Children with Complex Needs: The 21st Century Challenge The 21st Century has brought many challenges in terms of the skills teachers will need to educate the increasing new generation of children with Complex Needs.


Special Education Teachers; SENCOS; Speech and Language Therapists; Occupational Therapists; Psychologists; Parents; Professionals;


Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE, PhD

Date of Training
09 October 2019

Kings' School Al Barsha, Dubai

Duration of Course
1 Day

9.00am - 3.30pm

Course Fee
730 AED (Excl VAT)

KHDA; DHA 3.25 points

Course Details: Children with Complex Needs: The 21st Century Challenge

The 21st Century has brought many challenges in terms of the skills teachers will need to educate the increasing new generation of children with Complex Needs. Mental Health, for example, is an area where the profession has no pedagogical history, and our professional learning in this area has to scaffolded from a basis of sound principles into meaningful practise.

The DFE – funded Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project discovered that Engagement was the most effective approach for teaching children with Complex Needs. The Engagement Profile and Scale (EPS) evolved as an evidence based tool for developing personalised approaches to assessment, teaching and learning The validity of the EPS came through its multiple trials, in multiple schools with multiple teachers, across the UK and internationally. This has now been adopted by the Rochford Review, and is recommended as the future statutory assessment framework in classrooms for children with SEND.

The Complex Needs on line training materials offer professional learning opportunities in key areas of 21st Century Special Needs Teaching, (
Our repertoire of teaching approaches must continue to change and diversify as our children and young people with SEND change and diversify.

Aim of the course:
This course focuses on the inclusion of children with complex needs in mainstream schools. As schools become more inclusive, the range of needs become more diverse - this course offers practical advice and solutions for schools and allied health professionals working in schools.


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About the speaker Professor Barry Carpenter (CBE, OBE, PhD)

Barry Carpenter was recently appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford. He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. In 2017 he was entered into "Who’s Who" in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. A major outcome of that research was the pedagogy around Engagement for Learning; this model has been adopted as the basis for new statutory assessment for children with SEND to be implemented in 2020. He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. His work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. He has written extensively on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and co-authored the seminal text, "Engaging Learners with Complex Needs" (Routledge). Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls on the Autism Spectrum. This will be the focus of his 2019 book. Barry has 3 children – one a School Principal, one a Senior Occupational Therapist in Child Mental Health, and a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who now has a home of her own, published her first book in 2017, and is on an Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant.

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