/20; 25/2/20; 17/3/20; 31/3/20; 21/4/20; 19/5/20; 9/6/20; 7/7/20

Time: 3.00 pm- 6.00pm

NB: People working at Level 4 will learn specialist or advanced knowledge and skills. Level 4 is aimed at technical or professional job roles, sometimes with supervisory or first line management elements. The qualification would be equivalent to BTEC Professional Diploma level. A holder of a Level 4 certificate can identify, adapt and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally well-defined. Holder can review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

  • This accredited course is aimed at all those that support children and young people in schools and is for practitioners who are currently working with children and adolescents in a school setting and who can demonstrate that they already have at least a Level 3 qualification in a related field of child-care/support/education.
  • The course is designed to enhance understanding of the commonly seen mental health and emotional difficulties that pupils may present with and how these may impact on learning. The content of the course includes analysis tools to help identify needs and strategies to help pupils’ access to educational opportunities.
  • As a Level 4 course, participants will be expected to produce word processed assignments following each workshop, a reflective journal, to show progression and document their thinking in relation to school based practice and to participate in group discussions and tasks.
  • Portfolios are to be submitted following the school summer holidays

 About the Trainer

Marie is a qualified teacher with 30 years’ experience of working in education and health at a senior level, as both a manager and practitioner. Marie’s experience includes managing complex needs teams for Children’s Services and CAMHS Teams. She has also been a SENDCo, Specialist Advisory teacher, trainer and consultant for schools, parents and voluntary organisations and a specialist clinician responsible for Autism assessments of children 0-18 years, within a health service setting.

Marie has a keen interest in helping professionals and parents understand the impact of emotional well-being on a child/young person’s access to education and their longer-term life chances. She is passionate about her subject and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others who share this passion.

Comments from some previous participants

“A fabulous course…very helpful tutor who was approachable and very knowledgeable.”

“Marie has been an amazing tutor! She has made a huge impact.”

“The course was delivered extremely well.”

If you have a query or want to book on to the programme of learning please fill in the form at the bottom of the page with your details and you will be emailed further information about the course/a booking form within 7 working days. Please be aware that these courses have limited places in order that we can maintain high standards of interaction and support for learners. Places fill up very quickly so please do not delay in making contact. If you do not hear back from us please check your spam/junk .

Day/half day courses 

Please check course learning outcomes to ensure your chosen course is relevant and appropriate for you.

If you are booking for someone else please ensure they are aware of all of the course expectations and learning outcomes so that it is relevant and appropriate for them.

All courses are based on:

  • The lived experiences and insights of autistic individuals
  • Evidence based research
  • Sarah’s professional and lived experience and practice as an educationalist with 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist settings primarily working with autistic children and young people and as a parent. For more details of her background please go to the ” About Sarah” page on the website.
  • All courses are aimed at those in educational settings but will also be informative to those from other professional settings and sometimes also parent/carers . Please check the course learning outcomes to see if it will be relevant for you.
Autism and Adolescence and Puberty

23rd January 2020  1- 4 p.m.   

Investment cost : £60 pp

Venue: The Bungalow Partnership, Rosewood Academy.The Garth. Coulby Newham. Middlesbrough. TS8 0UE

Trainer: Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please telephone: 01642 595363 or
email: thebungalowpartnership@gmail.com 

Refreshments provided

Suitable for T.A.’s /Teachers/Learning Mentors/Therapists in  mainstream/special/secondary/ primary key stage 2 and also Parents and Carers .  A basic knowledge of autism will be assumed however if this is not the case please access this link prior to attending the course https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

“ Invaluable for my setting and will really help me to have an understanding and lots of ideas for problems that come up all the time.”

  • Typical adolescence and puberty and its developmental function
  • Understanding this in the context of those who are autistic
  • Key issues with adolescence and puberty for those with autism and a range of strategies to support in educational and other settings
Autism in the Early Years

NEW DATE ! 12th March – 9.30a.m.- 3.30p.m. 

Investment cost : £100 pp

Venue :  The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough TS1 4RY.

Trainer: Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please telephone: 01642 595363 or
email: thebungalowpartnership@gmail.com 

Refreshments are provided but to keep costs to you to a minimum we ask that you bring your own lunch

 Suitable for staff in early years settings with no or limited knowledge of autism  e.g. T.A.’s / Nursery Nurses/Teachers/Childminders etc  in mainstream/special

“Thank you, Sarah, for your time, support and teaching, you have such passion it’s impossible to not get caught up it in and I’ve totally caught the bug”

  •  Being aware of and understanding the issues around early diagnosis and its importance and the distinguishing difficulties in young children with autism
  • Knowing and understanding some of the common characteristics, challenges and strengths as they present in young autistic children
  • Acquiring evidence-based strategies for support and progress in behaviour, learning, play and everyday life to enable optimal outcomes
  • Being aware of issues experienced by young children with autism and their families and methods to support them to provide optimal outcomes for all concerned
  • Opportunities to discuss issues which may be encountered in your setting
Autism and Understanding & Increasing Flexible Responses Using Structure and Visual Resources 

18 th June 2020 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. 

Investment cost : £100 pp

Venue :  The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough TS1 4RY.

Trainer: Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please telephone: 01642 595363 or
email: thebungalowpartnership@gmail.com 

Refreshments are provided but to keep costs to you to a minimum we ask that you bring your own lunch

Suitable for T.A.’s /Teachers/Learning Mentors/Therapists in  mainstream/special/secondary/ primary and  Parents and Carers and other autism professionals may also find it helpful. A basic knowledge of autism will be assumed however if this is not the case please access this link prior to attending the course https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

“I have learned so much about why autistic children can seem inflexible and that it is often “can’t” rather than “won’t” and now I have lots of tools to help with this issue”

  •  Know and understand the reasons behind inflexibility of response in autistic individuals
  • Be aware of a wide range of key structured and visual methods that can support autistic individuals being more flexible through understanding what is expected e.g. structured environments, schedules, social stories and other techniques
  • Opportunities to discuss issues which you may encounter, explore and plan key resources, have questions answered and share experiences with colleagues
 Whatever the time of  year we are always happy to take expressions of interest for future Level 3 or 4 Understanding and Applying Good Practice with People with Autism and also Mental Health and Wellbeing in Educational Settings programmes of learning. Please copy and paste this link into your browser to enquire https://shbassociates.co.uk/contact-us/