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"In the Learning in Harmony Trust, we work in harmony to achieve excellence for all. We live and breathe our values and focus on doing things the right way, providing the perfect environment for all our children to flourish and succeed. And with a diverse range of schools in two contrasting locations, we offer a unique opportunity for professionals looking for a challenging and rewarding career in a supportive, creative and forward-thinking environment."
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JFK Special School

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Staff training & CPD

At JFK we pride ourselves on our CPD for all staff which is indicated by our CPD Award

Compliance and Safety

Health &  Safety training

The Learning in Harmony Trust have purchased online training from Judicium.  Staff have access to a range of online training courses covering different aspects of Health and Safety.

These include  Fire Safety and Fire Warden, Stress Management and Legionella Awareness.  The courses are being rolled out to different staff at different times.  The expectation is that all staff complete the following courses during their induction period.

Fire Safety

Stress Management

Health & Safety at Work (Basics)

Working at Heights (Basics)

Manual Handling (Basics)

Governors have also completed the Health & Safety course for Governors

Safeguarding Training

All staff have completed Safeguard Training based on the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 provided by Safeguard and have regular in house updates.  Staff have also completed online training for the 2018 changes.

Most Senior Staff have completed Designated Safeguarding Lead training and conduct regular briefings to all staff.

Safer Recruitment

Most of the Senior Staff have completed Safer Recruitment training and at least 2 are on any interview panel.

Epilepsy Management

At JFK we have a rolling programme to ensure that sufficient staff are able to administer various types of epilepsy medication and to deal with different types of seizures following the student's care plan.  We currently have over 30 trained members of staff.

First Aid

There are several staff who have completed various levels of First Aid Courses including paediatric and First Aid at Work.    We operate a rolling programme of renewal and re-accreditation.

Midas and Minibus training

At JFK we ensure that all minibus drivers have completed the Midas training to ensure that they are familiar with and confident to drive our minibuses.

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulations

The Headteacher, Julie Newman and Chair of Governors, Devina Laskar have both completed workshops introducing the new regulations and how they affect schools.Several other senior staff have completed different courses about GDPR.

All staff have completed an online GDPR awareness training course provided by Educare.

We now require that any temporary staff have completed a GDPR awareness session.

Google Online Training

Staff are using the online training programs developed especially for Learning in Harmony Trust 1-2-3 Go

they earn virtual badges for the completion of each section.   All staff will complete the Introduction Level and can then choose further options as they like.

Personal Training

Front of House

The Reception Office Staff travelled to other schools within the Trust for Front of House Training.  They all found this very useful in different ways. The more senior staff found it helpful to affirm that there were doing things well and the new staff learned how important their role is in presenting the 'face of JFK Special School' to the world.

Millie said "I would recommend the course as it help me learn how to prioritise and deal with different people"

Optimus Financial Efficiency Workshops

The SBM went to a series of workshops about Financial efficiency in the education sector hosted by Optimus Education.  These were very useful as it encouraged bench-marking of processes with other similar school settings and not just those within the Trust.

Curriculum & Teacher Development

Rebound Therapy 'Train the Trainers' programme

"Hi Harriet, Josephine and Sandra,

Congratulations on completing ‘Train the Trainers’!

Our team have gone through the updates you each provided for the Distance Learning Module work, and can confirm that all aspects have now been signed off as complete.

Paul said that your presentations yesterday at Valence School were outstanding.

Paul will generate your Rebound Therapy Level 1 (in-house) Tutor certification this afternoon. 

Your certificates will be sent via first class post to Diane Rochford, we will ask her to countersign and present them to you. 

Very well done, and good luck with running your first Level 1 Rebound Therapy training course at JFK Special School, whenever that may be.

Keep in touch.

Kind regards,"

Lois Brooks

The official UK body and international consultancy for Rebound Therapy
Responsible for the development and delivery of the genuine accredited and approved staff training courses
With founder Eddy Anderson

Social Stories

Halima attended a one-day course to learn about the importance of social stories and how to write an effective one.  Social stories are deigned to change student's views on a particular concept rather than change a student's behaviour.  It is essential to gather relevant information before writing a social story as the information will effect the content of the story.  There are guidelines that need to be adhered to in order to write a social story that will have the greatest impact on the student.


We run a printmaking twilight training session at JFK Beckton. We have had a semi-professional printing press in Beckton for some time now. The learners enjoy printing as it is a close-ended process with clear steps and final product, artwork they can display in school or take home with them. Printmaking not only supports the development of our pupils' creative selves, it is a great vehicle to learn communication or maths, as well as to work as part of a team.