Helping Pupils with SEND in Schools

Ref: C3671429

Helping with SEND is a level 2 CERTA accredited course equipping students to work with SEND in schools. We will study and discuss the framework schools use for managing SEND and look at a range of SEND conditions and how volunteers can help support these in schools. Students will also research a SEND topic of their choice and present their work to the group as well as compiling a portfolio of evidence of their learning for accreditation.. The course will cover wide ranging topics including:– SEND legislation and Code of Practice, Roles and responsibilities of schools and Local Authorities, Special Schools, Administration, Inclusion, Behaviour, ADHD, Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, Communication and Interaction Difficulties, Physical and Sensory Difficulties, etc. The course is intended as a follow-on to the WEA Level 2 Volunteers Helping in Schools courses, but other experience and qualifications are also acceptable.

Additional information about this course

Course participants must organise their own voluntary work in school - 2 hours per week during the course.

Course aim

To explore a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. To equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to support pupils with SEN and Disabilities. To build on knowledge and confidence gained from the VHIS Course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • It is preferable for students to have completed the WEA Helping In Schools Level 2 course or similar. For more information, please call 0113 245 3304

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evidence successful attainment of LO 1 - To understand the current regulatory framework in relation to primary aged children with SEN
  • Evidence successful attainment of LO 2 - To understand the responsibilities of mainstream and special schools to meet the range and degree of SEN
  • Evidence successful attainment of LO 3 - To understand the concept of inclusion when working with children with SEN
  • Evidence successful attainment of LO 4 - To understand current approaches to behavioural issues, including children with SEN
  • Evidence successful attainment of LO 5 - To understand how to offer support to children with SEN

How will I be taught?

  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students must arrange a 20 hour volunteer placement in a school as part of the course requirements.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Written feedback will be provided for completed assessment tasks and journals Individual Learning Plans will be used to assess individual progress and achievement

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • All materials will be provided by the tutor. Students will require writing materials and an A4 folder to present their completed work. The education sections of the government website are a useful resource:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students need to arrange a voluntary placement of at least 20 hours in a school to complete alongside the course. This does not need to be working directly with pupils with SEND.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • It is hoped students will feel better able to support children with SEN and Disabilities and may wish to work in schools or progress to further learning

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Helping Pupils with SEND in Schools


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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