Online Training Courses for a Career in SEND
If you've been sent to work from home and no longer face a commute to your usual place of work, or you've been temporarily furloughed from your job, you may find yourself with more spare time than usual. It's a worrying time for many, but there are things you can do to increase your skillset as well as keep your mind busy during this time.
One idea is an online course, which is brilliant for upskilling yourself and making you more employable in the future, some even come with qualifications. So, why not use the extra time you may have on your hands to do something positive? Here's our round up the best SEND related online courses to get stuck into while on lockdown.
The Complete SEND Diploma – New Skills Academy, £100
This is an industry recognised certificate that's perfect for anyone seeking a career change or reminder on the core knowledge about working in SEND. The course trains you to work within SEND education through 22 online modules that take you through the process of teaching individuals with special educational needs. It also covers relevant codes of practise that any practitioner in this field needs to be aware of. As you move further into the course, you will learn about how to teach individuals with various disabilities to ensure they make the most progress. The course will also equip you on how to deal with anger issues and complex psychological behaviours. Students are also given lifetime access to modules.
Find out more here: https://newskillsacademy.co.uk/course/sen-diploma/
Health and Social Care Diploma – Stonebridge, £412.99
Online training provider Vision2Learn has a number of free online training courses geared towards working in the health and social care sector, but for a small investment Stonebridge College's fully accredited distance learning Diploma in Health and Social Care will set you in good stead with a new qualification. It covers key aspects of working in the field and will prepare you with the confidence and skills to take on a new role in care.
Find out more here: https://www.stonebridge.uk.com/course/health-and-social-care
SEN Teaching Assistant Course - UK Open College - £189
If you're a TA looking to brush up your knowledge around SEND or you're looking to move into a TA role, this is a brilliant entry level course resulting in a Level 3 qualification. The aim of the SEN Teaching Assistant Course is to provide an up to date, comprehensive knowledge and skillset appropriate to a classroom support role, specifically with special needs children. It covers a wide range of classroom support activities.
Find out more: https://ukopencollege.co.uk/product/special-needs-awareness-for-teaching-assistants-level-3/
Effective SEN Support Provision – RealTraining, FREE
Open to all educational professionals free of charge, this course will help you identify strategies and resources to support effective SEND provision in your school. It also outlines how assessment and tracking can support identification of pupils with SEND along with how to support them with key strategies and resources.
NASEN Downloadable Miniguides Resource Library - FREE
Not an online course as such, but the National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) has lots of online resources and learning opportunities geared towards development for SEND professionals and they're all free to download. A huge range of topics are covered such as, improving health care for those with learning disabilities and autism, understanding eye care and childhood brain injuries. Take a browse through and download as many or a few as you like to delve into during the next three weeks.
So, if you want to brush up your skills and put your free time to good use over the next few weeks, try one of these specialist courses that could result in new skills, a step up in your career or a move into the SEND industry.