Training Courses facilitated by HEADS 2017/18

HEADS run a range of training courses throughout the year aimed at parents/carers and professionals.

Please click here to download our Autumn 2017 Brochure

HEADS Faclitate a range of courses that include:

First Aid Training

First Aid at Work Training - 3 days (18 hours) Level 3 qualification

First Aid at Work Re-qualification - 2 days (12 hours) Level 2 Qualification

Paediatric First Aid at Work - 2 days (12 hours) Level 3 Qualification

Emergency First Aid at Work - 1 day (6 hours) Level 2 Qualification

A.E.D (Automated External Defibrillation)/CPR Training (2-4 hours) Level 2 Qualification

Appointed Person's Training - 3 hour course

Fun First Aid for children - available on demand for schools

All courses are accredited via Qualsafe Awards and are regulated by OFQUAL.


Details of our current programme can be found in this section, as well as further details for all the courses we are offering this year. Please see our training portfolio displayed in our menu bar on the left hand side of this page. Please see below the range of courses on offer:

First Aid Training

HEADS in partnership with Delta Training provide a range of First Aid qualifications which include:

First Aid at Work Training - 3 days (18 hours) Level 3 qualification

First Aid at Work Re-qualification - 2 days (12 hours) Level 2 Qualification

Paediatric First Aid at Work - 2 days (12 hours) Level 2 Qualification (Level 3 from September 2014)

Activity First Aid - 2 days - (12 hours) Level 2 Qualification

Emergency First Aid at Work - 1 day (6 hours) Level 2 Qualification

A.E.D (Automated External Defibrillation)/CPR Training (2-4 hours) Level 2 Qualification

All courses are accredited via Qualsafe Awards and are regulated by OFQUAL.

Rebound Therapy for SEN

Rebound Therapy for SEN - One Awards Level 2 - two day course

This specialist two day course has inspired Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Parents to work confidently with a range of learners on a trampoline. Rebound Therapy describes the therapuetic use of trampolines to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of special needs. These include participants who may have profound and complex learning difficulties, severe and moderate learning difficulties, asd and motor coordination difficulties, dual sensory impairments or sensory processing difficulties.

Rebound Therapy for SEN Refresher - one day course

This one day Rebound Therapy Refresher Course is for delegates who have already completed a two day accredited course. The aims of the course are: to audit and respond to the training and development needs of delegates, to problem solve, to inspire, to work through ideas and activities, to build your confidence and to support your planning and roll out of Rebound Therapy techniques.

Health and Welfare Training courses:

HEADS facilitate a range of courses which include:

Moving and Handling

Award in Food Safety

Health and Safety

Risk Assessment Training


Infection Control

Fire Training

Fire Safety - 1.5 hour course - ideal for staff twilight sessions

This course is ideal for staff in any workplace including school, office’s, factories, residential establishments, home carers etc. The course covers generic topics that will help to safeguard adults and children in your setting and will give you the knowledge of how to manage potential risks.

The course content includes:

  • Basic Principals of Combustion
  • Common Causes of Fire
  • Principals of Fire Prevention
  • Selection and use of Fire Extinguishers
  • Action on Discovering a Fire
  • Evacuation Drills
  • Checking of Emergency Fire Exits

Fire Marshall Training - half day course

This course is suitable for:

  • those who are responsible for overseeing fire safety
  • designated fire marshals
  • anyone who needs to know how to use a fire extinguisher.

What you will learn:

The course will present an understanding of fire regulations and general fire precautions. It aims to provide you with the knowledge to be become a fire marshal.
Course content:

  • Action on discovering a fire
  • Common causes of fire
  • Fire drills and evacuation 
  • Fire safety legislation 
  • Fire safety precautions
  • The chemistry of fire
  • The role of fire marshal
  • Using fire extinguishers

Behaviour Support Training - half day course

Behaviour Support Workshops

The half day awareness raising workshops highlight the factors underlying inappropriate behaviour and suggest strategies to promote positive behaviour in youngsters with a range of special educational needs. These courses are aimed at Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, Care Workers, Early Years Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists.


Specialist Physical Education for young people with additional needs

Dance and Creativity - Sensory Dance

This practical course will help you to develop dance for pupils of all ages with complex needs. The Course will have a sensory focus and will develop ideas from the Elements Course. The course will also include examples of the planning and processes involved in introducing age appropriate dance for pupils with severe and multiple disabilities. This course is aimed at Teachers, Teaching Assistnats, Sports Leaders and volunteers.

Element Sports Course

The Elements course has been specifically developed to meet the sensory needs of young people with profound multiple disabilities. Delivered by a very experienced and skilled practitioner, Anne Cradock, the course is based around themes of 'Earth', 'Air', 'Water' and 'Fire'.

Disability Sports, another strategy to support inclusion within and beyond the curriculum

This course is designed to support teachers and teaching assistants working in primary, secondary and special schools who teach physical education and sport to pupils with a learning, sensory or physical disability.

Designed to increase participation within and beyond the Curriculum and in the case of Boccia and Goalball, provide a Paralympic Pathway. These games and activities can be enjoyed by all, support activity, participation and competition for all.

There will be opportunity to play the games and create and enjoy fun activities which develop the skills needed to play the games. These will include: Boccia, Goalball, Floor Lacrosse, New Age Kurling, Slalom (Manual and Power) Table Cricket, Teeball, Polybat and Zone Hockey. Other aiming activities will be explored.

There will be opportunity to share your own practice and discover how you can enhance your Physical Education and Activity programme. Also to explore Regional, national and International opportunities for disabled children and young people as participants, leaders, officials and volunteers

P.E for ASD

This one day course explores how young people with ASD can experience high quality P.E. and what pedagogical approaches can be developed and adopted by Teachers, Learning Support Assistants and other practitioners to increase the quality of their delivery. The course content has been drawn from good practice in special and mainstream schools from primary through to further education settings.

Aquatics Training (Hydrotherapy)

Hydrotherapy Pool Training

This one day course is an ideal opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience, training, advice and support on a number of different elements of Hydrotherapy Pool activities. The course will involve theoretical elements of 'hydro-play' activities combined with practical experience. The course is aimed at Teachers and Teaching Assistants in primary and secondary special education, but open to all interested parties. The course will provide opportunity for fun, games and activities which will extend children’s experience in the water.

Outdoor Learning

'Come Outside'

This practical course will help you to look again at your outdoor education spaces. The course will show you how some creative schools use their spaces during lessons, lunch times and out of school activities. Delegates will be given opportunities to look at planning to enhance the use of outdoor learning spaces.

Therapeutic Support

Complementary Therapy Approaches for Service Users and their Family

This one day course looks at how 'Complementary Therapies' can help people to manage stress, sleep problems and pain, and how to promote calmness in service users and their families.

The course will cover:

  • How complementary therapies can be used in a person centred and holistic approach to help manage stress, sleep problems, pain management and to promote calmness to service users and their families
  • An introduction to a number of complementary therapies which can be used by everyone
  • Learning how to give a hand and foot massage, and how to instruct others to use these techniques
  • Learning a number of relaxation techniques, and how to instruct others
  • Discovering how these approaches have been used to help people with stress, anxiety, sleep problems, and pain problems

TACPAC Training

Hadrian Education and Development Services are working in collaboration with TACPAC who are a specialist organisation that deliver Sensory Alignment training nationally. This 1 day training course is aimed at Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Care Workers, Child Development Centres, Communication Workers, Speech Therapists and Health Workers.

Sensory Massage - Massage Techniques Touch, Teach and Talk

This one day course is aimed at Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, Care Workers and Early Years Practitioners who would like to gain an additional skill in using massage within their practice.

This workshop is designed to improve understanding and awareness of the importance of touch and how touch can have a positive, stimulating and nurturing effect on us. It will help you develop skills and understanding of the massage techniques from both ‘Story massage’ and ‘IAIMS Infant massage’ and will allow everyone to experience the techniques through a practical environment.

This course will explore how massage can benefit everyone and how it is fully inclusive regardless of age or ability. The course will discuss adult/child and peer massage and you will begin to recognise how these techniques can be used for the child(ren) that you have contact with. The course will help to assist learning when used as an everyday tool, improve bonding and trust, help to recognise preference, improve social interaction, relieve stress and anxiety levels and assist with sleep patterns.

The course is led by Cherri Bray-Bowden who has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families and is now a Massage Instructor who facilitates sessions and training within family homes, schools and charity settings.

Mental Health Training

Mental Health Awareness - half day course

This course is aimed at any professionals, parents, carers and support workers working with people with mental health needs. The course will cover:

  • Exploring the term Mental Health and Mental Illness, how they relate to individuals, and the concept of recovery
  • Understanding how stress affects Mental Health
  • Exploring how stigma affects Mental Health
  • Gaining a greater knowledge of the signs, symptoms, risk factors and recommended treatments for depression and anxiety disorders
  • Identifying a positive coping strategy to support their own mental health

Youth Mental Health First Aid - 2 day course - endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England

The content that will be covered as part of the training includes:
England’s Child Health Care Policy

  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common youth mental disorders
  • Preventing mental health problems
  • Promoting well-being and protective factors
  • The Youth MHFA Action Plan

Anxiety & Depression

  • What are anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Treatment and resources


  • The facts about suicide
  • Possible warning signs
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour


  • What is psychosis
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Action planning for using MHFA
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources

Self-harm, substance misuse and eating disorders:

  • What is it
  • Why is it important
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Action Planning using MHFA

Confident Parenting / Support for Parents/Carers

Confident Parenting for Professionals

This one day course is for Professionals, including Teachers, Social Workers, Educational and Clinical Psychologists, who work with parents of children with special educational needs.

Based upon the award winning Confident Parenting Handbook and DVD (available to purchase now) this course will train practitioners in the successful delivery of parental workshops, to empower parents of youngsters with learning difficulties to confidently manage their child. The handbook and DVD is a result of innovative, specialist work, which has helped well over a hundred and fifty families come to terms with their child’s additional needs, behavioural difficulties, sleep problems and acceptance of their child’s learning disability.

Confident Parenting for Parents and Carers

Our 'Confident Parenting' workshops run to support families and to give parents/carers an opportunity to meet informally with professional guidance to overcome issues around managing their child’s behaviour. Details of future workshops can be accessed by clicking the hyperlink (Confident Parenting for Parents and Carers)

Newcastle Local Authority Parental Support Groups

During the Autumn term 2014 Newcastle Local Authority are running a range of parental support groups accessible by all Newcastle families. Please click on the link above to find out further information.

Creative Arts/Drama

Enriching the Primary Curriculum through Drama

A practical course demonstrating the use of drama techniques to motivate, engage and challenge children across the primary age range. You will learn how to structure drama experiences to develop oracy as well as to stimulate writing and develop thinking skills. The course will leave you with a repertoire of drama techniques and strategies that work in the primary classroom.

Educational Courses for young people with additional needs

An Introduction to Autism

This one day course will help learners understand more about people with Autism. The course will cover:

  • An understanding of what Autism is
  • An understanding of how Autism can affect individuals and their families
  • Understanding a person centred approach
  • Considering possible causes, and common features of Autism
  • Learning about other conditions people with Autism may have
  • Considering the emotional and behavioural issues

Makaton for Professionals

Makaton is a signing vocabulary and language programme used with children and adults with language and learning difficulties. It is used by families, carers, educators, support staff and a growing network of people. It helps people understand and gives a language system to individuals without speech, so that they can learn to communicate.
It is a simple system that is fun and easy to learn and has signs that are useful straight away.

Attention Defecit, Hyperactivity Disorders

Some suggest that ADHD may affect up to 5% of the school population, yet it is a much misunderstood condition that often attracts negative and unhelpful responses. This course seeks to address the balance and offer real and lasting solutions that will benefit pupils, staff and families.

Course content:

  • What is ADHD
  • How it may present itself in the class
  • The likely learning and behavioural consequences of having ADHD
  • The medication issue
  • The effects on other children in the class and in the home.
  • Taking a positive slant
  • Practical strategies for dealing with ADHD
  • Case studies and potential solutions to problems presented by children who are
  • known to the course participants

Developing problem solving skills in the special needs classroom

Currently tucked away as a small part of Maths, metacognition – thinking about thinking is attracting considerable interest in academic circles and is a major force behind such recent initiatives as the Rose Report. Clearly however, and by definition, those with severe learning difficulties will have extreme difficulties in thinking and problem solving.

This day is set up to establish why that is so and even more importantly, what we might do about it. It is a mixture of whole and small group discussion, exchanging ideas, looking at practical activities, and bringing thinking and problem solving planning into our everyday teaching.

Course content:

  • How children learn
  • How children with learning difficulties learn
  • How thinking comes into learning
  • Current thinking about thinking – what are QCDA and the DCSF saying about it
  • The corrosive effect of learned helplessness
  • The difficulties in thinking and problem solving for those with learning difficulties and the strategies that we will be able to teach.

Assessing pupil progress and target setting for those working within the P Scales

Those who work with pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties will recognise the dilemma between knowing that most will make progress over each key stage and proving such progress. This day is about finding and celebrating ways in which pupils who are working within P Scales and the lower reaches of the Level Indicators actually do make progress, and (most importantly) convincing Ofsted and the other powers that be, that these are legitimate indicators of attainment.

Course content:

  • Looking at current assessment tools, including P Scales,  the reasons for assessment
  • The principles of assessment
  • Exploring what we have to teach and how we have to teach it
  • Questioning how we assess progress for those who do not necessarily succeed within the academic model
  • Looking at pupils who are likely to struggle academically; appear to plateau and make no progress for long periods of time; who are stuck in the lower Level indicators or P Scales; who have ‘spiky’ profiles; who may not make progress through linear development.
  • Looking at alternative teaching and learning models
  • Exploring ideas for qualitative and quantitative assessment and progression outside of P scales.

Accredited Training

Supporting Teaching and Learning in School NVQ Level 2 - City and Guilds

This NVQ course accredited by City and Guilds 'Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools' covers a wide range of skills to meet the support needs of school pupils - in primary, secondary or special needs schools.
Achieving the NVQ demonstrates how well you work and your skills relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning.
An NVQ in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is for anyone currently working as a Teaching Assistant in any type of school. The NVQ would also suit those who provide midday and cover supervision, pastoral, bilingual and subject support, or special educational needs and additional support.

Rebound Therapy for SEN - One Awards Level 2

This specialist two day course has inspired Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Parents to work confidently with a range of learners on a trampoline. Rebound Therapy describes the therapuetic use of trampolines to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of special needs. These include participants who may have profound and complex learning difficulties, severe and moderate learning difficulties, asd and motor coordination difficulties, dual sensory impairments or sensory processing difficulties.

Minibus Training

Minibus Driver Awareness Training

This half day Mini-Bus Driver Awareness Training will take delegates through a practical and theoretical assessment. The course will also cover using a tail lift and securing wheel chairs and buggies inside the mini-bus if the delegates request this. The course is a pass or fail course, and on successful completion of the course delegates will receive a certificate of competency to safely drive a mini-bus.

The entry requirement for this course is that all candidates must hold a full clean UK driving license and have held it for more than 2 years. You must be over 21 years of age.
You will be required to bring your own mini-bus to the training. If this is not possible you can use Hadrian School's mini-bus but only if you work for Newcastle City Council and operate under the Passenger Carrying Vehicle Entitlement (section 19 permit).


Distance learning

Distance Learning Training - Foundation Level Qualification in Person Centered Approaches

HEADS in partnership with ICAN will be offering a distance learning training course from Spring 2015.

The course will have one mandatory unit – ‘Using Person Centered Approaches’ with the choice of three optional units depending on the group of service users you work with:

  • Introduction to Epilepsy  
  • Introduction to Understanding Challenging Behaviour                              
  • Introduction to Learning Disabilities                 
  • Introduction to Physical Disabilities                  
  • Introduction to Mental Health Problems          
  • Introduction to Managing stress for carers      
  • Introduction to using Complimentary Therapies
  • Introduction to Autism
  • Introduction to Sensory Loss
  • Introduction to Dementia

Candidates will have the option to complete additional units at a cost of £75.00 per unit. Alternatively learners can complete the units stand alone at £75.00 per unit. All of the work will be completed, evaluated and accredited online to suit the candidate’s timescales and circumstances







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