Shropshire Council

Training and development

In this section, you'll find links to useful training and professional development opportunities available to support you.

Autism Education Trust (AET) training

Phase Date Time Venue
AET tier 2 13 February 2020 9am-4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
AET tier 3 28 February 2020 9am-4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury

To enquire or to book onto this training please contact University Centre, Shrewsbury on 01743 297168 or email

Behaviour management training

Safe in a crisis

While disruptive pupil behaviour can be a reality for many staff, crisis doesn't have to be. Pivotal MAPA is designed for schools to address today's realities so that staff can safely and confidently respond to a range of behavioural situations. The programme provides prevention and deceleration strategies, including Pivotal Scripted Interventions, decision making and behavioural risk assessment, managing behavioural risk using MAPA disengagement and holding skills, and post-crisis restorative conversations.

The management of actual or potential aggression for schools (MAPA)

Pivotal MAPA is BILD-accredited and has been specially developed by teachers, teaching assistants and others who work with children and young people.

Benefits for your school Benefits for your staff Benefits for your pupils
Elevate standards through evidence-informed accredited training. Improve confidence and minimise anxiety associated with uncertainty during a crisis. Show positive role models who can manage difficult situations.
Reduce school disruptions and use of restraint. Decrease risk of injury by reducing physical accidents. Provide guidance about making positive behaviour choices.
Increase time spent on teaching. Establish a common, consistent language that improves staff communication. Develop coping skills using restorative practices.
Support positive learning environments.    


Dates Venue Cost
30/31 January 2020 Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE £400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)
19/20 March 2020 Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE £400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)
30 April / 1 May 2020 Riversway Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 3LE £400 per school + £35 per delegate (up to six delegates within 12 months of initial training)

To discuss your training needs and to book a place contact Garry Dean (certified Pivotal MAPA instructor) - email or phone 01743 254285.

ELSA training information for schools

The ELSA project is a national and evidence-based programme of staff training and supervision to support children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. It builds the capacity of schools to support the SEMH needs of their pupils from within their own resources.

ELSA training is a five-day course that aims to support practitioners (usually teaching assistants or others with a pastoral role in education settings) in developing the emotional literacy and overall resiliency of vulnerable children and young people. ELSAs are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting. ELSAs then receive ongoing clinical group supervision from an educational psychologist every half-term for two hours to ensure their work is safe, competent and effective.

The course will cover the following topics delivered by a team of educational psychologists:

  • An introduction to ACEs*, resilience and emotional literacy
  • Attachment and security
  • Skills for effective therapeutic conversations
  • Emotion coaching
  • Selfhood, self-esteem and strengths-based approaches
  • Solution-focused approaches
  • Affiliation, social skills interventions and restorative approaches
  • Bereavement, loss and family separation
  • Creative therapeutic interventions 
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches and mindfulness

Where: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG 

Following training and ongoing supervision, ELSAs will be able to:

  • Carry out regular (weekly) sessions with individual pupils or small groups
  • Develop programmes of support that are matched to pupil needs
  • Monitor interventions using appropriate tools for evaluating the impact of interventions for children with SEMH needs
  • Share ideas with other staff about how to support pupils

ELSAs will need a supportive line manager to promote the role of the ELSA within the school. 

Who is this course for?

Teaching assistants, primary school staff, secondary school staff, special school and alternative provision staff, independent school staff, social care professionals, family support workers, youth workers, learning mentors, college staff.

How will an ELSA benefit your school?

Children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. There has been consistent feedback from schools across the UK that the introduction of ELSAs has made a significant positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their ability to manage better at school — socially, emotionally and academically.

Please visit for further information and research about ELSA.

If you have any queries or would like to book a place on the next course, please contact the Educational Psychology Service (office email:, office phone number: 01743 258414).

* Research into adverse childhood experiences or ACEs has shown that stable, nurturing adult-child relationships and environments not only mitigate against exposure to adversity, but also help children and young people to develop the resilience required to flourish as adults. The main aim of the ELSA course is to promote these stable, nurturing adult-child relationships and environments and provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to be a confident and effective ‘key adult’ for vulnerable children and young people. 

EPS attachment and dyadic developmental practice​

Attachment and early developmental trauma

Level 1 training

Attachment training provides an understanding of early child development and the importance of nurture on the developing brain. It focuses on how to support teachers and key adults in understanding challenging behaviours and provides strategies to support children to regulate and manage their emotions more effectively. The training offers advice on establishing a key attachment relationship.

Emotional co-regulation

Level 2 training

Following on from the attachment training, this course provides staff with strategies to support children to regulate and manage their emotions more effectively. It uses the principles of Emotion Coaching and attachment theory.

Therapeutic working for key adults (DDP)

Level 3 training

This training is based on Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP). It is focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with their key adult. The programme actively communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). This training is aimed at key adults working with traumatised children. There is a requirement to have complete levels 1 and 2 prior to this training.

Contact the Virtual School for more information and upcoming training dates:

EPS CPD courses offered through University Centre Shrewsbury

The new partnership between Shropshire Council and University Centre Shrewsbury provides an extensive programme of continuing professional development training for school managers, teaching staff, support staff and governors. This training is provided either through courses delivered at a range of training centres across the county, or via school-based training sessions which can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the school (or groups of schools if necessary).

This area of the Shropshire Learning Gateway allows you to access the courses available and quickly see what is on offer.

Booking process

There is a direct link from the course catalogue to the online booking portal. Schools/providers should use this as their first point of booking. Please note payment will be required at point of booking

For further assistance in booking courses:

SENCO network meetings

Therapeutic working for key adults training

Applying psychology to make the difference

This training is based on dyadic developmental practice (DDP) and is focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with key adults. The programme actively communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). This approach is particularly beneficial for teaching assistants working as the key adult attachment figure with traumatised children.

The educational psychologist delivers a bespoke three-session training programme over six weeks, looking in depth at strategies to forge a relationship by co-regulating emotions and co-constructing new meanings of past experiences.

The training is very interactive within a group of six. There is a requirement to have completed the attachment training delivered by the EPS through the virtual school prior to undertaking this training. The first week of the TWKA course revisits the attachment themes and looks at the issues in greater detail from the perspective of each of the key adults. There are between-session tasks to complete with their pupil before the second session. The second session concentrates on inter-subjectivity.

The session contains role play and practical demonstrations using DVDs. Again there are between-session tasks before the final session, which looks in more detail at PACE. The session gives advice on how to be PACEful and react to our young people in an attuned way.

Delivered by Poppy Chandler and Kim Jeffries (Educational Psychology Service).

Dates and times of sessions

  • TBC


Shrewsbury Training & Development Centre, Racecourse Crescent, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, SY2 5BP


FREE online courses for professionals in Shropshire...

Understanding Trauma

Shropshire has free and unlimited access to the online ‘Understanding Trauma’ course until March 2021 (usually £45 each learner) for all professionals with a work-based postcode in Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin.

This is a 13 module course which could take up to 3.75 hours to complete, however it is not necessary to complete it in one sitting and is available from the Solihull Approach Parenting website.

To access the course for free please add in the code DARWINPRF

For any queries or difficulties accessing the course please contact Solihull Approach Technical Support, available Mon-Fri 9-5, via email or call 0121 296 4448