School of Education

  • SEN

    The  National Association for Special Educational Needs  (NASEN) website is a good starting point to find out more information on special educational needs training and CPD. You will find links to all major SEN policy and discussions on the new reforms to SEN policy and practice which will be implemented from 1st September 2014.

    Nasen also publishes two journals:

    • Support for Learning
    • Special Child

    which can both be found in hard copy in Harcourt Hill library and also on the electronic database.

    Also on the nasen website are the training materials below on high incidence special educational needs. Use the links below to access.

    Inclusion Development Programme (IDP)

    The  Inclusion Development Programme  (IDP) is part of the government’s strategy to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs and was first outlined in Removing Barriers to Achievement.

    Advanced training materials for autism; dyslexia; speech, language and communication; emotional, social and behavioural difficulties; moderate learning difficulties.

    These training materials were commissioned in response to a Government recommendation, following the Lamb Inquiry (2009).

    The materials consist of five learning modules, each of which focuses on one of the above areas of special educational needs and disability (SEND).

    Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties

    The training materials cover the following areas of special educational needs (SEN) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND):

    • Severe learning difficulties (SLD)
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
    • Complex learning difficulties and disabilities (CLDD)

    They are presented in 16 modules within four subject groups and look into topics such as communication and interaction, the context of specialist teaching, insights from neuroscience, working with families, and the legislation around SEND.

    Click  here for the web link to the latest online resources on SEN from the government following the Lamb Inquiry (DCSF 2009). There are 5 modules and they are described as ‘advanced modules of study’ but they are very clear and accessible. They are designed to support teachers in mainstream schools who wish to gain advanced and specialist skills for teaching pupils with:

    • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
    • Moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
    • Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD)
    • Dyslexia or specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
    • Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

    Click  here for a useful resource list that has been produced by the Higher Education Academy.