In addition to our advertised courses, DTSA offers training opportunities that are highly personalised and bespoke for the SEND needs of your school. These can take the form of staff meetings, INSET days, twilights and can run for individual schools or across a cluster / MAT. We are fortunate to work with a broad network of SLE’s, NLE’s, NLG’s and expert practitioners who are knowledgeable, highly skilled and confident in supporting any areas of SEND education you are looking to develop.

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DTSA SEND Director Alistair Crawford

The DTSA has a strong commitment to supporting positive outcomes for all students and with two specialist schools at the heart of our alliance SEND is very much built in to the work we do. Our SEND offer draws on the experience and expertise of outstanding practitioners in mainstream primary, secondary and specialist settings and we are proud to champion the voice of our students and their families in our CPLD.

‘Every teacher is a teacher of SEND’

It is our vision to support all education professionals to be confident, knowledgeable and inclusive practitioners that have the highest aspirations for students with SEND.

We are excited to be collaborating with partners on a local, regional and national level to develop a community of practice that delivers the very best education and opportunities for students with SEND.

Alistair Crawford

Primary Science with a special educational needs emphasis

Leading science in a special educational needs setting has been developed to empower practioners working in SEND settings to discover the potential of the science curriculum for students.

The course will provide a framework for participants to evaluate their current provision, identify their own next steps and improve their own leadership skills. It will provide a wealth of practical activities which are accessible for children with a range of additional needs and explores how working scientifically can be planned for throughout the curriculum for pupils with SEND to improve outcomes for students.

SEND and resources

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Code: RK177 N01

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £25

Three sessions in total:

  • 30 June
  • 2 July
  • 8 July

Introduction to Attachment

Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people. Our earliest attachments have a significant impact on how we view the world and form relationships in later life.

Our introduction to Attachment Theory workshop will explore the research and evidence around attachment whilst looking at practical strategies and proactive approaches to support our classroom practice.

Facilitated by Samantha Gee (Lead Practitioner for Attachment).

SEND Curriculum Design

For more information about future dates please email

Facilitator: Samantha Gee
Venue: St Martin’s School, Bracknell Drive, Derby DE24 0BT
Time: 2pm – 4.30pm
Cost: £75

Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism – through the eyes of students, families and professionals.

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

Our understanding autism sessions will feature talks from students, families and expert practitioners. This will help to provide us with a unique insight into the reality of living with autism from a range of perspectives helping to develop our knowledge and understanding and how we can best support our students in our own setting.

The sessions will cover structure, environment, communication methods and sensory giving a range of strategies and resources to take back and use in school.

DTSA Understanding Autism

For more information about future dates please email

Facilitator: Alistair Crawford and Sophie Judd
Venue: St Martins School, Bracknell Drive, Derby DE24 0BT
Time: 2pm – 4.30pm
Cost: £150 per person (2 sessions inc.)