Friday, February 3, 2023

Thurrock teachers benefit from ADHD seminar

Thurrock focuses on ADHD

MORE than 70 practitioners from schools across the borough took part in a days training on understanding and managing ADHD, led by Colin Foley, training director at the ADHD Foundation.


The course covered what ADHD is and what it isn’t, how to recognise it in its different forms, co-morbidity and most importantly how to create an ADHD friendly classroom and practical, easy to implement strategies that can be used by teachers every day. Myths were dispelled, positives celebrated, and the latest ADHD research was explained.

One in 20 children are affected by the condition yet currently there is no compulsory training for teachers in the UK.

The course which usually costs around £175 per person was made possible by the fundraising efforts of a parent Claire Jones and a grant supplied by Thurrock CVS. Claire raised more than £3,000 by swimming 14km in the Thames securing enough money to train two local schools, one primary and one secondary and provide this borough wide course.

She will organise a similar course aimed at parents in November 2019.

Feedback from the course included:
“I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am that I was able to attend the course. It revolutionised my thinking about ADHD and gave me knowledge that I have already been sharing this morning. The information I gained has already helped staff understand the needs of children with ADHD. I am now a passionate advocate of everything I learnt on Friday and will do my very best to ensure my school is known as somewhere that supports children with ADHD and their parents too. It was one of the best training events I have ever had the privilege to attend. Thank you for your hard work to allow us to attend this amazing training free of charge!!!” Deputy Headteacher & Inclusion Manager

“Despite teaching for 9 years, I had a very basic awareness on ADHD.  This course inspired and enlightened me. It gave me more of an awareness of the condition and an understanding of not only WHAT it is but WHY children with ADHD act the way they do. It gave me many ideas to use back in my classroom and I can’t wait to improve the lives of these children. Thank you.” Class Teacher

“The course was not only insightful but an amazing opportunity to share information across professions.  The enthusiasm and energy in the room was remarkable.  I do not doubt that you have received 100% positive feedback; it was an extremely honourable, much needed and worthwhile event!” ADHD Nurse

“I have been a SENCO for over 10 years and I have to say it was one of the most beneficial courses I have ever attended.  Colin was an excellent facilitator and really interesting to listen to.  I already feel it will have an enormous impact on my practice and therefore the staff and children.” SENCO

“I thought the training was fantastic and I now have a much better understanding of ADHD. I have come away with a huge amount of knowledge and ideas that can be put in place at school, to help children who have ADHD. Thank you for providing such a wonderful course.” Learning Support Assistant

Any school interested in receiving this training in house should contact Colin Foley


  1. Long needed as one school in particular has not had the capabilities with some children with these issues, I have seen 3 very traumatised grandchildren put out of the school over the last 21/2 years, one lost 38 weeks schooling when he was sent home after being bullied which wasn’t dealt with and as it continued he retailiated, as he was on the school role he was deemed to have a school placement and in those 38 weeks saw 2 hours of education, well below the criteria given, now he has to travel as Thurrock seemingly has no schools that can help him at a big cost to the LA.

    Number 2 after 3 years and 4 months at the school (during that time almost daily exclusions, until intervention from psychologists, then from Sept to March none and suddenly after doing his SATS things went off the rails, which I felt was a change in the way the child was manaaged and now this) we were called to a meeting with SEN and the head teacher with a minutes secretary, the head advising we are putting him on part time hours as he is difficult to handle in the afternoons, its this permanent exclusion or transfer to another local school. After not really being given any real options, they are there to teach and should do so as they have been funded for his one to one through his school time, so we refused to go this route, so given permanent exclusion (on what grounds after 3 years and 4 months as he has struggled throughout) or a new school, it was obvious the head had a thing about my grandson and I took him out for the last 6 weeks of his primary schooling and placed him in his new school and what a difference, he became a different child almost overnight.

    then number 3 the then SENCO (now retired) announcing I propose he goes to another school (I said I would give it thought), this one is a bright boy who often gets bored quickly he doesn’t listen and sometimes refuses to work, but when he does he attains good levels, he has problems with blending in his speech, but thankfully a very understanding 1:1 who has helped him with his sounds, like all children he does have is moments, but is a very caring child who often gets helping hands stickers during his school the time we took number 2 to the new school we were told a place was there for number 3 in September.

    Given the way number 2 was transformed we elected to glo this route with number 3, this despite a number of staff and families believing this was harsh, but given the lack of commitment by the head to our children time to make a break.

    So there is a need to support our children and if this is a way forward lets hope for better.

  2. I think a lot of this so called ADHD is down to poor discipline and bad parenting..bring back the cane for those who disrupt the ones who want to learn.

  3. I wish it was that simple, I would probably agree with your thought process, but sadly we have lots of children like ours who have suffered at the hands of outside forces in their young lives, ours have faced every kind of abuse you could imagine and it will take them years to get over, if they ever do, they have made massive improvements, but in life very small steps.


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