Out of School Equality and Inclusion Training, including supporting children with SEND:

KCC Early Years and Childcare have a range of training to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), in Out Of School provision.  These include:

  • Out Of School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Workshop:  This training will enable you to respond to your duties under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality of opportunity and make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children. Also to support you in responding to your anticipatory duty to ensure you are well prepared in advance to include children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).  This training will include current legislation and practice for supporting children with SEND in Out of School settings.

  • Inclusive Practice in Out Of School Settings workshop: This course will support you to place equality, diversity and British Values at the heart of your practice. It will also support you to give due regard to tackling instances of discrimination and will ensure that all families and children feel valued.


The following courses will help to support children’s communication and language and includes specific interventions that are an excellent use of Pupil Premium:

  • Makaton Workshop (2 day):  The Makaton Foundation Workshop provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach together with underpinning theory. The training is interactive and fun.  Lectures cover research into sign and symbol use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication. You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 of the Core Vocabulary, plus Additional Vocabulary.  

  • I Can Talk Boost (KS1):  Talk Boost KS1 is a targeted and evidence-based intervention programme, which supports children with delayed language in Reception and Key Stage One to make progress with their language and communication skills.  The programme is delivered in primary schools by classroom teachers and assistants and provides a structured programme that accelerates children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 18 months after a ten week intervention.   Due to be published on CPD online in July.

  • English as an Additional Language in the Early Years:  This training course will develop practitioner knowledge and understanding about how children learn English as an Additional Language.  Enable learners to gain skills to provide effective strategies to support this and explore what an effective and inclusive environment looks like to inspire and support children to reach their potential.

“(I have a) better understanding of how to work with children with EAL when they join the school environment.  Very informative expectations of how an EAL child will develop and learn English.” (The Wells Free School, Tunbridge Wells)


To discuss your Out Of School requirements, please contact the Threads of Success Coordinator, in the first instance, on threadsofsuccess@kent.gov.uk or on 03000 422 376.