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Learning Alliance


We as a trust are interested in supporting staff in all areas of learning and development

We'll be posting useful resources, research projects, internal and external qualifications and training, and links throughout the year for all GAT staff where suitable

External Handy Websites

NASEN- The National Association for Special Educational Needs- Find resources here



Qualifications and Awards

SEND Casework Award 
Designed specifically for those directly involved in SEND casework and casework management. It is a way of developing and enhancing staff practice in implementing the SEND Code of Practice (2015) requirements

  • Four one-day workshops over the course of the year when key knowledge and skills will be covered and assessed;
  • Technical and legal aspects of SEND assessment;
  • Review and coordination process, with particular reference to the Code of Practice (2015); 
  • Interpersonal, communication, and self-management skills required by staff for effective and excellent professional practice

Most candidates take between 9 and 12 months to complete the award, with the majority of the programme being completed through daily working practices

Please click here for more information



Training Events and Conferences


Free Mental Health Training from Place2Be
This online children’s mental health training course developed from Place2Be's work in schools, enhances professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities. They have versions for teachers, student teachers and youth workers.

Place2Be are pleased to be able to offer the course free to qualified teachers and school-based staff in the UK. 

92% feel that the course has increased their capacity to lead a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

This is a 5 week online programme, 1–1.5 hours per week done at a time convenient for you, with regular start dates for you to choose from. December 2020 dates are:

  • 04 Dec 2020
  • 09 Dec 2020
  • 11 Dec 2020

For more information and to book your place, click here


Schools History Project New Teachers' Conference 
The first Schools History Project New Teachers' Conference will take place online via MS Teams on Saturday 30th January 2021 and costs £35 per person

It provides inspiring and practical professional development for new teachers and trainee teachers

More information can be found by clicking here 

Details provided by Theresa Ford


Research Projects 

See attachments and links below for GAT research projects:

Research Project- Impact of creating an engaging learning environment to promote independent learning for writing

Research Project- Impact on staff of a research-led CPD programme

Research Project- Greater Depth in Writing Project

Research Project- Does the context that language is learned in support a deeper level of acquisition?