Training Packages

Joseph Norton Academy offers a variety of training packages to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region including training on Restorative Practice and TeamTeach.  We are also proud to offer training on Our Amazing Brain through our partners at Mind Space in Barnsley.

If you would like information about this work, please contact Ruth Radcliffe via our Contact Page or Michelle Sault, Head of Extended Services, at Wellspring Academy Trust. 


Parent / Professionals Tours

If you would like to visit our school to find out more about the way we work, please contact Kate Gaunt, to book onto one of our tours.

Dates for 2017-2018 include the following:

  • 18th September
  • 13th November
  • 22nd January
  • 12th March
  • 30th April
  • 18th June

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Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 10th June, Joseph Norton will be opening its doors to the public as part of the national initiative 'Open Farm Sunday'.  It is a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to visit the school and discover first hand what it means to work on our farm, take care of the animals and produce the food we use in our school dinners.  

If you would like to attend this event, please register your interest in advance by filling out the form, which can be accessed here. Please note that access to the event and the farm is free of charge for those who have registered. There may be a charge for additional activities and refreshments.

For more information, please visit the official website and search for our school by location by clicking here.


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POLYVAGAL Theory 

13th October 2017

Ryan Gladwin, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for behaviour for learning, will be leading training on Polyvagal Theory and Trauma at Springwell Learning Community.  Please get in touch with Ryan for more information.  


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Full Day Conference

September 29th 2017

Joseph Norton Academy is proud to present Dr Margot Sunderland for a full day conference on:

Working effectively with traumatised children

Dr Sunderland will address both up-to-date psychological theories and the latest brain research on the effects of abuse and neglect. She will also give particular focus to the neuroscience of attachment disorders in light of the trauma of loss and separation.

Most importantly, Dr Sunderland will present a variety of effective interventions and evidence based programmes that overcome traumatic repetition. She will provide many tools, techniques and interventions right down to the specifics of how to be, what to say, and how to become ‘talkable to’, so that children and young people can feel safe enough to want to share and work through their traumatic experiences.

A light lunch and refeshments will be provided.

About Dr Margot Sunderland

Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over twenty years experience of working with children and families. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Originally she trained as a teacher working in secondary education for several years. She has also worked therapeutically with looked after children for nearly a decade. Additionally, Dr Sunderland was a member of the Early Years Commission, Centre for Social Justice, Westminster and co-author of the cross party advisory report The Next Generation (early years intervention).

Benefits of attending

  • Learn to recognise signs and symptoms of trauma in children
  • Gain a working knowledge for how a child can move from trauma to violence
  • Learn about the science of post-traumatic stress in children and young people
  • Learn how to recognise when persistent fighting or hurting points to post-traumatic stress
  • Know how to respond when children or young people cut off from their pain, dissociate or treat others as they have been treated
  • Take away key tools and techniques for dealing with a child’s acute stress states
  • Learn about the management of your own stress states and what is happening in your brain
  • Take away key tools and techniques for connecting with the child or young person who experiences the world as threatening and hostile
  • Learn about the relational events key for a child or young person to move from trauma to emotional well- being

This conference is aimed at education professionals who support pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.


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JNA's Annual TeachMeet

June 21st 2017

Join the staff team at Joseph Norton Academy for their third annual TeachMeet.  As part of this event, the staff will be sharing feedback on the research they have undertaken this year and the impact it has had on their classroom practice.  Topics include:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Engaging Families
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Nurture Practice
  • Sports Awards

For more information, or to book a place at the event, please contact Ruth Radcliffe at the school.