Bamboozle teacher training courses

Designed for teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and SENCOs

This academic year (24-25) Bamboozle will be delivering four one day courses at Yeoman Park Academy and Redgate Primary Academy. These courses are part of the HUB schools programme, a programme of work co-funded by Arts Council England specifically for schools in levelling up for culture places.

Courses are offered at a reduced fee of £47 per person per day (reduced from £167 per day).

Courses available to book are:

How to engage learning disabled students and keep them interested – the Bamboozle approach explained

(This course is for teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and SENCOs who have not yet undertaken any training with Bamboozle or those that would like a refresher course).

Tuesday 17 September at Yeoman Park Academy, Park Hall Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 8PS

We’ve all had days when you just wish the students in your class would listen, or focus, or even seem interested in what you have to offer them.

These courses are each designed to do just that – enable you to engage the interest of your students and keep them interested.  The Bamboozle Approach has a long track record of finding ways to enable students to do things not seen before.

What you can expect to get out of the course:

  • Practical ideas you can take away and use immediately.
  • An understanding of the Bamboozle Approach and how it gained recognition from OFSTED and the National Autistic Society.
  • Knowing how to enable your students to focus for longer.
  • The ability to create an enabled space where students learn easily without fear of judgement.
  • How you can use ritual to engage and focus students.
  • And lots more.

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Using narrative and character for learning with SEND pupils

Wednesday 18 September at Yeoman Park Academy, Park Hall Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 8PS

This course will demonstrate to you ways that enable your children to become engaged in stories by using characters and building a narrative with the children closely involved. The Bamboozle Approach, which is a tried and tested methodology, recognised by the National Autistic Society and Ofsted, will give you strategies to implement in your lessons or workshops immediately.

What you can expect to get out of the course:

  • An introduction to the Bamboozle Approach and how the methodology enables story telling.
  • How you can use a person in role as a character – historical or fictional – to build intrigue and engagement.
  • How the facilitator can support and encourage the building of the narrative.
  • Understand what the job of the person in role is, and what the job of the facilitator is.
  • How you can use character and narrative to teach the curriculum.
  • How you can use character and narrative to create new stories using your learners’ ideas.
  • How to keep the learners at the centre of the creative process.
  • And lot, lots more.

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How to reduce conflict and anxiety when working with autistic students (advanced)

Please note for those that attended the last autism focussed course, this course will cover different content with a variation of scenarios and practical examples.

Tuesday 11 February at Redgate Primary Academy, Somersall Street, Mansfield NG19 6EL

Please note for those that attended the last autism focussed course, this course will cover different content with a variation of scenarios and practical examples.

This course will demonstrate to you ways that enable your children to relax.  The Bamboozle Approach, which is a tried and tested methodology, recognised by the National Autistic Society and Ofsted, will give you strategies to implement in your lessons or workshops immediately.

We will share with you Bamboozle’s 30 years of experience in delivering long-term culture-change projects in the autism learning environment as well as our more recent outdoor work with families.

What you can expect to get out of the course:

  • How to create an Enabled Space so that learners on the autism spectrum engage more easily.
  • See a practical demonstration of how putting a group at ease enables its members to engage.
  • Discover ways that exploratory play builds trust, reduces anxiety and provides child-centred opportunities for expression and learning.
  • Advanced techniques for building connections with children and young people who might be described as being hard-to-reach.
  • Strategies for working with behaviour that challenges us.
  • Verbal and non-verbal ways of reducing anxiety and stress.
  • And lots more …

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Multi-sensory ideas for complex needs – including the engagement model (advanced)

Please note for those that attended the last MSE course, this course will cover different content with a variation of scenarios and practical examples.

Wednesday 12 February at Redgate Primary Academy, Somersall Street, Mansfield NG19 6EL

Multi-Sensory ideas for Complex Needs – including the Engagement Model (Advanced) With reference to “Creating Multi-Sensory Environments – practical ideas for teaching and learning.” By Christopher Davies

Please note for those that attended the last MSE course, this course will cover different content with a variation of scenarios and practical examples.

This course is designed to enable you to engage the interest of your learners and keep them interested.  The Bamboozle Approach has a long track record of finding ways to enable students to do things they have not done before.

 

What you can expect to get out of the course:

  • Practical ideas you can take away and use immediately.
  • An understanding of the Bamboozle Approach and how it gained recognition from. OFSTED and the National Autistic Society.
  • How to create MSEs in your classroom quickly and cheaply.
  • How you can use simple rituals to heighten the experience for learners.
  • And lots lots more …

Please click here to make a booking

What teachers and artists say about the Bamboozle approach:

“The Bamboozle approach makes it emotionally safe for even the most reluctant of learners to commit themselves. With Bamboozle, every student’s input is given value and this strategy builds individual confidence and gives the courage to contribute more.  The Bamboozle approach enables children to be reached, and their talents discovered, in ways which we have seldom seen.” David Lloyd, principal of The Gateway School and Technology College’’.

“A methodology that will shift the way I approach all areas of my practice, not just working with disabled children and young people but with everyone”- Pagan Hunt, Dance Artist

 

“It was incredibly valuable training which I am very grateful to have experienced.  A positively challenging experience.”  Ellen Dowell

 

’Inspirational! If you want to gain knowledge and understand how to engage students, working with Bamboozle will give you practical ideas and a springboard to ignite your own creativity’’ Lisa Connor, Director of Creative and Performing Arts, Priory Woods School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bamboozle senior training team

Dawn Bowden has worked with Bamboozle for 18 years and is a member of their senior training team. She has delivered across the 3 strands of Bamboozle’s work and has led on a broad range of projects, including at Bamboozle’s ‘Backyard’ – an outdoor project designed for autistic children.

As well as her work with Bamboozle, Dawn is also a qualified Independent Care Act Advocate and in 2016 she established ‘Different Drum Advocacy through the arts’; a group of disabled adults who meet weekly to explore and express the things that matter to them.

Dawn embeds the Bamboozle Approach into ALL her work and finds it to be the key that unlocks; enabling people to say and do much more than they think they ever could.

 

Amy Lovelock is a Choreographer and Movement Facilitator who graduated from LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). Amy has performed and collaborated with companies and platforms across theatre, screen, site specific and outdoor work; Motionhouse Dance Theatre in The Voyage (Birmingham Olympic Festival), Willi Dorner/Bodies In Urban Space (Copenhagen International Dance Theatre), Exzeb Dance Company in their award winning Artism II, Hinged Dance Company (The Place), Royal Opera House, Cirque Bouji and Edinburgh Festival. Amy has created original work for BYMT (British Youth Musical Theatre), Opera North Youth Chorus, CoMotion Dance Theatre, University of Cumbria, Lincoln University and is Associate Choreographer for Spears Arts, KSA.

 

Amy is Lead Choreographer for Dancer Development Course (Magpie Dance, UK) where she has directed live performance and film. She has also led choreographic collaborations with the Royal Opera House and Protein Dance. Amy has also worked as Digital Producer creating dance films that have been shown around the globe in 30+ film festivals, including New York and Toronto Film Festival (Canada).Through this role, Amy has collaborated on film projects with Propeller Dance (Canada) and Arts for the Disabled Association Hong Kong (Hong Kong) to produce films spotlighting and empowering dancers with disabilities. 

 

Amy first worked with Bamboozle Theatre in 2017, touring productions Pulse and Moonsong to SEND schools. She also performed in Bamboozles first Theatre Tour taking Pulse to Theatres around the UK. Amy is now part of the Senior Training Team delivering training and residencies to teachers and artists in The Bamboozle Approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Byrne trained at The University of Manchester and at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has spent the last twenty years working as an Actor/Musician, Composer and Sound Designer, working often with Devising and Movement based companies. Craig worked for 6 years with improvising company Cartoon De Salvo, he also toured London’s Parks during the summers for several years with The London Bubble Theatre Company.  For 6 years he toured the UK, Europe and the world with Strangelings street theatre company. Craig’s work as a Sound Designer and Composer has led him to collaborate extensively with contemporary Circus performers and companies, cabaret artists and fine Art installations. Craig first worked with Bamboozle in 2016 on their production Hansel and Gretel, and has since worked with Bamboozle on many productions including, Gentle GiantStormDown to EarthMakara and the Mountain Dragon, Firebird, and The River. Craig also delivers on a variety of Bamboozles residencies and creative education projects as well as being a member of their Senior training Team.