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Why choose this course?: 

Do you want to feel confident about teaching learners with special educational needs?

Enjoy the support of an expert British Council tutor in this online moderated training course and discover how to deal with a range of learning challenges students can face.

Start date: 
19 November 2019
36 hours/12 weeks
Professional Practices: 
Understanding learners, Using inclusive practices
Who it's for: 

Teachers who work in both mainstream primary or secondary schools, teachers working in language academies, and teachers with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of working with students who have specific educational needs.


In this 12-week online course, you will be guided by our expert tutors through a series of awareness-raising activities, group discussions, live webinars and practical tasks which will help you develop your understanding of and ability to deal with a number of different learner needs in the classroom. By the end of the course, you will be better equipped to provide a fully-inclusive learning environment for all your students. 

Now in its third year, this course has helped more than 400 teachers worldwide to develop their skills in this very important aspect of education and teaching, to make sure that all their students are learning in an inclusive and dynamic classroom environment. 

Each week, you will develop your skills in a different area:

Week 1: Getting started (Introductions, collaborative tools, reflective practice)

This is a chance to familiarise yourself with the online platform, meet your tutor and other participants during a live webinar and find out what you will be expected to do in terms of contributing to forum discussions and assignments.

Week 2: Understanding Special Educational Needs (Introduction to SEN, Models for SEN, Differentiation)

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the topic of special educational needs in the mainstream classroom. You'll gain an overall understanding of the topic, consider the issues which arise for the teacher and learner, and gain some practical tips for creating an inclusive classroom.

Week 3: Dyslexia

This module looks at the special educational needs of children with dyslexia and how these needs impact on their learning. You'll explore a variety of factors which affect the way a child with dyslexia learns. You'll discover the signs which help identify learners with dyslexia and understand the implications for teaching them, as well as looking at a number of case studies.

Week 4: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This module looks at the special educational needs of learners with ADHD, and how these needs impact on their learning. You will raise your awareness of the social, emotional, behavioural and learning needs of learners with ADHD in your classrooms and consider three frameworks for understanding the behaviour of a learner diagnosed with ADHD. You will also consider how the English curriculum can help learners with ADHD develop social and learning skills and gain teaching strategies for supporting learners with ADHD in the classroom and around the school.

Week 5: Engaging with SEN - dyspraxia

In this module, you'll look at the special educational needs of children with dyspraxia and how these needs impact on their learning. You will explore some of the issues faced by learners with dyspraxia, find out more about how to support your learners with dyspraxia, gain teaching strategies for supporting the learner with dyspraxia in the classroom and consider some activities which help learners with dyspraxia develop new skills.

Week 6: Engaging with SEN - visual, hearing and physical impairment

This module looks at the specific educational needs of children with visual, hearing or physical impairments and give tips on how to include these learners in your classroom. You will acquire information about visual, hearing and physical impairments, consider the issues from both a learner's and a teacher's perspective and learn a number of teaching strategies to include learners with physical impairments in your classroom.

Week 7: Gifted and talented learners

This module explores the different ways people think that children are gifted and talented. You'll be introduced to some classroom activities and strategies which help to engage gifted and talented children, make them feel valued and give them the appropriate academic challenge. You'll consider the issues faced by gifted and talented learners, investigate the different types of gifted and talented learners and consider a range of effective strategies for helping gifted and talented learners to reach their full potential.

Week 8: Inclusive assessment approaches

In this module, you'll learn about inclusive assessment and get ideas about ways to recognise a learner's special educational needs. In this first unit, the focus will be on recognising those special educational needs, before you consider the approaches you can take to assessment with these learners in Unit 2 and 3. You'll assemble a set of checklists to determine if a learner needs further referral to assess for possible special educational needs, reflect on the difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning and gain a range of strategies to include pupils in their own assessments, as well as considering assessment methods that take into account learners' different learning preferences.

Week 9: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

This module introduces the special educational needs of learners on the autism spectrum, and the impact of that on their learning and behaviour.  You'll find out more about how ASD affects learning, consider the impact of ASD on a child's experience of school, identify some of the causes of challenging and difficult behaviour sometimes shown by learners with ASD, consider a range of appropriate strategies for working with learners with ASD and understand the value of identifying and working with the ASD learner's strengths.

Week 10: Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

In this module you'll look at the special educational needs of learners with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBDs). You will reflect on the possible underlying causes of SEBDs, gain an understanding of the emotional and learning needs of learners with SEBDs, reflect on the importance of managing your own emotional and physical state when teaching learners with SEBDs and develop strategies for managing learners with SEBDs in the classroom.

Week 11: Speech and language

In this module you'll look at the special educational needs of learners with speech and language difficulties and how these needs impact on their learning. You will learn about the different types of speech and language difficulties, consider the issues from both a learner's and a teacher's perspective, gain an understanding of the most important issues for a learner with speech and language difficulties, and learn practical strategies for teaching a learner with speech and language difficulties.

Week 12: Multicultural influences

 In this module, you'll consider some of the issues around multilingualism and language learning. This module will raise your awareness of the issues and implications of multilingualism and multiculturalism on learning and help you to identify your own attitudes and beliefs about teaching multilingual and multicultural learners. You will identify some of the characteristics of multiculturalism and multilingualism, understand some of the linguistic, social and emotional, and cultural issues which may inhibit learning, identify some of the areas of the curriculum which could challenge the multilingual or multicultural learner and develop a set of teaching strategies that will engage and encourage learners and provide a platform for learning for multicultural and multilingual learners.

Price: £250 (British pounds)

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Level of English required: 
Minimum CEF level B1
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