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Our CPD courses are designed for teachers and teaching assistants who support children with special educational needs. The course content is online, which means that you can start learning as soon as you enrol, anywhere at any time.

The tutored online SEN courses are blended with tutor support, so you receive human support and specialist guidance, too. You’ll be assigned your personal tutor when you enrol. (More about tutor support)

Guided versions of our courses (not including the sensory courses) are available. These do not include specialist tutor support, however, you receive guidance on your SMART goal setting.

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Course overview

Our courses are designed to be user-friendly and engaging, with quizzes, animations and touches of humour. Their content is written, and updated regularly, by SEN specialists and educational psychologists.

They’re outcome-focused – helping you to gain an improved understanding of your learners, so that you can support your learners to achieve improved outcomes.

Resources help you to enhance your learning further, and support you as you develop your practice.

Forums give you an opportunity to take part in discussions and share experiences and best practice with others.

Course structure

Each course has four sections:

  1. Understanding
    Learn about the special need specific to the course
  2. Assessment
    Learn to assess student needs and set SMART goals for a learner you support
  3. Interventions
    Learn about evidence-based strategies and choose those that will help you achieve your goals
  4. Case studies
    View real life videos of interventions in practice

Course completion

To complete the course, you need to meet the course requirements:

  • work through the whole of the course, including any activities and quizzes
  • write three SMART goals to achieve with a learner or learners you support *
  • choose the interventions that you’ll make to achieve the goals you set
  • make contributions to forums

When you’ve met the course requirements, you’ll be issued with a certificate of completion.

* Guided learners will write one SMART goal.

Bexhill C of E Primary School – Short video about the SLCN course (4:19)

View transcript of the video



Free short eLearning courses

These four short courses are free to anyone. They don’t follow the same structure as our other courses, and they are not tutored.

Autism for Parents

Learning Theory

SEND Code of Practice 2015

Working in Partnership with Parents

Parent playing with child

The course is aimed at the parents and carers of children with autism. However, the content, including lots of videos of parents talking about the issues that concern them most, provides fantastic insight for anyone who supports a child with autism.

*throughout this short course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

Parent and child on abacus

This course is based on the Understanding section of our licensed course Effective Teaching & Learning. There are many theories of learning. This course looks at the most useful theories, what they have in common and how they can inform classroom practice.

*throughout this short course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

SEND code of practice 2015 pages image

An introduction to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, 2014 (revised 2015)*

The course reorganises text from the Code to make it more accessible for education professionals. It doesn’t include the detailed information relating to local authorities and health services.

There’s a self-assessment to help you check how well you’re meeting your responsibilities under the Code, which you can revisit and update.

*referred to in this short course as SENDCoP 2015.

Working in Partnership image

The course is based on the experiences of local authority Information, Advice and Support Services, who work to improve relationships with parents/carers*. It looks at the needs of parents of children with SEN, the issues they face and how they can be supported. It considers how we communicate with, and provide information to, parents in different contexts, and provides a few useful tools to enhance your practice.

*throughout this course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

Autism for Parents

Parent playing with child

The course is aimed at the parents and carers of children with autism. However, the content, including lots of videos of parents talking about the issues that concern them most, provides fantastic insight for anyone who supports a child with autism.

*throughout this short course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

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Learning Theory

Parent and child on abacus

This course is based on the Understanding section of our licensed course Effective Teaching & Learning. There are many theories of learning. This course looks at the most useful theories, what they have in common and how they can inform classroom practice.

*throughout this short course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

Get started ➜

SEND Code of Practice 2015

SEND code of practice 2015 pages image

An introduction to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, 2014 (revised 2015)*

The course reorganises text from the Code to make it more accessible for education professionals. It doesn’t include the detailed information relating to local authorities and health services.

There’s a self-assessment to help you check how well you’re meeting your responsibilities under the Code, which you can revisit and update.

*referred to in this short course as SENDCoP 2015.

Get started ➜

Working in Partnership with Parents

Working in Partnership image

The course is based on the experiences of local authority Information, Advice and Support Services, who work to improve relationships with parents/carers*. It looks at the needs of parents of children with SEN, the issues they face and how they can be supported. It considers how we communicate with, and provide information to, parents in different contexts, and provides a few useful tools to enhance your practice.

*throughout this course, parents will include carers and others with parental responsibility.

Get started ➜
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