Why study with us?
This Level 5 course is designed for teachers and TAs who wish to offer specialist help to children with the five most commonly encountered specific learning difficulties in mainstream schools. Successful students will be able to identify and support children with a variety of specific learning difficulties, plan and implement a programme of remediation, interpret Educational Psychologist’s reports, liaise with school staff, parents and local authorities and prepare individual education plans.
The SENCo Support Course is a thirty week on-line course divided into three terms which may be started at three points during the academic year to suit the student. Progress will be monitored by termly assessment including an essay on one of the specific learning difficulties studied during the term as well as a practical assignment such as the creation of a game or activity for one of their pupils.
With a high student /tutor ratio every student is assured of support and encouragement in an uncritical environment which emulates the atmosphere we hope students will foster in their own classrooms once they are qualified. The course forum offers the opportunity to share ideas and concerns with your tutors and fellow students and is regularly updated with topical information and news as well as academic support.
The SENCO Course
Most courses focus predominantly on dyslexia but with an increase in the number of children diagnosed with dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome a course which offers its students both theoretical and practical solutions to these different learning styles is essential.
A variety of multi-sensory learning techniques and methods are employed on the course including lecture notes, videos, audios and Youtube presentations.
The SENCo Support Course is designed for people who may be returning to teaching after bringing up a family, Teaching Assistants and those who are looking for a new career. Parents of children diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty will find the course enables them to better understand the nature of their child’s difficulties and show them ways in which they can support their child’s education. Students do not need to be teachers but must demonstrate a level of education commensurate with the academic content of the course.
Based on sound theoretical principles the SENCo Support Course is also one of the most practical and offers students a battery of different teaching methods and techniques. One of the two termly assignments is the creation of a game or activity for a child with a specific learning difficulty which will be tested in the classroom and offer the opportunity for feedback on the course forum.
With schools under increasing pressure to provide an individual education plan for every child with special needs in order to comply with the Code of Practice and address the concerns of parents, an inclusive training course is crucial to teachers and TAs being able to provide the best outcomes for their pupils.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who wants to further their knowledge regarding a career in the SEN world.
The SENCo Course is designed for people who may be returning to teaching after bringing up a family, Teaching Assistants and those who are looking for a new career. Parents of children diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty will find the course enables them to better understand the nature of their child’s difficulties and show them ways in which they can support their child’s education. Students do not need to be teachers but must demonstrate a level of education commensurate with the academic content of the course.
- The history of special needs in Britain.
- The Code of Practice, the law and ethical issues.
- Study skills.
- Study of normal developmental milestones.
- Psychology of normal development.
- Developmental/Acquired dyslexia.
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders / Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties.
- Enhancing memory.
- Wechsler Intelligence Scales.
- Assessment tools.
- Classroom observations.
- Classroom strategies and layout.
- Individual education plans.
- Lesson plans.
- Activities and games.
- Computer programmes.
- Assessing progress.
- Parent/Teacher interviews.
- Report writing.
Students will be required to complete one two thousand word essay and one practical assignment per term.
The course will conclude with an observed teaching session and an essay on;
- Co-ordination of staff, parents, local authorities and the SEN department.
Students will be provided with all lecture notes, book lists and a demonstration of a variety of teaching aids and assessment tools. The course is designed to be studied in full but may be attended on an ad hoc basis for parents and professionals who wish to study individual learning difficulties..
CRB certificates will be requested on application.
Applicants need not be teachers but should demonstrate a level of education commensurate with the academic content of the course and have held the post of Teaching Assistant for at least a term.
The course tutors were encouraging and approachable throughout the course. We were provided with an excellent grounding through the thorough course materials and examples of adaptable SEN resources.
I have learnt an enormous amount on this course and feel in a much better position to offer advice and support to staff, parents and children who are involved with or who have a learning difficulty or difficulties. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who wants to further their knowledge regarding a career in the SEN world.
I am really enjoying the course, as it is helping me gain the knowledge and skills, understanding and self-confidence to provide high quality support to children with a wide range of special educational needs. This is my first experience of attending an on-line course and I am very grateful to my tutors who have made the learning journey stress-free with support and positive feedback. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in specialising in this field.