Welcome to Linwood Training, Support & Advice

Kate Tuck
LTSA Director
Kate Tuck LTSA Director

From September 2021, we will no longer be able to call ourselves Linwood Teaching School Alliance, due to changes in the structure of Teaching Schools.   We will be partners of the local Teaching School Hub which is held by The Quay School. The Hub will co-ordinate provision in these areas; Initial Teacher Training, Early Career Framework, National Professional Qualifications, Appropriate Body and wider CPD.   I am sure that Linwood will continue to play a strong part in future provision.

In preparation for this change, from the 19th April 2021 Linwood Teaching School Alliance will become Linwood Training, Support & Advice, reflecting the ways in which we link with our education community. We will still be able to offer Boost funded CPD to staff within BCP schools . We will keep you updated with future developments.

Evaluations: Continuing Professional and Leadership Development

Between September 2020 and Easter 2021 we delivered 37  online training events

We have evaluations from training sessions delivered through the Teaching School from 655 people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 100% of delegates stated that the training was relevant to them and their job role

In response to the question “how would you rate your knowledge prior to the training?”, 23% gave the answer good or very good.

In response to the question “how would you rate your knowledge after the training?, 94% gave the answer good or very good.

Testimonials from virtual training

  • I think the session was one of the best I’ve done so far!
  • I really valued the opportunity to talk with other participants in the break out rooms.
  • This was an excellent course and I would recommend it.
  • Really liked doing this on Zoom. There was still face to face interaction, opportunities to talk in small groups and also on- going chat that could be written rather than having to speak in front of lots of people! Thank you!
  • This was really interesting and very helpful. I am looking forward to sharing this with staff!
  • It will help to support develop the strategies to support mainstream colleagues with children who may have a Dyslexic profile.
  • I think this course was very informative, easy to understand and well delivered. I was very pleased to be able to attend this course.
  • I think the training was excellent. the trainer was was concise and relevant. I especially liked that she made sure she made it relevant to mainstream schools.
  • The training was full of brilliant information. It was a real eye opener.

Longer term impact evaluations received from the training;

  • I always recap what we learnt in previous lessons . I am now more aware of the importance of this. Reinforcement aids the student’s memory to help with their learning and ability to apply what they have learnt in other areas of the curriculum.
  • There have been lots of ideas that I have implemented such as quizzes, repeat learning and giving the children ownership of their success. These are starting to have a positive impact on their learning.
  • By implementing these strategies as suggested on the training I have seen marked progress in children’s retention of information.
  • Since the training was completed , staff have shown an increased awareness of the needs of children with ASD and are seeking to understand the underlying needs that children are trying to communicate, rather than focusing solely on the external behaviour.  All staff are more aware of traits that they notice in children who do not have an ASD diagnosis and are more sensitive to these needs.

BOOST – Bournemouth Outreach Offer: SEND Together

Linwood School and Tregonwell Academy in partnership

As a service we provide Universal SEND support to schools (Primary and Secondary) and specific support for individual pupils at SEN Support & EHCP Level. We work in a solution-focused way, providing advice and guidance to help pupils achieve their potential.

BOOST Leaflet
BOOST Overview
BOOST Partnership Principles
BOOST Partnership Vision
BOOST Referral Information
BOOST Request Form SEND Training
Form 1. BCP Outreach Application Form

Complaints Management

Led by Julie Taylor, J T Resolutions Ltd

2 workshops; 22nd April (virtual) and 24th June (either virtual or face-to-face)  – attendance at both required

Introduction to complaints management

This workshop raises awareness of the complaints policy including legal
requirements for schools and academies and DfE and ESFA expectations

Effective complaints management

This workshop increases understanding of complaints policies and procedure, the legislation and what it means for you in practice. The session focusses on the management of unreasonable complainants and provides opportunities to explore unreasonable complainants and their behaviours

Complaints Management

SEN Leadership Network – 27.5.21 Please book via workforcedevelopment – No charge to attend

For all School and Academy Leaders of SEND

These termly networks provide an opportunity for SENCos and other senior leaders from mainstream and special schools and colleges with responsibilities for vulnerable learners to meet, share ideas and hear the latest local, regional and national information and statutory requirements. There will be a focus on provision and outcomes for learners with special educational needs, disabilities and other vulnerabilities.

SEN leadership network flyer 27.5.21

Summer Term Head Teacher network

For all School and Academy Leaders

Monday 28th June 2021 1pm-3pm. Please book via www.bcpworkforcedevelopment.co.uk or email


Delivered virtually, no charge to attend.

This network will feature presentation/ discussions around the EEF report SEND in mainstream schools.


 Speech and Sound Production, Stammering, Primary School Talk, Secondary School Talk, Supporting Social Language Difficulties (Primary and Secondary workshops) and Selective Mutism   available to book now – all delivered by the Paediatric Speech and Language Service.

Supporting Social Language Difficulties Primary

Supporting Social Language Difficulties Secondary

Primary School Talk virtual May 2021

Selective Mutism June 2021

Secondary School Talk virtual 2021

The SHAPE CODING System – new date added for October 2021

We are delighted to be offering training from Dr Susan Ebbels from Moor House Research and Training Institute on The SHAPE CODING System.

Shape coding October 2021

“Get it right for SEN, get it right for all  ”  Delivered by Neil Mackay from Action Dyslexia Ltd.

We are delighted to be hosting Neil Mackay, once again, to deliver this day’s training which will provide delegates with solution focused approaches to address poor working memory, slow speed of processing, cognitive overload and mismatches between ability and achievement.

Get it right for SEN , get it right for all virtual November 2021

Current Programmes

School Direct – Train in Bournemouth to be a Primary Teacher

Looking towards a career in teaching?     Get in touch now!

Train to teach here! Applications for 2022 will open in October.

Read more…

School to School Support

How can we help you and your staff? Read more…

SENCO Accredidation

The National Award for SEN Coordination is a DfE approved post-graduate qualification for
teachers in the role of SENCO. Please click below to read more;-

SENCo Award information January 2020

Enc 6 SENCO flyer

Enc 7 SENCO Award Leaflet

SENCO Induction – Grow your own SENCO 2021-22 programme

Grow own SENCo flyer 2021 pub

Our own SENCO Induction programme suitable for new and future SENCOs in addition to those SENCOs wishing to update their knowledge. The programme consists of one date in the Autumn term and one date in the Spring term.

Autism Education Trust (AET) Training for Early Years settings and Schools – Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

AET Tier 1 Virtual May 2021

AET Tier 2 Extended June 21

AET Tier 2 Schools April & May virtual delivery

AET Tier 3 Schools May 2021 virtual delivery

AET EY Tier 2 March 21 virtual

We can offer AET Training as a whole school, or at our central events.  If you wish to arrange Tier 1 whole staff training (90 minutes) or Tier 2 whole staff training (all day), at your school,  please email jackiehorne@linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk .

Social Stories

Dr Siobhan Timmins has been writing Social Stories™ for 25 years and is a published author. She has more than a decade of experience in teaching social understanding in Autism to parents and professionals, delivering workshops in SOCIAL STORIES™ , as defined by Carol Gray, nationally and internationally. We are pleased that Siobhan will be delivering 2 training sessions for us, one for primary staff and one for secondary staff

Social Stories Primary

Social Stories Secondary


Delivered by Pyramid Education Consultants.

The SoSAFE! Programme is a visual teaching tool which enables learners to develop their abilities in managing; and communicating about their relationships. The program covers all degrees of interaction; from a student’s expectations of strangers, to the intricacies of an intimate relationship.

SoSAFE! moves away from making feelings based decisions so we can enable and empower our learners to make their own judgments about what is okay to do with specific people. SoSAFE! provides a format which is portable and easy to understand, meaning that any student can discuss their relationships at any time. By giving students a set of ‘rules’ for different relationships they are better placed to realise when a relationship may not be acceptable and then have the tools to report potential abuse.

So Safe 2021

Primary Maths network – 10th June 2021

Content that will be covered;

• Follow up by a subject leader on the previous session led by Katie Crozier on Numberlink Boards
• Wave 1,2 and 3 provision and in particular the role of Wave 1 provision in supporting children in committing knowledge to long term memory
• Development of key number facts to long term memory and the pedagogy involved
• Discussion of network content in 2021/22

Maths network 10.6.21

Primary English Network – Critical Literacy “Reading between the lines”.

Led by Sandy Stockwell, Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester

More than ever before, children are exposed to a vast array of texts, both in print and online, both written and visual. No text is neutral and children increasingly need to be able to recognise the Author’s intention and how this is achieved through text construction.This session will explore the thinking behind this together with  teaching strategies to enable children to become curious, engaged, active readers, able to use skills of inference, analysis and evaluation. No charge to attend.

Primary English flyer June 2021

Maximising the Practice of Teaching Assistants

Research indicates that quality feedback on learning and the development of metacognition skills can boost pupil attainment. This  Improving pupil independence course provides TAs with the skills to scaffold learning and help pupils become confident, independent learners.

Based on the acclaimed book, The TA’s Guide to Effective Interaction, this course introduces TAs to the  scaffolding framework, and provides practical strategies and reflective activities. The course is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants and other classroom support staff who support learning in all settings and at all stages.

This  MPTA programme  includes a 1½ hour pre-recorded  training for teachers, MPTA: What teachers need to know.

This 90 minute session provides teachers and leaders with essential information on how to plan for and deploy TAs in the classroom and ensure they can make full use of TAs’ new MPTA skills.

We are delighted to be working with the team at maximisingtas.co.uk

MPTA October 21

Removing Barriers workshops

We are pleased to facilitate the following workshops; The Dyslexia friendly classroom, Down Syndrome awareness, The 5 Point Scale, Sensory Differences, Supporting SEN students with Maths, Dyscalculia, Fine Motor Skills and Visual Perception.

Down syndrome virtual June 21

Removing Barriers – Sensory Differences 28.6.21

Fine motor skills and visual perception

Developmental Co-ordination disorder November 2021

Mission Statement: “We aim to provide a centre of excellence in which individuals are valued and encouraged to give of their best.”


We offer professional development and networking opportunities for SEND Leadership, Primary Maths and Primary English.

To book a place on any of our Networks, please visit the BCP Workforce Development website