Unlock opportunities for SEND students with free online training

Post date: 
Monday, 14 March 2016
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Free online training for teachers to help learners with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) reach their full potential.

‘Unlocking Opportunities’ is an e-learning resource for all professionals who work in schools, from teachers and teaching assistants, to senior leaders and governors, as well as those providing sport and extra-curricular activities.
The resource is free to use and explains, through videos, case studies and practical examples, how staff help remove the barriers to learning for pupils with SEND and ensure their legal rights are respected.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) launched the online training resource, following research that revealed a difference for attainment between primary and secondary school pupils with and without SEND.

The Department of Education found that in primary schools, while 88% of children with no identified SEND reached level 4 in combined Reading, Writing and Maths, this fell to 56% for children with vision impairment. In secondary schools, 70.4% students with no identified SEND achieved 5 A-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, but this fell to 45% for students with vision impairment.

Jan Murphy, Director of LJMU’s School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning, said: “The gap in attainment identified between those with no identified SEN and pupils with a recognised disability is stark and must be addressed to ensure all young people can reach their potential in all areas of their schooling.
“It is important to build confidence, set challenging expectations and engender a love of learning for all pupils regardless of their individual needs. This resource provides an accessible learning resource and tool kit for ensure that all those working in schools can support disabled pupils in all aspects of their schooling.”

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