No Ticks - No Boxes Forum - 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2017
‘No Ticks - No Boxes’
Outstanding Practice in the Education of SLD/PMLD Learners
Led by Flo Longhorn with more than 15 Presenters
to be held at Swiss Cottage School Conference Centre, Central London
30 November and 1 December 2017
Presentation topics so far ...
- A wandering minstrel with a squeeze box
- Bio behaviours
- Child/student centred approaches - whole school development
- Engagement - new perspectives
- Equals SLD/PMLD semi-formal curriculum
- Experiential playfulness with elephants’ trunks and paper plates
- Happiness and Life Satisfaction for the very special person
- How do I know what I am feeling? Interoception
- Immersive environments
- Lilli Nielsen’s legacy - active learning, little rooms, resonance boards
- Meaningful observations
- No boxes, no ticks?
- Outstanding school approaches from Chailey Heritage, Woodlands and Ashfield
- Personalised assessment, personalised curricula - a whole school approach
- Social justice and people with SLD/PMLD
- Resonance boards - calling and responding
- Schematic learning - supporting early development of repeated behaviours
- Sensing the world around and forming secure attachments
- The brain, neurology, sounds and music
- Sensory science story of a star
- ‘Teaching the unteachable: managing the unmanageable’- one school’s approach
Presenters so far ...
Andrew Colley, Special Education Lecturer, University of East London
Becky Lyddon, Founder Sensory Spectacle, London
Ellen Croft, PMLD Curriculum Leader, Ashfield Academy, Leicester
Flo Longhorn, Principal Consultant in Special/Multisensory Education, Belgium
Helen Lane, Neurologic Music Therapist, Woodlands School, London
Dr James Galpin, Developmental Psychologist, The Bridge School, London
Joanna Grace, Author, Trainer and Founder of the Sensory Project, Cornwall
Jane Thistlethwaite (N.Z.), Teaching Fellow, Birmingham University
Keith Park, Independent Special Interactions Consultant, London
Les Staves, Very Special Maths Consultant, Leeds
Dr Maria Robinson, Early Years Author, Bedfordshire
Peter Imray, Special Educational Training and Advice, Bedfordshire
Phil Martin, Retired Special School Headteacher, Routes for Learning Wales
Sarah Hall, Founder Willows Sensory Service, Birmingham
Simon Yates and team, Chailey Heritage School, East Sussex
Spotlight on the work of Dr Lilli Nielsen in active learning, Denmark
The full two-day programme will be published here closer to the time of the Forum.
Special Event in honour of Penny Lacey - 13 May 2017
Special Event at Univ. of Birmingham in honour of Penny Lacey - 13 May 2017
Scruffy Targets, Meaningful Outcomes, Inspiring Legacy - Celebrating the life and work of Dr Penny Lacey
Location: School of Education (Building R19), The Vaughan Jeffreys Lecture Theatre
Date: Saturday 13 May 2017 (14:00-18:00)
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham is hosting an event to celebrate life and work of Dr Penny Lacey. You are invited to this open event to celebrate Penny’s remarkable contribution to the field of education, and in particular the education of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
A Tribute to Penny Lacey
Penny Lacey - My Tribute
Penny's spirit is the spirit of humankind. It is still with us, and will remain in the ongoing influence of her achievements, and what she inspired in us. She always strove to open minds.
For our special children, she knew the reality of the barriers that their conditions presented. She was a force in eroding the inhibitions of medical models that saw only disability. She was truly an educationist and taught us to seek to find ABILITY and nurture it. There was an underlying humour in this lady from the university. Who else could have humanised the dry processes of 'target setting' as she did with the subversive idea of 'scruffy targets'!
She sought to encourage us to give our children great experiences and see them blossom. It was her mission to overcome barriers by gentle means. Her influence was contributory in enabling Keith Park to grasp the opportunity for our special children to participate in performing the bible stories in the awesome environment of Westminster Abbey. Awesome is the right word, for in that place words soar with the sounds and echoes, creating an experience where sensory meets spirit. But when the humour she loved in Keith's work also comes into play, spirituality overflows into joy.
It has been my privilege to participate with those people – children, parents, teachers and just passers-by. My privilege to hear them chant and raise their hands together, one of the songs we chanted included the words:
Love is the key
But where is the door?
The work of Penny Lacey helped many people “turn the lock and open the door”.
So, I am sorry that when this special event takes place I will not be there to share it with you. But I would like to send you some entertainment in the form of a video of an improvised counting session that I did un-planned on the floor in the school that Penny loved at Castlewood. I hope you enjoy it, because on it I believe you can see it was easy for me, even as a stranger, because her children have been taught to enjoy learning - what better tribute could there be to her philosophy .
All the best from Les Staves
Swiss Cottage School directions
Swiss Cottage School Conference Centre Venue Information
Swiss Cottage School
80 Avenue Road
Phone: 020 7681 8080
The Conference Centre is on the top floor of the school building, with full lift access.
The school is next door to the new UCL Academy on the corner of Adelaide/Avenue Road.
Nearest underground station: Swiss Cottage, come out of exit one and turn left on to Avenue Road.
Nearest overground station: South Hampstead
Bus services: 46, 113, 13, 187, 268, 603, N113 and N13
Important travel information
Full travel and transport information can be downloaded here - How to find us: [http://swisscottage.camden.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/How-to-find-Us.pdf].
A Google map is available here - https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=51.553888,-0.134462&z=12&t=m&hl=en&gl=US&mapclient=embed&q=80%20Avenue%20Road%20London%20NW8%206HX%20UK.
Please note there is NO PARKING ON SITE and very limited parking in the surrounding area, so we strongly advise you do not drive.
Our school has full disabled access and facilities. Please notify reception if you require any support during your visit.
Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary 2018 Tour Update
Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary Tour
from The Sensory Projects
The event starts at 0930h on each day.
Everyone is welcome on these days but they are particularly suitable for:
- People who support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
- People who are looking to use sensory communication with individuals in the later stages of dementia.
- People who work with babies and children in the early years looking to develop their sensory practice.
- Creative individuals looking to develop sensory works to engage with sensory communicators.
- People who work in special schools or run groups that support students from special schools.
- People with a particular interest in sensory literacy.
Feedback from Sensory Lexiconary delegates 2017
Delegates on Lexiconaries so far have included: parents, foster carers, teachers from special and mainstream settings, portage workers, speech and language therapists, CAMHs team members, artists and actors, support workers, staff from hospital education teams, children's hospice practitioners, staff from dementia care settings, people supporting refugees and victims of trauma, people who support babies in the first months of life, staff members from CICs looking to support inclusion in society, social researchers, family members and more. I look forward to welcoming new diverse delegates in the future.