Inclusion and Special Needs

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Course CodePD05
Lessons per Week25
All lessons are 50 minutes
TimesMon – Fri
9:00-12:00
13:00-15:00
Course Length10 Days (with the possibility of joining the course for 1 week only)
Recommended Language LevelB1-C2
Language Level for Closed GroupsA2-C2
Maximum Class size15
Centre Duke’s Road


Price£450 per week


2018

January29th – 2nd Feb
February5th – 9th
March5th – 9th
12th – 16th
May14th – 18th
21st – 25th
July2nd – 6th
9th – 13th
August13th – 17th
20th – 24th
October8th – 12th
15th – 19th
November12th-16th


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Course description

The Inclusion and Special Needs course looks at innovative and student centred approaches to teaching special needs learners within a normal classroom environment.

Teachers will come to understand the issues facing these learners and ways to help involve them in a mainstream learning environment.

The programme includes the opportunity to visit a state school with integrated special needs and observe lessons, followed by discussions with experienced teachers and school managers. Guest speakers will also be invited to help you gain insight into Special Education in the UK.

The course is aimed at teachers who want to know how to best include special needs learners in the classroom and share lesson ideas and activities with other teachers from around the world.

Please note, this course is for mainstream education teachers, not for SEN specialists.

 

Objectives

The Special Needs Programme is designed for teachers who want to know how to best work with special needs learners and share lesson ideas and activities with other teachers from around the world.

Being a methodology course, references will be made to most of the latest methodologies. The focus of this course will be innovative and student-centred approaches to teaching special needs learners.

After the course, participants will be able to design lessons and activities that are motivating, challenging and effective.

 

Methodology

The course is hands-on and interactive, enabling participants to be fully immersed in the subject matter. Trainer-led sessions use the techniques and approaches being discussed so that the practical application of methods can be experienced within the programme. This is supported by in-depth discussion group work.

Participants will build up a bank of ideas to take back to their countries. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to experiment and think “outside the box“.

Case studies of different education needs learners throughout the course will include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Speech and Language Difficulties, Visual, Hearing and Physical Impairment, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Gifted Learners.

 

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)

Please note the exact course content can vary depending on the needs and levels of the groups. We try our best to tailor our courses to offer the best benefit for other students.

Day 1: Inclusive Schooling- Raising awareness

  • Introduction to SEN –Raising awareness, Definition, Labelling; An overview of the area of SEN
  • Three models for understanding SEN
  • Reflecting on own teaching experiences of SEN and an overview of the education policy on SEN in Britain and participants’ countries
  • Preparation for state school visit
  • Anticipating problems with inclusion, both for learners and teachers

Day 2: State school visit

  • School visit and lesson observations
  • Post visit discussion and feedback session

Day 3: Different models for understanding SEN and SEN categories

  • Different types of SEN

  • Categories- different types of SEN. Identifying characteristics of different types of SEN learners

  • How to recognise SEN

  • Inclusive teaching strategies:

  • Differentiation- different ways and techniques to differentiate instructions, content, assessment, etc

  • Workshop- case studies and developing action plans

  • Including SEN students in the mainstream classroom

Day 4: Access to education vs real engagement in learning

  • SEN categories and how to help- support techniques
  • Preferred learning styles
  • Left and right brain learning
  • VAK- catering for all learning styles
  • Inclusive assessment approaches and student engagement
  • Workshop- Case study and developing action plan

Day 5: Approaches to whole school planning for SEN

  • Three approaches to whole school planning for SEN
  • Whole school planning for SEN – provision mapping, IEP/ILPs
  • Working with parents

Day 6: Case Study and Focus on Specific Education Needs

  • Case study of a learner with specific SEN
  • Participants will decide which categories of SEN specified below they would like to focus on
  • Input session followed by a workshop
  • Support strategies, assessment and material development to cater for specific education needs learners

Day 7: Case Study and Focus on Specific Education Needs

  • Case study of a learner with specific SEN
  • Participants will decide which categories of SEN specified below they would like to focus on
  • Input session followed by a workshop
  • Support strategies, assessment and material development to cater for specific education needs learners.

Day 8: British Culture and Social Programme or Guest Speaker

  • Negotiated and decided on arrival

Day 9: Needs Driven Session TBC on arrival

This session will be confirmed on arrival by the end of the first week

Depending on the level of English and the needs of the participants, the theme and the content of this session will be negotiated between the participants and the trainer

Day 10: End of Course Revision and SEN Glossary

  • Developing SEN glossary
  • End of course revision of the topics covered
  • What useful materials are available?
  • Presentation of certificates and end of course feedback

Follow Up

Participants will return to their home countries with a deeper insight and renewed enthusiasm for their profession.

They will also receive:

  • Contact details of tutors and colleagues to facilitate ongoing development and exchange of ideas
  • A Feedback Questionnaire evaluating the course and ideas collected during the programme
  • A Bibliography of suggested further reading matter