Portage Workshop – A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with SEND

11th July 2019

This is a certificated training course delivered in Rotherham by National Portage Association Accredited Trainers Rachel Amos, Tasleem Akbar and Tracey Bennett assisted by Claire King (Portage Trainee Trainer) 

The Portage Workshop is an introduction to the Portage Approach to working with children with additional needs and their families. The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about the Portage model, including early years practitioners, therapists and parents.

Central to the course are the ‘Portage Principles’ and the ‘Three Circle Model of Portage’.  The NPA has set standards for minimum workshop content and length.  The Workshop has a core curriculum consisting of seven modules and lasts 2 full days (20th & 23rd September) plus a half day Follow Up session (15th October).

What does the course cover?

The Workshop consists of a Core Curriculum of seven modules:

  1. The Portage Model & its Relevance to Early Years Settings.
  2. Helping Children Learn – Using Clear Language
  3. Helping Children Learn – Planning for Success
  4. Helping Children Learn – A Small Steps Approach
  5. Examples of Planning, Recording and Sharing
  6. Supporting the Development of Play
  7. Positive Approaches to Children’s Behaviour

All Workshops will also include a Parent’s Perspective of Portage.

A Follow Up session is offered to support the Implementation of Portage Principles in the Workplace.

What are the course aims?

To give participants:

  • An understanding of Portage Principles and the Portage model of support
  • Knowledge of Portage in the context of Early Years provision
  • The basic skills to deliver Portage under supervision
  • The ability to apply Portage skills and implement Portage principles in their own workplace and home

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Early Years Practitioners working in PVI, maintained and children’s centre settings
  • SENCOs
  • Reception class teachers, nursery teachers, HLTAs and teaching assistants
  • Childminders and foster carers
  • Parents
  • Speech therapists/assistants/language development workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Sensory support teachers
  • Advisory teachers
  • Inclusion development workers
  • Family Support Workers

Why should I attend?

Attending a Portage Workshop gives participants the opportunity to:

  • Gain practical strategies, ideas and resources that can be used straight away within the home and in settings, to differentiate and provide for children with additional needs
  • Work with and learn from parents and other professionals
  • Develop links and gain access to support from highly skilled Portage professionals working in the field of early years/SEND
  • Improve their everyday practice to the benefit of all children, not just those with additional needs
  • Develop an understanding of how to achieve real, meaningful inclusion in settings
  • Increase their confidence in working with disabled children
  • Access follow-up training, support and CPD that could lead to further career progression

What could it lead to?

As an optional development, the Portage Workshop can lead to:

  • An Open Awards Level 3 qualification – ‘The Portage Model – A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with Special Educational Needs’.
  • Attendance on Portage Continuing Professional Development training relating to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties or Behaviour
  • Early Years Settings becoming Portage Approved Settings via the NPA Stamp of Approval Scheme

Cost:        There are 20 places (maximum) – Parents 2 free places

Local delegates & students £150.00 / National delegates £180.00

How to book:

To book your place download the application form here and return to:

Rachel Amos – Principal Educational Psychologist / Portage Service Leader

Rotherham Portage Service, Kimberworth Place, Kimberworth Road, Rotherham S61 1HE

Tel: 01709 822407 / Email: portage.service@rotherham.gov.uk