The Step-back Practitioner’s Course for Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinators (ALNCOS)/class teachers/tutors/teaching assistants/learning support assistants
The Step-back Practitioner’s Course and the Step-back Train the Trainer course were developed in partnership with Sarah Hughes and Alison Saunders of the SenCom Vision Impairment Service. SenCom Vision Impairment Service is part of the South East Wales Consortium Sensory and Communication Support Service.
The Step-back Practitioners Course can be completed by any educational practitioner supporting learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN). The Step-back Award has been developed to support practitioners to understand their role and purpose in supporting learners to become as independent as possible.
1. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ‘support’ and of the ‘support role’
2. To identify how and when to step-in and how and when to step-back
3. To embed the Step-back Code the principles which guide the Step-back approach and which underpin this course as core values within the practitioners day to day practice
Two day course
Practitioners attend a two day course led by their local Step-back Trainer and complete a series of activities linked to each of the 10 Step-back statements within the Step-back Code. Following the course the practitioners are also expected to complete a Learner’s Voice Case study with a learner they currently support.
The course is internally assessed by Positive Eye Ltd. On achieving the accreditation the practitioner will become a Step-back Champion which entitles them to carry out Step-in, Step-back techniques with learners across their setting.
Step-back Train the Trainer course
The Step-back Trainer course is specifically for ALNCOs/ Specialist Teachers of ALN, School/Setting Senior Leaders. As part of a regional/local authority Step-back model of delivery, a small group (approx 14) of senior ALN practitioners from a broad range of settings will become accredited Step-back trainers entitling them to deliver the Step-back Practitioner’s course to settings within their local authority. Registration for Step-back Trainers is with Positive Eye Ltd and is renewable annually.
The course is internally assessed by Positive Eye Ltd. On successful completion of the course Trainers will receive a Certificate of Recognition and become a registered Step-back Trainer.
Course Materials – all materials are provided in download format
Positive feedback from one of the first Step-back schools.
King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Abergavenny, Wales, have embraced the culture of Step-back. Read what Step-back Trainer Mel Maybank says on page 7 of the latest edition of the King Henry VIII School’s Additional Learning Needs Journal, ISSUE 02, Summer Term 2019
Step-back is copyright protected by Positive Eye Ltd
To be put in touch with your local Step-back Trainer or to find out more contact:
Step-back Co-ordinator at Positive Eye