Helping with SEND in Primary School

Ref: C3671866

The course seeks to enable students to explore the wide range of special educational needs and disabilities that children may have. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding that those working in a school setting will need to support children with SEND in a primary school either in a paid capacity or as a volunteer. Students will work towards gaining a Level 2 qualification which is suitable for those wishing to gain employment in a school, work as a volunteer or for those already working in a school setting with children and young people.

Course aim

Course aim is to explore a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities and to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in a primary school setting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • Demonstrate good written English To volunteer in a school/childcare setting for a minimum of 20 hours Complete an application form and attend the pre-course information session

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

  • Understand the current regulatory framework in relation to primary aged children with SEND
  • Understand the responsibilities of mainstream and special schools to meet the range and degree of SEND
  • Understand the concept of inclusion when working with children with SEND
  • Understand current approaches to behavioural issues, including children with SEND
  • Understand how to offer support to children with SEND

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research. You will be volunteering in a school alongside attending the course.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • • You will complete a range of assessment tasks which will be marked to help you progress

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.)
  • • Students will require writing materials, paper and an A4 folder to present their completed work. All other materials will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • • Tutors will suggest additional resources as each unit is addressed • The Government's website for educational matters is a valuable resource

What can I do next?

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Helping with SEND in Primary School


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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