Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Diploma Course

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Course Description

Are you interested in working with people who have special needs, especially when it comes to dealing with their education? Would you like to experience the amazing feeling of knowing that you have helped an individual with specific needs to overcome adversity and to be able to teach them brand new skills? If so, then our Special Educational Needs course will be perfect for any individual wishing to learn more about working within this field.

Introduction to the SEND Course
Our SEND course consists of 22 individual modules that will take you through the entire process of teaching individuals with special needs.

The course is designed to provide you with the tools that you will require in order to make a difference in how individuals are taught and give you a better understanding of their requirements and the challenges they face.

By the end of the course, you will be asked to take a test in order to show that you have understood the information provided throughout the various modules.

What you will learn
Each module is designed to give you a real insight into the Special Educational Needs industry from start to finish. In addition, the modules will also cover the relevant code of practice that any practitioner within this field needs to be aware of to ensure that potentially vulnerable individuals are being taught in the correct manner.

Please note that as SEN systems vary in each nation of the UK - the code of practice implementation covered in Module 4 refers only to the system in England.

As you move further into the course, you will be taken through various disabilities, both physical and mental, to provide you with a better understanding of how to handle their issues allowing them to make better progress than ever before. There will also be specific details on issues such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, due to the complexities surrounding the handling of these issues.

Furthermore, our Special Educational Needs course is designed to help you deal with issues that may arise at various times, including anger from the individuals you are dealing with on a daily basis. This is regarded as being an important skill for any educator to have at their disposal due to the nature of the work that they do, hence, it has its own module to give you the best possible insight into handling that situation.

We will also provide you with information on psychological issues and behaviours to give you an all-round understanding of their needs. Finally, you will be taught the latest and best teaching methods and strategies for this particular field, allowing you to better prepare each and every lesson to make sure that the individuals will be able to get the absolute most out of each session.

Once the course is completed, you will be better placed to work within this field and able to handle any situation that may arise throughout your working day. (Please note, each school/organisation sets its own entry requirements, so you will need to check the job description to find out what skills/qualifications are required when applying for jobs in this field - this certificate does not guarantee a job).

You will learn:
  • An understanding of what is involved in SEND
  • The code of practice that you must abide by
  • How to understand various disabilities
  • How to cope with anger issues
  • The psychological impact and dealing with problems
  • How to best structure a class for each individual
  • The latest teaching methods and strategies
  • The outcome of education
  • Your responsibility as a teacher


With our SEND Course there are a number of benefits of using Learning247.

    • Learn at your own pace
    • Learn from the comfort of your own home
    • Easy to follow modules broken down into easy to follow segments
    • Industry recognised certificate
    • Change your career thanks to our course
    • Work in a rewarding environment
    • Use any device to study the course, anywhere and at any time
    • Get online support when you study via our academy
    • Lifetime access to the modules

    By studying our SEND course you will open up the doors to a brand new career and one that will be extremely challenging and yet also extremely rewarding.

    Who can take the course?
    Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.

    What is the structure of the course?
    The course is broken down into 22 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.

    Where / when can I study the course?
    You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!

    Is there a test at the end of the course?
    Once you have completed all modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.

    What is the pass mark for the final test?
    The pass mark for the test is 70%. If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.

    When will I receive my certificate?
    Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it.

    How long does it take to complete the course?
    We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.

    Course Content

                                                  Module 1: Introduction to Special Education Needs
                                                  To understand Special Educational Needs
                                                  To understand who may have Special Educational Needs
                                                  To understand the most common learning disabilities that you may face in the workplace
                                                  To know and understand the characteristics required to work in this field

                                                  Module 2 : The History and Evolution of SEN
                                                  To learn and understand the legal definition of special education needs
                                                  To learn and understand the legal definition of disability
                                                  To learn how SEN education has evolved since the 19th century
                                                  To learn about the importance of the inclusion-exclusion debate

                                                  Module 3 : Constructivist Theories of Learning
                                                  To understand the theory of constructivism and how it can be applied in the classroom
                                                  To know the role of the teacher and the role of the student within a constructivist classroom
                                                  To understand the theory of social constructivism and know how it can be applied within a classroom
                                                  To be able to compare and contrast constructivism with social constructivism

                                                  Module 4 : SEN Code of Practice and Its Implementation in England
                                                  To learn what the UK SEN Code of Practice is
                                                  To understand who the SEN Code of Practice applies to
                                                  To learn about the key points of the SEN Code of Practice
                                                  To understand ways to implement the SEN Code of Practice

                                                  Module 5 : SENCO Support for SEN Students
                                                  To understand who the SENCO is and what their role entails in a school setting
                                                  To know what SEN Support is
                                                  To be able to identify the steps required in making a plan to meet the pupil's educational needs
                                                  To know the definitions of leadership and inclusion, and be able to apply each of these qualities in a school setting

                                                  Module 6 : The Different Types of Needs
                                                  To be able to define autism, and know the ways that you can accommodate its needs
                                                  To understand what a severe learning difficulty is, and how its needs can be accommodates
                                                  To know how a specific learning difficulty differs from a severe learning difficulty, and understand how it can be accommodated in the classroom
                                                  To be able to identify the different types of physical difficulty, and how each can be accommodated in the classroom and school environment

                                                  Module 7 : Identification, Assessment and Support of SEN Pupils
                                                  To learn how to identify SEN pupils
                                                  To learn about the support children may require by age
                                                  To learn how to assess SEN pupils
                                                  To learn how to create a support plan for SEN pupils

                                                  Module 8 : Behaviours: Reasons and Restorative Practices
                                                  How to manage your time at work efficiently
                                                  To have the ability to identify the different factors that can affect a student's emotional behaviours
                                                  To understand the consequences of bad behaviour and be able to identify their underlying elements
                                                  To know the recommended methods for teaching social skills, and how they can be applied in the classroom

                                                  Module 9 : Understanding Sensory Impairments and Physical Disabilities
                                                  To learn about different physical disabilities
                                                  To learn about different sensory impairments
                                                  To learn when these impairments and disabilities can be identified
                                                  To understand how educators can support disabilities and impairments

                                                  Module 10 : Understanding and Addressing Difficulties in Cognition and Learning
                                                  To be able to identify the things that cognition is responsible for in our daily lives
                                                  To understand the concept of cognitive development and have a basic understanding of the stages introduced in this module
                                                  To be able to apply your knowledge of cognition to the special education needs environment, and associate the relationship between the two
                                                  To know the different types of cognitive disabilities, and how you can accommodate them in the classroom

                                                  Module 11 : Speech, Language, and Common Communication Issues
                                                  To learn what speech, language, and communication are
                                                  To learn about different needs and difficulties in speech, language and communication
                                                  To learn how to support the needs of pupils with difficulties in communication
                                                  To learn how to foster clear communication in the classroom as a whole

                                                  Module 12 : Learning Difficulties: Autism
                                                  To be able to define autism for what it is and how it is experienced by individuals who have it
                                                  To know the difficulties that can be experienced by autistic people, as well as the common characteristics that are exhibited
                                                  To understand the diagnosis process for autism
                                                  To understand what the main causes for behaviours in autistic individuals are, as well as the best ways to deal with difficult behaviour

                                                  Module 13 : Learning Difficulties : Dyslexia
                                                  To learn what dyslexia is
                                                  To understand some of the primary difficulties dyslexic learners face
                                                  To learn different methods for supporting learners in literacy
                                                  To learn different methods for support learners in numeracy

                                                  Module 14 : Learning Difficulties: Dyspraxia
                                                  To understand what dyspraxia is and know the areas of life that it can affect for an individual
                                                  To know how dyspraxia is diagnosed
                                                  To be able to identify the signs and symptoms of the condition
                                                  To understand how the condition affects an individual's brain

                                                  Module 15: Learning Difficulties: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
                                                  To learn what ADHD is
                                                  To learn the causes and treatments for ADHD
                                                  To learn about the identification of pupils with ADHD
                                                  To learn about ways to support pupils with ADHD in the classroom

                                                  Module 16: The Importance of SEN Knowledge
                                                  To understand what SEN knowledge is
                                                  To understand how SEN knowledge is disseminated to educators
                                                  To understand the three levels of recommended SEN knowledge
                                                  To understand why SEN knowledge is important

                                                  Module 17: Specific Learning Difficulties
                                                  To be able to define what a specific learning difficulty is
                                                  To compare and contrast dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and be able to understand what each of the disorders implies
                                                  To understand the limitations of dyspraxia and the different diagnoses
                                                  To know the characteristics of Asperger's syndrome, how it differentiates from autism, and the difficulties experienced from this disorder

                                                  Module 18: Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
                                                  To learn what the psychological perspectives on behaviour are
                                                  To learn the differences and similarities between the perspectives
                                                  To understand how to apply the perspectives in the classroom
                                                  To understand how different intervention methods apply to specific perspectives

                                                  Module 19 : Understanding and Managing Anger
                                                  To be able to define anger, and understand its causes and ways of expression
                                                  To know how anger can be a prominent characteristic in special education needs settings, and the approach you should have towards it
                                                  To understand the different methods of anger management, and know the appropriate situations to use each given method

                                                  Module 20 : Teaching Approaches and Strategies
                                                  To learn approaches and strategies for communication and interaction
                                                  To learn approaches and strategies for cognition and learning
                                                  To learn approaches and strategies for behaviour, emotional and social difficulties
                                                  To learn approaches and strategies for physical and sensory disabilities

                                                  Module 21 : Educational Outcomes
                                                  To understand the definition of an educational outcome and what it means in terms of a student's learning capacity
                                                  To know how to assess a limitation and evaluate an educational environment in order to predict the educational outcome of a student
                                                  To be able to relate the dimensions of wellbeing to educational outcomes, and understand how these dimensions can affect such outcomes both positively and negatively
                                                  To know the different ways to target these dimensions in order to facilitate an improvement upon them

                                                  Module 22 : Every Teacher's Responsibility
                                                  To learn about the different responsibilities a teacher has at school
                                                  To understand what role teachers play in different areas of the school
                                                  To understand the importance of the SENCO role
                                                  To learn about the management of resources and finances

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