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Online SEND CPD Units

This series of online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units is designed to support those who work with children and young people in schools and further education settings to deliver an inclusive experience for every learner.

Funded by the Department for Education, and developed in partnership with Real Group, these free-to-access units build on learning from our Ambitious About Inclusion modules.

In all, 20 units will be released over the next two years. Units on Safety and Belonging were launched in October 2022 and have since been completed by over 1200 practitioners with consistently positive feedback. Over the next few months we will be launching further units - check back regularly for the latest releases.

Each online unit takes 20 minutes to complete and is supported by a live online networking session, facilitated by a regional SEND leader. Places are limited, so early booking is advised - please see below.

Please note, you must be logged into your free nasen or Whole School SEND account to access these online units. 

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two pupils with a teacher at an international school

Features

  • Free to access at a time to suit you
  • Short 20 minute online CPD courses
  • Live online networking sessions
  • Themes include Language and Communication; Social, Emotional and Mental Health; Safety and Belonging.

Benefits

  • Provides information and skills required to build holistic understanding of individual learner's characteristics and context.
  • Provides clear guidance on adaptations to teaching across the age range with the aim of meeting the needs of all learners

Titles available

Over the next 3 years Whole School SEND and Real Group will be developing and releasing new online units.

The list of unit titles currently available are:

  • Unit 1: Creating an emotionally safe environment
  • Unit 2: Creating a socially safe environment
  • Unit 3: Creating a physically safe environment
  • Unit 4: An introduction to speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Unit 5: Identifying and supporting speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Unit 6: Supporting the development of speech, language and communication skills
  • Unit 7: Creating a learning environment that supports speech, language and communication
  • Unit 8: Understanding behaviour as communication
  • Unit 9: Promoting mental wellbeing in your setting
  • Unit 10: Understanding and promoting resilience
  • Unit 11: Understanding anxiety and creating a supportive learning environment
  • Unit 12: Supporting sensory differences in the learning environment
  • Unit 13: An introduction to teaching learners with physical needs
  • Unit 14: Understanding executive functioning
  • Unit 15: Memory for learning
  • Unit 17: Developing maths skills
  • Unit 18: Person centred working
  • Unit 19: Promoting independence
  • Unit 20: Transitions

Live online networking sessions supporting resources

Resources to summarise the discussion from the sessions and share strategies and approaches used by schools and colleges

Live online networking sessions supporting resources

  • General
  • 27 Mar 2023
Free
Universal SEND Services
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Online Units
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Live Discussion
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A bank of resources to support the Online networking sessions for Unit 1 -3

Upcoming Live Online Networking Sessions

To complement each unit you have the opportunity to join an hour-long online networking session, facilitated by one of our regional SEND leaders. It’s a chance to contextualise the learning, share experiences and learn from colleagues from across the country.

Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, recordings will not be available after the event, so book now as places are limited!

Specialist Spotlight: Understanding executive functioning (Primary)

Online
27 Feb 2024
FREE
Online Units
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Universal SEND Services
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Live Discussion
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SEMH

Featuring Dr Jawad Shah, a Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist who has worked in a variety of local authority services in the Northwest.

Female teacher supporting male pupil  - both are wearing masks in the classroom

Specialist Spotlight: Memory for Learning (Secondary/FE)

Online
29 Feb 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
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Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring 'memory for learning’ in secondary/FE settings.

Specialist Spotlight: Memory for Learning (Primary)

Online
04 Mar 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring 'memory for learning’ in primary settings.

Specialist Spotlight: Understanding executive functioning (Secondary/FE)

Online
05 Mar 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Featuring Dr Jawad Shah, a Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist who has worked in a variety of local authority services in the Northwest.

male teacher supporting a pupil in classroom

Specialist Spotlight: Developing maths skills (Secondary/FE)

Online
12 Mar 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring 'developing maths skills’ in secondary/FE settings.

Pupil helping secondary age school pupil

Specialist Spotlight: Person centred working (Secondary/FE)

Online
14 Mar 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Featuring Claire Cookson: Chief Executive Officer of DFN Project SEARCH, and DFN Foundation, Claire is an experienced senior leader and public speaker with an extensive background in education.

Female teacher reading to a group of primary school children

Specialist Spotlight: Creating a socially safe environment (Primary)

Online
22 Apr 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Live Discussion
,
Universal SEND Services
,

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring approaches to creating a socially safe environment in primary settings.

a male teacher sits supervising a group of children who are working on whiteboards and digita

Specialist Spotlight: Creating an emotionally safe environment (Primary)

Online
23 Apr 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
SEMH

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring approaches to creating a emotionally safe environment in primary settings.

Young girl in sensory room

Specialist Spotlight: Creating a physically safe environment (Primary)

Online
25 Apr 2024
FREE
Live Discussion
,
Online Units
,
Universal SEND Services
,

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring approaches to creating a physically safe environment in primary settings.

Young male with head in hands with a teacher who is supporting him

Specialist Spotlight: Creating an emotionally safe environment (Secondary / FE)

Online
29 Apr 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Live Discussion
,
Universal SEND Services
,

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring approaches to creating a emotionally safe environment in secondary / FE settings.

Secondary age pupil with parent and teacher

Specialist Spotlight: Creating a socially safe environment (Secondary / FE)

Online
30 Apr 2024
FREE
Universal SEND Services
,
Live Discussion
,
Online Units
,

Join us for a FREE discussion exploring approaches to creating a socially safe environment in secondary / FE settings.

Specialist Spotlight: Creating a physically safe environment (Secondary / FE)

Online
02 May 2024
FREE
Online Units
,
Live Discussion
,
Universal SEND Services
,

Featuring Ann Sullivan: Ann has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist education. Based in the UK, her career includes roles as a KS1 and KS2 class teacher, SEN literacy teacher, school-based Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

Need some help?

If you have any questions about these online units or would like some further support then please contact us by emailing: info@wholeschoolsend.org.uk

Live online networking sessions supporting resources

Resources to summarise the discussion from the sessions and share strategies and approaches used by schools and colleges

Live online networking sessions supporting resources

  • General
  • 27 Mar 2023
Free
Universal SEND Services
,
Online Units
,
Live Discussion
,

A bank of resources to support the Online networking sessions for Unit 1 -3

How to use the Online CPD Units

To access the Online Units you must have an active account with nasen/Whole School SEND and be logged in. 

Register for your free account today

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Each unit should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

At the end of each unit you will be invited to register for a free online discussion, which will facilitate an open discussion on each CPD unit and how you can apply learning into practice 

At the moment there are 13 online units, over the next two years we will develop and release 7 further units.