Inclusion Team - Portage Workshop - A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with SEND


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Inclusion Team - Portage Workshop - A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with SEND


Spring Term 2024 – Delivered Face-to-Face – Winchester

Day 1: Wednesday 27 March 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Day 2: Thurdsay 28 March 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Day 3: Wednesday 1 May 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm


Autumn term 2024 – Delivered Face-to-Face - Winchester

Day 1: Tuesday 8 October 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Day 2: Wednesday 9 October 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Day 3: Wednesday 20 November 2024, 9.00am to 3.30pm

New dates TBC


Participants must commit to attending all three days of training.

This is a certificated 3-day training course delivered by National Portage Association Accredited Trainers.  

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.

What does the course cover? 

The Workshop consists of a Core Curriculum of seven modules: 

  • The Portage Model
  • Supporting the Development of Play 
  • Using Clear Language 
  • Planning Successful outcomes 
  • Planning, Recording and Sharing outcomes
  • Using a Small Steps Approach 
  • Positive Approaches to Childrens Behaviour 

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

What will I learn? 

  • The Portage partnership model of working with parents and other professionals 
  • Portage principles and how they can be applied in the home and in settings with young children who have additional needs 
  • Strategies, materials, and resources used by Portage that can be used in the home and early years settings 
  • How to plan for success and set long term goals 
  • The importance of using clear language 
  • How to use a small steps approach in teaching children new skills through play 
  • Strategies to overcome the barriers to play 
  • Approaches to help children generalise skills 
  • Basic appropriate responses and approaches to address behaviour
  • Strategies for planning suitable activities, assessing progress, and recording children’s successes

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 

NOTE FOR HAMPSHIRE SCHOOLS – please be aware that Hampshire schools must pay for training using IBC Internal Trading, so are unable to use this Shop.

Hampshire schools should submit this online booking request to book a place, remembering to include the contact name and SAP user-id of the finance/business officer.

This will allow SfYC to raise an Internal Supplier Request for the school to complete and make payment.

(Academies and independent schools are able to use payment cards)

NON-HAMPSHIRE, OUT OF COUNTY SCHOOLS AND SETTINGS – All schools, settings and other organisations outside of Hampshire will be charged a 15% surcharge on top of the standard cost.  If a member of the SfYC team needs to travel outside of the county to deliver training, expenses/mileage may be charged from the Hampshire border. Price on application.