Special Educational Needs Courses
Blackford Centre for SEN
SEN Support Course
The 20 SEN Course Modules
1. What are special educational needs?
What are special educational needs (SEN)?
The SEN code of practice 2014
Signs that tell a child may have SEN
What qualities are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
What skills are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
2. Theory of special needs
History of special needs education
The inclusive approach to special needs education
3. The big picture of special educational needs provision
Codes of practice and other guidance
SEND Code of Practice
4. SEN provision in your school
The role of the SENCO
5. Observation, testing and assessment
Identifying pupils with SEN
Statementing – what does it involve?
Staffing and resourcing
6. Supporting dyslexia and literacy
What is dyslexia?
Signs that tell you a child may have dyslexia
Supporting children with dyslexia
7. Aiding speech and language difficulties
Types of speech and language difficulties
Signs that tell you a child may have speech and language difficulties
Supporting children with speech and language difficulties
8. Managing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
What are behavioural, emotional and social difficulties?
Signs that tell you a child may have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
Examples of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
9. Supporting autism and asperger syndrome
What are autism and asperger syndrome?
Signs that tell you a child may have ASD
Home based approaches and interventions
Supporting children with ASD in schools
What is ADHD?
Signs that tell you a child may have ADHD
Supporting children with ADHD at home and at school
11. Teaching talented and gifted children
How to identify talented and gifted children
Signs that tell you a child may be talented and gifted
Supporting talented and gifted children
12. Supporting blindness and visual impairment
What are blindness and visual impairment?
Signs that tell you a child may have vision problems
Supporting blind and visually impaired children in schools
13. Physical impairment and cerebral palsy
What is physical impairment?
What is cerebral palsy?
What is dyspraxia?
Signs that tell you a child may have physical difficulties
Supporting physically impaired children in schools
14. Deafness and hearing impairment
What is deafness?
Signs that tell you a child may have hearing problems
Hearing aids and other technologies
Supporting deaf children in schools
15. Intellectual difficulties
What are intellectual disabilities?
Signs that tell you a child may have an intellectual disability
Supporting children with intellectual disabilities
16. Dyscalculia and numeracy
What is dyscalculia?
Signs that tell you a child may have dyscalculia
Supporting children with dyscalculia
17. Using technology
Why use technology?
Using technology effectively
Types of technology – hardware
Types of technology – software
18. The different ages of the child
Early years education
19. Providing support at home and choosing the right school
Providing support at home
Mainstream or special school?
20. Finding a job in SEN
Applying for a job
Who to approach
What to include in your letter
Preparing for an interview
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