With Steve Phillps and Julie Cowpe-Stephens
Teaching or working in a special school is both rewarding and challenging. This course is ideal for teachers, classroom practitioners or teaching assistants who are new to working in special schools or with learners with SEND.
We look at the range of needs learners with severe and complex needs and/or autism present with, in a special school setting. We identify the common characteristics of learners with severe learning needs; profound and complex learning needs and autism. We then establish what their sensory needs may be and how these impact on their learning. You will also have the opportunity to profile the sensory needs of a learner you currently work with.
We will make clear the terminology used to describe the conditions or disabilities your learners may present with. We move on to outline the impact that certain disabilities can have on learning i.e. Rett’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. We discuss the impact of the senses in successful learning.
We will provide you with a range of practical ideas for implementing an engaging curriculum in your classroom.
We deliver this through a mixture of presentation; video; round table discussions and practical hands on activities.
At the end of the day you will:
have an awareness of the changing school population in special schools
be able to identify the needs of learners with multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and autism
understand the importance of engagement in successful learning
understand a sensory profile and how to use it
have an awareness of the implication of sensory impairment on learning
be familiar with CASP – a Consistent Approach Support Plan which supports a pupils’ learning
be able to link sensory profiles to a CASP
understand how to create enabling classroom environments to facilitate engagement and learning
understand engaging teaching strategies to implement the curriculum for learners with profound/severe complex needs and autism including:
planning themes/topics/environments with suitable resources
creating a themed learning environment – what to do and what not to do
developing communication/interaction and engagement activities with resources
adapting resources so that all learners can access learning
using a sensory story