LASER Course Details

The LASER programme is made up of a 2-day workshop, facilitated fully by in-house coaching by a Studio 3 trainer with years of experience. This enables the training to be specifically tailored to each school and educational setting as required. This applies for mainstream schools and specialist provisions, and can be personalised to a wide range of settings. The course can also be customised by commission to focus on particular areas of concern for the setting, for example if reducing restrictive practice is a key goal, or developing inclusive pedagogy, or a focus on whole-school systems.

The course is 2 days in duration, with ongoing supervision and coaching, and is divided into 3 distinctive blocks: 

  1. An Introduction to Whole School Approaches

  2. Applying Low Arousal Approaches with Positive Practice

  3. A Focus on Stress and Well-being

This programme will be quite exclusive in nature and requires a long-term commitment to the programme. Our goal at Studio 3 is to implement training 'systems', and cultivate real change across the entire school.

This course is available on request for your school or organisation. To arrange a consultation, please contact our office by emailing info@studio3.org or calling 01225 334 111. 

Developing inclusive pedagogy and culture through training, support and reflective practice.

Key Concepts

This course is evidence-based but with a strong experiential focus. The key concepts and models on which this course is founded are:​

The PERMA Model - A positive psychological stress and well-being approach

Co-production – Creating a school-wide focus on well-being with the assistance of parents, carers and guardians

The Saturation Model – whole-school responses to supporting autistic young people

Low Arousal Approaches – De-escalation and crisis management within school settings

Reflective Practice - Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

What does this course include?

The LASER programme is a cost-effective method of making a real difference in schools, and creating calm, low arousal environments for optimal learning to the benefit of all students. Our goal is to change the narrative about crisis management, and to prevent restrictive practices being used in any school setting as a means of managing behaviour. By creating systemic change within school cultures, we aim to reduce tension and potential risk factors as a result of reduced institutional stress.

The goal of this course is to foster organisational and environmental resilience by providing an understanding of arousal and emotional regulation, and how stress and dysregulation can lead to instances of challenging behaviour. With this core understanding in place, it is then possible to monitor the environment and stress levels of staff and pupils alike to create calm, low arousal environments which are optimal for learning. Our aim is to create ‘low arousal schools’ in which autistic and non-autistic students may thrive together, as part of an inclusive support system.

The LASER Programme has a strong research base facilitated by practical experience, which can be adapted for a wide range of educational settings, from mainstream schools  to home schooling. This course provides an academic understanding of key theories related to autism, challenging behaviour and arousal mechanisms, including:

  • The Saturation Model

  • Low Arousal Approaches

  • The PERMA model of Positive Psychology

  • Co-Production

  • Stress and Arousal

  • Meta-cognition and Self-regulation

  • Reflective Practice

This course will deal with key areas of research and theory such as stress, understanding arousal, meta-cognition, and the saturation model. There will also be a practical focus on reducing restrictive practices, implementing low arousal approaches with positive practice and excellence in de-escalation and the prevention of behaviours of concern. Overall, there is a strong focus on the importance of stress reduction and well-being for all members of the school community – including staff, parents and pupils. The individual elements of the programme can be customised based on the individual needs of the school or organisation. For example, a focus on restraint reduction may be a key area of concern for one school, but less necessary for another. As such, the contents and focus of the course can be adapted based on the requirements of the organisation or school in question.

'What is the saturation model?' and other questions are answered here:

Ongoing Support and Supervision

As part of the commitment to developing outstanding practitioners, the LASER Programme offers ongoing supervision and support for delegates, through a blend of coaching, reflective practice and additional support materials. 

Future Developments

Following from the initial Core Programme, a Train the Trainers Programme will focus on teaching in-house staff to deliver the LASER Programme, and to support supervision and reflective practice with ongoing support from the Studio 3 team. This will be available towards the end of 2020 onwards. Details will be available shortly.

The LASER Programme is available throughout the UK and internationally from January 2020. A Promotional Training Launch will be held in Stockport from January 20th-21st and is available to book for a low cost now! The first day will focus on the core elements and delivery of the programme, with workshops on the second day.

 

Contact our office at info@studio3.org or call 01225334111 to register your interest now.

Applying for the LASER Programme

If you are interested in finding out more about how the LASER Programme could benefit your school or educational organisation, please contact our office. Courses are provided on an individualised, opt-in basis, such that interested parties may apply to be considered, pending a consultation with the training team and analysis of sustainability. 

We seek to implement training 'systems' rather than deliver one-off training to schools, which means that successful applicants for the LASER programme will already have in place philosophies and practice which compliment a low arousal approach to inclusive pedagogy. In schools where there is more resistance from staff teams and management regarding our training philosophies, we may suggest undergoing preliminary 'Studio 3 Educational Training' prior to the delivery of the LASER Programme. 

In order to evaluate the extent of each individual schools' training needs, we have developed a short questionnaire to help determine the nature and urgency of your school's requirements. Please fill out the form below and attach the completed version in an introductory email to info@studio3.org, where your request will be processed by our training team. 

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