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DECSY offers a full range of courses and events to help you improve your skills in incorporating Global Learning in your teaching. The 2017 - 2018 courses are:

An Introduction to Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the Early Years
Deepening Philosophical Enquiries
Developing as an 'Eco-School'
Exploring British Values through P4C and the Literacy Curriculum
Gender Respect Workshop: equipping teachers to explore gender equality with pupils
Helping Children Make Sense of the World
Maths and P4C

Persona Doll Training
Philosophy for Children in Early Years Foundation Stage
Philosophy for Children - Level 1 - Foundation Course (2 and a half day workshop) 
Philosophy for Children - Level 2a and 2b (2 day workshops)
Relationships, sex & young people in an internet age
#periodpositive Workshop

For date and time information please click on a course or see information at the bottom of this page.

If you are a Global Learning Programme school you can pay for our GLP accredited courses using your school GLP e-credits. 

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Training Course Terms & Conditions  It costs DECSY £80 in funding to provide a FREE place on a course. Please give us at least one week's notice to cancel your booking. If you fail to do so you will incur a £30 fee per place booked. 

Cancellation Fees for Priced Courses: 4 weeks before = 25%, 2 weeks before = 50%, less than 2 weeks before = 100%. If a participant fails to attend the course the full fee will be charged. If a course is cancelled all course fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may have been incurred, including travel, flights, accommodation etc

Maths and P4C Monday 29th January, 2018

How can we encourage pupils and teachers to delve into maths at a deeper level than just being able to 'do' it? 

Maths is a creative discipline, developed over millennia: essential in every day life, critical to technology, engineering, medicine and science, and a foundation for understanding our world. Explore the beauty, the patterns and the power of maths and how to encourage a sense of enjoyment, excitement, wonder and awe about the subject. Consider how the use of picture books and Philosophy for Children can help children of all ages engage with maths.

Start Date

  • Monday 29 January 2018 (09:30)

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE   (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)   Glp Approved Cpd

Cost

£120 (£100 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk or telephone: 0114 241 2750.

Philosophy for Children (P4C) in Early Years Foundation Stage, February 2018

Aims of Session: 

• To understand the value and benefits of P4C for young children for developing speaking and listening and thinking critically and creatively
• To explore the building blocks of philosophical enquiry
• To recognise the opportunities within daily practice for developing skills and dispositions for P4C
• To discuss what the P4C steps look like in F1 and F2

This course runs over three afternoons and will give an opportunity for participants to develop and try out ideas and materials in their settings between the sessions.

Suitable for schools which have already established P4C or would like to begin using it in EYFS. This course includes the opportunity of a free follow-up visit to Pye Bank School to see P4C in practice.

Facilitators: Helen Griffin and Ann Dawson, Foundation Stage Leader and Assistant Headteacher at Pye Bank Primary, Sheffield

Venue: DECSY, Scotia Works, Sheffield S1 4SE

Start Date

  • Tuesday 27 February 2018 (13:00)

Dates

27th February, 13th and 20th March 2018 (1 - 4pm)

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE    (use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

Cost: £180 for three sessions (£160 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookingsATdecsy.org.uk (substituting @ for AT)
Philosophy for Children Level 2a - SAPERE validated - 1st & 2nd March 2018

Philosophy for Children Level 2a - SAPERE validated - 1st & 2nd March 2018

P4C develops children's critical and creative thinking skills, using real dialogue about the issues that matter to them.

P4C Level 2a (SAPERE validated) is a chance for you to advance your skills for higher quality enquiries and to support less-experienced colleagues.
This course is for practitioners who have been using P4C regularly in the classroom for six months or more and whose student are starting to ask higher order questions and to self-facilitate. 

Level 2a

  • Examines the nature, purpose and method of philosophical enquiry 
  • Shows how to choose and create materials to stimulate deeper philosophical thinking and dialogue
  • Extends practices and tools for better philosophical thinking and facilitation 
  • Strengthens understanding of the theory and practice of critical, creative, caring, and collaborative thinking 
  • Establishes criteria for planning and evaluating progress over a cycle of P4C enquiry, exercise, and review

Start Date

  • Thursday 01 March 2018 (09:00)

Dates

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd March 2018 (9:00am - 4:30pm)

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£300 (£280 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk or telephone: 0114 241 2750.
Philosophy for Children Level 1 (Foundation) SAPERE validated, March 2018

Philosophy for Children Level 1 (Foundation) SAPERE validated, March 2018

This two and a half day practical workshop will explore the aims, principles and benefits of 
philosophical enquiry and explore how these enquiries can develop Global Citizenship skills, 
concepts and dispositions and tackle controversial issues. 

  • SAPERE Level 1 certification
  • SAPERE Level 1 handbook and other training materials
  • One year’s free subscription to the SAPERE web-site and monthly bulletin. This provides the same access to resources as SAPERE membership. These resources include access to the P4C Getting Started Guide in on-line or pdf formats.
  • Monthly bulletins of pupil activities to support the development of P4C
  • The opportunity to join a free P4C Practitioner Development Group which meets every half term 4.30pm – 6pm (DECSY membership required)

Includes lunches, refreshments, SAPERE Level One handbook and Certificate

Start Date

  • Tuesday 06 March 2018 (16:30)

Dates

Tuesday 6th (4.30pm - 6.30pm), Wednesday 7th and Wednesday 21st March, 2018  (9.30am - 4.30pm)

This 3-day course is repeated on:
13th, 14th, 28th June, 2018

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£300 (£280 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk

Relationships, Sex & Young People in an Internet Age, Monday 12th March, 2018

Like it or not, the world as we knew it has changed for today’s children and young people. Social media, normalised image sharing and easy access to adult content mean that professionals and parents/carers need to respond to this new landscape.
This day will give you the confidence and tools to support children & young people to make positive & safe choices in their future relationships.

The day’s course will cover: 
• Sexual consent & rape
• Sexting
• ‘Stepping up, stepping in’ to sexual harassment
• Impact of pornography
• Revenge porn
• Dating apps
• Lad culture - harnessing ‘boy power’ 

This course will be led by theCHAT, Relationship & Sex Education specialists.   www.thechat.org.uk

Start Date

  • Monday 12 March 2018 (09:30)

Dates

9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday 12th March, 2018

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£120 (£100 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk or telephone: 0114 241 2750.

Deepening Philosophical Enquiries (Thursday 15th March, 2018)

• Reinforce your P4C practice and facilitation skills to become a more versatile and confident P4C facilitator
• Overcome obstacles you may have come up against in P4C enquiries
• Drive higher order questioning and thinking skills for your students

This course is for all those who have done P4C Level 1 training and have led at least 6 P4C enquiries. It is suitable for those who want to reinforce or refresh their P4C practice following any level of P4C training. Course participants will be entitled to a P4C Practitioner certificate. 

 The course focuses on:
• Reasoning and constructing meaning 
• Concept development exercises
• Facilitation skills and moves  
• Reviewing enquiries and planning for progress

Start Date

  • Thursday 15 March 2018 (09:30)

Dates

9.30am - 4.30pm, Thursday 15th March, 2018

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£120 (£100 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk or telephone: 0114 241 2750.

Exploring 'British Values' through P4C and the Literacy Curriculum, 27th March, 2018

This course, which is a partnership between DECSY and ESCAL delivered over three afternoons, will support teachers in using Philosophy for Children (P4C) and literacy together to critically explore 'British Values' in the context of global learning at KS2. There will be a focus on one text with the themes of 'Friendship, fairness and freedom' but the course will demonstrate how the methods used can be applied to any text in literacy.

There will be an opportunity for participants to develop and try out ideas and materials in their settings between the sessions.

Tuesday 27th March, 2018  (9.30am - 4.30pm)

Global Learning Programme Accredited course  Glp Approved Cpd

Start Date

  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 (09:30)

Venue

Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE  (use the 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£120 (£100 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk
An Introduction to Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the Early Years, 16th May, 2018

An Introduction to Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the Early Years, 16th May, 2018

Aims of course:
 

a. To explore what we mean by 'cultural diversity'

b. To try out a variety of practical activities which can be used across the curriculum in Early Years settings to help children to:

• see themselves and others as special;
 • enjoy learning about one another's lives and the wider world that we live in; 
• begin to appreciate similarities and differences.

c. To explore a range of teaching materials including packs, posters and books for children which can be used to enhance work on cultural diversity and race equality.

d. To see how this work relates to the government guidance to promote 'fundamental British values'

Includes light lunch and refreshments.

Start Date

  • Wednesday 16 May 2018 (09:30)

Dates

Wednesday 16th May, 2018 (9.30am - 3.30pm)

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)

Cost

£85 (£65 for Early Years Settings and DECSY School Members)

How to Book

booking@decsy.org.uk
Philosophy for Children Level 1 (Foundation) SAPERE validated, June 2018

Philosophy for Children Level 1 (Foundation) SAPERE validated, June 2018

This two and a half day practical workshop will explore the aims, principles and benefits of 
philosophical enquiry and explore how these enquiries can develop Global Citizenship skills, 
concepts and dispositions and tackle controversial issues.
 The course includes lunches, refreshments and:
  • SAPERE Level 1 certification
  • SAPERE Level 1 handbook and other training materials
  • One year’s free subscription to the SAPERE web-site and monthly bulletin. This provides the same access to resources as SAPERE membership. These resources include access to the P4C Getting Started Guide in on-line or pdf formats.
  • Monthly bulletins of pupil activities to support the development of P4C
  • The opportunity to join a free P4C Practitioner Development Group which meets every half term 4.30pm – 6pm (DECSY membership required)

Start Date

  • Wednesday 13 June 2018 (16:30)

Dates

Wednesday 13th (4.30pm-6.30pm), Thursday 14th and Thursday 28th June, 2018 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Venue

Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE  (How to find us)

Cost

£300 (£280 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk
Gender Respect Workshop: equipping teachers to explore gender equality with pupils

Gender Respect Workshop: equipping teachers to explore gender equality with pupils

Gender Respect Workshop

Thursday 21st June, 2018  9.30am - 4pm

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to:

  • Consider the relevance of gender equality work in their schools (including how it relates to statutory guidance)
  • Discuss the theory on how children develop gender identities
  • Discuss transgender, gender non-binary and gender fluidity
  • Explore whole school development using the new Gender Equality Charter Mark
  • Explore some activities and ideas developed and trialled by teachers from the Gender Respect Project for exploring gender equality in a global context for EYFS, Primary and Secondary students

'The whole day has definitely improved my knowledge and made me feel more confident in discussing gender issues in work' participant at 2017 course

Course leaders: Helen Griffin and Clive Belgeonne

The Gender Respect Project aims to help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence. For more information visit: www.genderrespect2013.wordpress.com/

Venue: Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE

Start Date

  • Thursday 21 June 2018 (09:30)

Venue

DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE  (Use 'How to find us' tab for directions)  Glp Approved Cpd

Cost

£120 (£100 for DECSY School Members)

How to Book

bookings@decsy.org.uk or telephone: 0114 241 2750.

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