Viewing posts from: March 2020

16th – 20th March 2020

This week Centaur delivered their last face to face manual handling course before the Covid 19 lockdown began. It was held at Delamere School in Trafford and was a five day Handling People with Special Needs Education train the trainer masterclass course. We had a full course, with six participants attending, Adam Robinson from the host school. He was joined by Yvonne Cullen from The Bridge School in Islington, London, Nick Postill from Millstead School in Liverpool, Anne-Marie Connolly from Fox Wood School in Warrington and Heather Jackson and Elaine Logan both from Brentwood School also in Trafford.

It was a great five days with all the participants working hard despite the worry and concerns surrounding the Covid 19 situation and all achieved a pass at the end of the five days with Heather awarded a pass with merit, Well done.

My training was informative, helpful and I learnt so much on this course. It was very interesting, made me evaluate and it was also made fun to keep my attention. There were a lot of practical activities to draw on and reflect of how we look at ourselves, our bodies and safe manual handling practices and techniques.” – Anne-Marie Connolly, Teaching Assistant, Fox Wood School

I loved this course from start to finish. I cam in second guessing myself and now I leave with a bit more confidence” – Elaine Logan, Teaching Assistant, Brentwood School

9th March 2020

Warmley Park School 9 March 20

The second course this week was another one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher workshop, this time for Warmley Park School in Wiltshire. We had five participants for this course, Kim McNamara and Helen Wilshire both from Warmley Park School, they were joined by Amanda Humphreys and Lynne Davies both from Larkrise School also in Wiltshire and Sarah Keirle from Reflect. It was a busy and productive day spent refreshing the Key Trainers on the basic theory and practical behind safe moving and handling and also including risk assessments, safe sling and hoist use and equipment.


City of York Council Refresher Workshop

This weeks first course was a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation workshop on the 6th March, held at Hob Moor Oaks School in York. The day was spent covering a number of areas identified by the five Key Trainers attending on the day, including legislation updates and risk assessment checks. The trainer said that the group were tested hard and that they demonstrated great strengths and are a credit to their school. The five Key Trainers who attended the day were Stacey Cussans and Sarah Sinnott both from Hob Moor Oaks Academy and they were joined by Anne Atkinson, Melissa Ashton and Catherine Patrick all from Applefields School, also in York.

Ealing London Borough Council

This week (4th – 6th March 2020) Jan spent three days with two staff from Ealing London Borough Council to train them on the Load Management Theory & Client Handling Techniques train the trainer masterclass course. As both participants, Elizabeth Leader and Elizabeth Masuku, passed the three day course they can now go on to deliver manual handling training to staff throughout the course as and where necessary and create and complete risk assessment forms.

Ealing Borough Council 4-6 March 2020

Left to Right: Elizabeth, Jan (Centaur Trainer) & Liz.

Refresher Evaluation Workshop

On the 2nd March 2020, Centaur trainer Jackie traveled to Brookfield School in West Berkshire to deliver a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation workshop. It was a busy day working with five Key Trainers all who had previously attended and passed the five day Handling People with Special Needs Education Masterclass course. Jackie said ” great day with knowledgeable people, relaxed and friendly”.

Attending the course we had Helen Thurgood and Ola Tarczynska both from Brookfield School, they were joined by Karen Charles from John Chilton School in Ealing, Tania Hemstock from Addington School in Wokingham and Susy Roberts from Uplands School in Swindon.

Brookfield School 2 Mar 20