Our CPD offer

As Alternative Provision practitioners, we have a wealth of expertise built from many years supporting young people with managing and improving their behaviour. As such, we can offer a range of bespoke and pre-developed specialist training as outlined below. Our training is suitable for all sectors and phases. We fundamentally believe in developing our staff into future leaders. We are therefore delighted to able to offer both the NPQSL and NPQML from this year. Please follow the links for more information on our CPD offer and address any queries to our head of TSA,

Our CPD Offer:-

Completing NPQML/SL

Are you an aspiring leader or new to a leadership role? We deliver the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) across Warrington and North-West England, Cambridgeshire and London.

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Mental Health First Aid

One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.

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YMHFA – Two Day course (London, Warrington, Cambridgeshire)

We have a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer on our team who can deliver the two day MHFA England qualification.
Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. 

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Bespoke Mental Health training

Our trained team of SLEs can provide twilight or daytime CPD sessions to meet your in-house needs.

For more information contact tsa@tbap.org.uk

Trauma-Informed Approaches

Our trainers can provide full day, half-day or Twilight sessions grounded in practical strategies for developing trauma-informed schools and classrooms. Our training is based around fully tested research within the AP sector over a period of 20 years.

For further information please see:
Our Kaleidoscope curriculum model

CPD Pathways

TBAP CPD Pathways (outlined below) are a series of 2 hour specialist training sessions which run throughout the year. These sessions are led by specialist practitioners, skilled in working with young people with additional social, emotional and mental health needs. You are free to follow a pathway throughout all three sessions or mix and match as you like.

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Completing NPQM/SL



Are you an aspiring leader or new to a leadership role? We deliver the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) across Warrington and North-West England, Cambridgeshire and London.


These qualifications are nationally recognised and have made a significant difference to the career development of previous participants. There may be the opportunity for fully funded places. Please contact jappleton@tbap.org.uk to express interest and explore these opportunities further. 

MHFA – ONE day Course (London, Cambridgeshire, Warrington)



One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.

As an Alternative Provision provider, we support learners with significant additional health needs on a daily basis. From talking with many of our commissioners and partners, it is clear that education professionals are dealing with mental health concerns on an increasingly regular basis.

Our 1 day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course (Level 2 -accredited by RQF) is for anyone who works with or supports young people. We train adults to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer mental health first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

Our 1 day course was hosted on 22nd January 2019 - please email for details of any further dates or to request this training on an inset day

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YMHFA – Two Day course (London, Warrington, Cambridgeshire)


We have a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer on our team who can deliver the two day MHFA England qualification.

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. 
Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues 
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing 


What to expect
We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. 
Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.
Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a badge and certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Please email for details of training dates or to request this training in-house

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CPD Pathways


TBAP CPD Pathways (outlined below) are a series of 2 hour specialist training sessions which run throughout the year. These sessions are led by specialist practitioners, skilled in working with young people with additional social, emotional and mental health needs. You are free to follow a pathway throughout all three sessions or mix and match as you like.

These sessions are Twilight (2pm-4pm) and hosted at TBAP centres across three regions. They are useful, pay-as-you-go sessions which can address key areas of need in your setting.

Pathway 1:

Assessment - KS3/4

Session 1 - Pupil Asset recording/ tracking progress This session will explore TBAP models of assessment including Progress 4.

Session 2 – Effective data analysis and reporting - how can we show that our learners are making progress both on a whole school and individual basis? What do we then do with this data as leaders to ensure learners make the best possible progress? Session 3 - Review and action planning – following on from the previous session, you will have the opportunity to review actions taken, share good practice and develop further actions to further refine assessment practice in schools

Assessment KS1/2

Session 1 – Utilising the Behaviour for Learning assessment tool – making it meaningful and embedding it into classroom practice

Session 2 – Primary Assessment – case study: How PUMA and PIRA can be utilised effectively. How this supports learner progress.

Session 3 - Review and action planning – following on from the previous session, you will have the opportunity to review actions taken, share good practice and develop further actions to further refine assessment practice in schools

Pathway 2:

Behaviour

Session 1 - Trauma informed approaches – What are trauma informed approaches and how can you utilise them in your schools and classrooms? This session will offer practical, tried and tested solutions. Session 2 - Developing Successful Learner Mindsets – Exploring the mindsets that can prevent learners from achieving in school and developing strategies of how to effectively overcome them. Session 3 - Restorative approaches - Schools may use restorative approaches as part of a planned response to relationship and/or discipline difficulties. This is a more effective response than traditional punishments. Learn how restorative approaches can change the emotional atmosphere in a school and lead to more positive relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.

Pathway 3:

Literacy Session 1 - Interpreting literacy data for use in the classroom - A session aimed at increasing your understanding of the data we gather and how you can support different learner profiles. Session 2 - Creating a bank of literacy resources for your subject - A workshop session to support the implementation of our holistic RAG skills; vocabulary, oral communication, spelling, reading (decoding), reading (comprehension, presentation, handwriting, sentence structure, punctuation and active listening. Session 3 - A practical guide to our most successful literacy interventions - The key components of Phonics, Guided Reading and the Handwriting booklet and how you can incorporate their strategies in your classroom.

Pathway 4:

SEND Session 1 - ASD friendly approaches – this session will explore the challenges faces by our learners on the autistic spectrum and provide practical strategies for supporting them in the classroom. Session 2 - Planning lessons and provision/ interventions to meet needs of SEMH - Using EHCPs to personalise planning) (Session1) Session 3 - Planning lessons and provision/ interventions to meet needs of SEMH (Session 2) Review impact Practical workshop share best practice

Pathway 5:

Leadership Session 1 - What is effective line management? – This session will explore what effective line management looks like. How do you hold people to account? What staff development models can you put into place? Session 2 - Developing your strategic leadership – How do you develop your own leadership skills? How do you move from the operational to the Strategic? How do you develop capacity as a leader? Session 3 - Working as an effective SLT: How do you get buy in from your team? Change management models, working effectively as an SLT team.

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