Helpingwith SEND in Primary Schools

Ref: C3671677

This accredited course involves producing a portfolio of work and students will work towards gaining a Level 2 recognised qualification - Helping with SEND in Primary Schools Students should be working as a volunteer in school for a minimum of two hours per week prior to the start of and for the duration of the course. Admission to the course is subject to the Head's approval. Students should be working voluntarily on placement in school for approximately 2 hours per week for the duration of the course. (minimum 20 hours in total) Students should be prepared to produce detailed written work at Level 2. Further information can be obtained from

Course aim

To explore a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities,equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to support pupils with SEN and Disabilities, including an understanding of legislation, structures and policies

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

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

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Helpingwith SEND in Primary Schools Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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