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National SEND training

These CPD opportunities have been recommended by special school heads in other areas. We cannot confirm quality of the resources.

General SEND

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Disability matters learning packages Awareness raising and guidance for general best practice
Inclusive education

2 one hour sessions covering:

• what is inclusive education? 

• concepts that underpin inclusion 

• inclusive education in context

Education for all: disability, diversity and inclusionA 6 week programme requiring 3 hours of study a week to help the participant learn practical strategies for making education inclusive
Differentiation for learningA five week programme requiring 3 hours of study a week to help the participant improve their teaching through differentiation
Severe and Profound Learning Needs Complex NeedsTraining materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties
Inclusive TeachUseful for downloads and explanations as well as sensory stories, sensory play ideas, AAC games and communication resources

Specific conditions

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Condition specific videos from Whole School SEND backed by the DFEA dozen FREE different videos about different conditions from ADHD, Acquired Brain Injury, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Speech, Language and Communication Needs and Visual Impairment
Specific Conditions Open LearnFree learning from the Open University A large range of courses including Dyslexia, Attachment
Specific condition videos "The Centre for Education and Youth" YouTube videos covering issues including Autism, Physical Disability, dyspraxia, Acquired Brain injury, ADHD etc.

ADHD

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Understanding ADHD4 weeks (2 hours each week) from Kings college London

Autism

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Understanding Autism

The twilight Autism Education Trust (AET) course taught live but remotely by special school teachers 

Email [email protected] or ring 01252 544577 to book

AutismThe course explains how ideas about autism have evolved and explores diagnosis, causes, intervention and life-span development. Widely varying perspectives on autism are illustrated & key societal and cross-cultural issues highlighted
Good practice in Autism education4 weeks (3 hours each week) from the University of Bath 
Understanding Autism4 weeks (3 hours each week) from the University of Kent
Autism and the SensesA simple look at how people with autism can have sensory issues, how this affects them and what can be done to ameliorate the challenges

Down's Syndrome

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Down’s SyndromeOnline CPD This resource is essentially a number of links to advice, articles, downloads and blogs on the theme of Down’s Syndrome

Dyslexia

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DyslexiaMaking sense of Dyslexia – 3 modules
Understanding dyslexia

After the course you will be able to:

• identify & discuss issues that relate to the definition explanation & remediation of ‘abnormal’ psychological functioning 

• understand the complexities involved in identifying, explaining and managing dyslexia

Dyslexia awareness part one

One hour course 

The objectives are to empower teachers and parents to:

• understand dyslexia, both its strengths and challenges

• gain essential knowledge in how to recognize and support dyslexia 

• create a dyslexia-inclusive classroom 

• know when and where to seek further help 

Dyslexia awareness part 2 

1 hour course

The objectives are to empower teachers and parents to: 

• gain essential knowledge in how to support dyslexia in a general education setting 

• empower teachers to employ evidence-based practices to assist learners with dyslexia 

• build awareness of the impact dyslexia can have for students in different content areas, and other aspects of life 

• maximize the use of digital tools when and where it makes the most sense to meet diverse learning needs

Behaviour and Learning

 

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Managing behaviour for learning5 weeks (3 hours each week) of videos lectures and training from the STEM Centre A certified Course for Teachers
Teaching for good behaviour 

10 hours of study at an intermediate range helping you: 

• understand the links between lesson format and learning styles 

• understand quality lesson delivery and its links to good behaviour 

• experiment with new and innovative approaches to planning and teaching

Communication

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An introduction to speech, language and communicationA half day course from the Communication Trust
Introducing British Sign LanguagePlease note this is chargeable with a donation

Early Years

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Early Years webcasts20 Webcasts - covering topics such as early identification, role of the key person and the graduated approach
Early Years Mini-guides

these small booklets can be downloaded These cover the topics of: Children with medical needs: 

  • what schools and settings need to know 
  • identifying and Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years & Reception
Attachment in Early Years (Level 2)6 hours of study at an intermediate level from the Open University

Mental health and wellbeing

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Adverse Childhood ExperiencesACE’s On-line Learning – Early Trauma Online Learning Short introductory course with certificate 
Teaching students who have suffered complex traumaIn this course of two 1 hour sessions, you’ll get an introduction to what complex trauma is and how it affects young people’s development at school. You’ll understand the neuroscience behind the behaviours presented by students who have experienced complex trauma. You’ll learn how to apply trauma-informed strategies and policies that will minimise the risk to students and school staff
Support on a range of Anxiety and WellbeingUses videos and support documents and downloads for parents, carers and professionals as well as for the young people themselves
‘We all have mental health’A Scottish resource aimed specifically for teachers who wish to learn online
ACEs: Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences & Early Trauma Trainingfunded by the home office broken down into 7 short sections on this important topic – total duration less than 1 hour  
Developmental Trauma and therapeutic intervention resourcesFreely available articles and downloads around developmental trauma

Multisensory learning

 

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The Sensory Project (Joanna Grace)Includes links to a range of sensory activities that can be done at home. Aimed particularly at pupils with PMLD. She has set up a Covid 19 page alongside her regular project page 
Multi-sensory educationThis site sells CPD BUT when you enrol you get access to 3 free courses – An introduction to Multisensory teaching and learning, Rochford and Engagement and Resourceful teaching and learning 

Physical disability

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Raising Awareness of Physical Disability Level 1Level 1 consists of a few training modules, each an hour long, to raise awareness and understanding for those working in educational settings

Sensory processing and Occupational Therapy

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Sensory processingA short and illustrated guide to Sensory Processing, Co-ordination and attachment
Sensory processingA short video about building an obstacle course to aid regulation
Sensory processing1 hour Introductory training and videos – further courses are available but are chargeable
OT – Hand gym download and videoA download about hand use and a video

 

Last updated 07 May 2024