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Teaching in a Special Needs Setting: Communication in Complexity

Teaching in a special school – or provision in mainstream – adds extra complexity to the job of teaching.  This short on-demand course will help you understand the skills required to successfully work with multiple external agencies, for the benefits of your pupils.

  • How to get the best from professionals outside of your school
  • Challenge whilst maintaining working relationships
  • Pupils at the heart – driving improvements through understanding pupil needs
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

At every special school, the needs of children are varied, complex and individualised.  This means we need to work with a much wider range of individuals and professionals than you might find in a mainstream setting.  Through our experiences with a wide range of special schools – and special provisions within mainstream schools – we know that our leadership and communication approaches can support you in getting the best from your pupils, without compromising on standards or expectations.

This short course shares several of our strategies for working with complex teams in, and beyond, your school setting.  We will look at:

  • A range of forms of communication – and their best uses
  • Active listening as a leader to ensure clarity of communication
  • Planning your challenge – and how to have ‘difficult conversations’
  • Clarifying your expectations to help you bring the best for pupils.



This course is appropriate for special schools.

  • Special School Subject and Middle Leaders
  • Special School Class teachers and TAs
  • All age ranges



If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • Face-to-face at COVID-secure venues across England on the dates below. Please click here to see our COVID-19 update.
  • Via livestream on the dates below - accessible from home, from your school, or anywhere with an interconnected device.
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

Like to run this INSET DAY in your school?

Send us an enquiry and we will get in touch to talk about your school's requirements.

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