Professional Development News: Learner Support

 “One of the best CPD courses I have ever been involved in.” Participant Evaluator, vMCB Pilot, June 2013.

vmcb logo for blogManaging Challenging Behaviour (vMCB) is a new course delivered entirely online using a combination of live, interactive classroom sessions and on-going coursework.

If you’ve ever wondered how psychological theory informs the practical, day-to-day strategies used to manage behaviour – this is the course for you!

Aimed at learning facilitators from a range of support settings, (e.g. learning assistants, mentors, teaching staff, employability coaches) the course costs £270 and is delivered over 9 sessions for a period of 3 months.

The next scheduled vMCB course starts in January 2014, but may be available sooner if you have a group of employees or colleagues ready to start.

vESW_logoIf you can’t wait till January to begin eLearning with BRITE, how about starting with our course Educational Support Workers: Professionalism in Practice (vESW) which runs Sept-Dec 2013?

vESW is a practical course, suitable for professionals who are involved in facilitating learning for individuals with additional support needs. The first vESW session is on 17th September 2013, so if you intend to apply for this course, act now!

By completing both these courses, you achieve a Professional Development Award in Learner Support, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Apply now at

Managing challenging behaviour in a support setting

studentsLater this year, we’ll be launching a new course which has been developed with input from educational psychologists. The unit is designed to enable learning facilitators/assistants to better manage the behaviour of learners within a support setting, through the understanding of types of behaviour and influences within the learning environment.

This accredited course may be studied either as a standalone unit, or as part of a professional development award in Learner Support. Register your interest now at to receive notifications of start dates and fees, as they’re announced.

Have your say by letting us know your key concerns regarding behavior, either in confidence by email to the lead course developer, or more generally, in the comments section here (removing identifying information as appropriate).

Training opportunities for Communication Support Workers and Educational Interpreters

nated logoPersonal Development session for Classroom Assistants/Communication Support Workers using British Sign Language to support D/deaf students

Saturday 2nd February 2013 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Hub, Deaf Links in Dundee city centre £35 for Non Members (£25 for Nated Members)

Nated Scotland has designed this 1 day workshop specifically for people who work as CSWs and Educational Interpreters within further and higher education settings.

Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate what they do day-to-day in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. By discussing dilemmas, coping strategies and complexities of the job, your knowledge and awareness of the job will increase and you will leave the session with tools you can use in your own workplace.

To book your place, email or any of the other NATED Scotland Committee members. Contact details for the committee and more information about the content of the workshop can be found at

“It gives much-deserved recognition to a very challenging role”

Our SQA-accredited course Educational Support Worker: Professionalism in Practice begins in October.

Due to a high uptake of our offer to deliver the course in-house to specific institutions, there are no places available on the face-to-face version of the course.

However, individuals are welcome to apply for the remaining places on the virtual version of the course: vESW. Choose this option, and along with the convenience and flexibility of studying online, you’ll achieve exactly the same qualification as those attending in person.

Still not sure if vESW for you? Here’s what a previous participant had to say…

My experience in participating on the vESW course was positive. I really enjoyed the activities and discussions without it eating too much into my working day.

All of the online sessions were very well organised and informative. The main highlight for me was the self reflection. Very rarely to do you get the chance to actually reflect on your role and what works well or could be even better.

Also, the course created a platform that allowed you to exchange experiences with others. I have made changes to the way I work with students and what I would advise others. I found the note taking and proofreading of particular benefit.

The course improved my confidence and most definitely added value to my role. Thank you BRITE for creating the opportunity to gain a qualification that is specific to this role that encourages, outlines and promotes good practice and high standards. It gives much-deserved recognition to a very challenging role.

Find out more about the course and apply online on our website.

Thanks to Julie McHoul for giving us permission to share her feedback. Julie participated in vESW during the 2011/2012 session. She works at Ayr College where she is an Education Support Advisor.

Having to make your CPD budget stretch further…

…but still keen to access high quality, accredited training for as many staff as possible?  BRITE’s new in-house training option could be the best option for your organisation.

If your college or university hosts the training and 12 of your staff are interested in undertaking the same accredited course, BRITE can bring the training to you and deliver the programme on any weekday at a time to suit you (including twilight and evening).

You have the added flexibility of negotiating the frequency of the training (e.g. weekly, fortnightly. etc.) and – perhaps the best news of all – the cost per head is almost half that of registering individual candidates for the same programme.  Here’s an example:

College “A” decides to host the course Professionalism in Practice for Educational Support Workers and 12 college staff are interested in undertaking the same accredited training.  The course is completed in one semester and the college decides which day of the week it takes place, opting in this instance for twilight delivery.  The total cost for all 12 staff would be just £3,000 (only £250 per head).

Contact us if you would like to discuss the discounts we can offer for the in-house delivery of any of our SQA accredited courses.

Host a BRITE seminar and receive free training for your employees

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in hosting a seminar during the next academic session.

In exchange for providing facilities and refreshments, you’ll receive a minimum of 6 free places on the seminar for your employees. We provide the seminar content, teaching staff, marketing, and admin.

If your institution would be interested in hosting one of the following seminars, please get in touch with our training manager, Niall, at

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Educational Support Workers: Professional Development Opportunities

Educational Support Workers perform a vital role in education, and opportunities to acknowledge and develop ESW skills are vital in an inclusive environment.

BRITE now offers an accredited in-depth course, specifically tailored to the professional development needs of those working in a support role. This course, Educational Support Worker: Professionalism in Practice, is offered both online and face-to-face. Full details can be found on our website.

For those of you seeking a brief introduction to the key skills involved in educational support work, we are offering two half day seminars on this topic. If after attending one of these seminars you decide to progress onto the formal ESW: Professionalism in Practice course (commencing autumn 2012) you’ll receive a 10% discount on the fee. Full details of these seminars follow…

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