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CPD818 SEN FIRST: An Introduction to Special Educational Needs

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This course is an exciting opportunity for teachers, classroom assistants and parents to come together to learn more about a range of common special educational needs (SEN). The course is suited to teachers, especially those in mainstream schools, who feel that they need a basic overview and introduction to SEN but who want a practical, professional development course rather than in-depth, Master’s level study. It may therefore be ideal for those whose own initial teacher education did not look at SEN in any detail, or those who feel they need a refresher course. FIRST is also open to classroom assistants, parents and other education-related professionals who wish to up-skill themselves in general or in any one particular area.

Course Structure

The FIRST course is designed to offer a concise factual introduction to each SEN before giving practical guidance to facilitate learning both in and out of the classroom. Each session will be led by an expert in the area and will be an opportunity to learn more about how to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Course Content

The topics covered include the following: Autism; Dyslexia; Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; Down’s Syndrome; Visual/Hearing Impairment; Speech, Language and Communication Needs; The Code of Practice and the Statementing process; Acquired Brain Injury; Children with Difficulties in Mathematics.

The FIRST course will be:


You may choose to attend the entire course with or without assessment. We welcome parents to attend one-off sessions;


This course is aimed at those who want basic, practical guidance. No prior knowledge is assumed;


Each evening will be informal with lots of opportunity for discussion, questions and interaction;


Local experts will give you guidance and resource tips each week;


In our increasingly inclusive education system, there has never been a more important time to learn how best to facilitate learning for all children.

Mrs Lois Totton, MBA BEd