Specialist Training for Educators and Pupil Success

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Future Steps strongly believe in supporting and training educators, helping you understand the behaviours in the classroom, providing you with knowledge and strategies and ensuring every pupil has the very best chance of success.

5 reasons to choose STEPS:

  • Our trainers, Julie Davis and Lynn Mitchell, are highly qualified, specialist Occupational Therapists with over 30 years of experience and expertise between them
  • Our courses provide you with the knowledge, confidence and techniques suitable for the pupils in your classroom
  • Our in-house training courses include demonstrations inside our state-of-the-art therapy rooms, helping you understand the link between the clinic and the classroom
  • Courses can be tailored to your setting, whether it be a mainstream school, specialist provision, SEMH, Cognition and Learning, Social and Communication bases or Pupil Referral Unit
  • Certificates and course guides are supplied with every course, allowing you to evidence your attendance and continue your learning and development, beyond the training session

A little more about Future Steps:

We believe in supporting every child, young person and adult to reach their full potential, academically, socially and emotionally. Day-to-day we provide sensory, motor and attachment assessments and treatment to children and families across the North East at our state-of-the-art SI clinic in Thornaby and in over 45 mainstream and specialist schools and PRUs, across County Durham and beyond.  Future Steps is built on the passion and work ethic of our incredible team members. We have a team of fully qualified occupational therapists, supported by a team of administrators and every member is dedicated to changing the lives of every child and family we treat.

Courses to choose from:

Sensory Survival in the Mainstream Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Managing Sensory Behaviour & Needs (1 Full day or 2 x ½ days)

Managing sensory-based behaviour in the classroom can be problematic, especially in the constraints of the mainstream setting. This course will give educators an insight into the causes of challenging behaviours and from there, course leaders can support educators to formulate strategies that will work within their classrooms.

Sensory Guidance for Special Schools: Insight into how sensory development impacts on the children and young people in specialist provisions and what can be done to support development in this environment. (1 Full day or 2 x ½ days)

In a specialist environment, educators are essential to ensuring children and young people to reach their full potential. This course will provide knowledge on the Sensory Systems and an understanding of how working on these systems, from an education perspective, can make an immense impact on development. Course leader will also support transition of this theory into practice.


When Dysfunction Meets Education: Identifying sensory/motor dysfunction in a child, understanding the impact on educational progress and how to help (1 Full day or 2 x ½ days)

In every classroom there is a child who is struggling to keep up with their peers academically and yet they seem to present with no obvious challenges. This course will demonstrate just how many sensory/motor challenges a child or young person could be experiencing every day, why they are unable to articulate them and how altering the curriculum and classroom environment can positively impact their educational attainment and support them reach their full potential.


The Journey of Handwriting: An OT perspective of handwriting from mark making to cursive (Twilight course)

Understand the importance of the motor and sensory systems and the effect of visual perception on handwriting and fine motor skills and discover new strategies for your classroom, to support every child to be proficient in the art of handwriting. Through practical activities, experience first-hand the challenges that a child who struggles with handwriting faces every day, in and out of the classroom.


Sensory Obstacles to Forming Secure Attachments- A sensory insight into working with a child’s attachment framework and how support them to form secure attachments (1 Full day)

Through the use of real case studies and videos, Attachment Specialist Occupational Therapist, Julie Davis provides an insight into the importance of the sensory system for a child or young person and how this system can affect their behaviour and ability to form secure attachments with parents, carers or caregivers.

Who to contact

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01642807669 01642807669
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Where to go

Future Steps Consultancy
Baysdale Road
TS17 9DB
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm

Page last reviewed: 26/08/2020


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