Training for Schools

Positive Inclusion for Pupils with Down Syndrome

We are a registered charity set up to support children and young people with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, their families and the professionals who support them.

We offer a range of training sessions for schools to support the inclusion of individual children and young people with Down Syndrome.

Our training is delivered by qualified teachers who have been SENCos and are also experienced Advisory Teachers. Our standard training packages are listed below.

We can also tailor training packages and longer sessions to the individual needs of your school. Please contact the ‘Ups and Downs Southwest’ office to arrange this.

Down Syndrome Awareness Training

Behaviour Support for pupils with Down Syndrome

We offer an initial one hour Staff Meeting, to raise awareness of the issues Down Syndrome brings for a child in relation to their school and their education. This session outlines the specific learning profile and provides practical strategies for overcoming barriers to learning. This opportunity enables the school and the trainer to look at other more specific needs the school may have and to plan for future training should it be needed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of this training.

Up to 10 staff


10-25 staff


A one hour session for professionals supporting pupils with Down Syndrome. We will look at the possible triggers for behaviours and practical ideas for making a positive change. This training is based on the book ‘Supporting Positive Behaviour in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome’ by David Stein.

Up to 10 staff


10-25 staff


Reading and Language Support

Introductory talk to a class or Assembly

Our experienced team can offer training on the best way to support reading and language using the evidenced-based ‘See and Learn’ programmes, produced by Down Syndrome Education International.

One Hour

A new pupil starting who has Down Syndrome? We can deliver a 30-minute talk to a class or assembly to help prepare the children for meeting their new classmate, and let them know what they can do to help them to settle into a new school.

30 Minutes


Individual pupil support


To help include individual pupils and meet their educational needs we can offer half-day support. This will include

  • An observation of the pupil in the class.
  • A written record of the visit with recommendations and advice.
  • Verbal feedback and advice to key staff on possible strategies and materials to use.

A follow up visit for support and advice

Three Hours


One Hour


Travel Costs will be charged at – 

Per Mile

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‘Thank you to you! You have made a huge difference to school life for (pupil) and thanks to you he has achieved so much more and will continue to do so.

I am so grateful for all your help, you gave me the confidence and support I needed’.  

LSA - Somerset Primary School

To discuss this training further, please contact either or or ring the office on 01278 691100