Special Educational Needs and Disability

Meeting the needs of learners with learning difficulties and / or disabilities

Systems Thinking for Special Needs online course

This online course introduces participants to systems thinking in a SEND context. It is intended to help managers of SEND provision (and those who work with them) to employ new forms of collaborative working which are highly sensitive to individual needs and enable them to lead beyond their own organisation. It also offers guidance on how to make SEND an organisational priority.

Course Manual

This manual supports you while you work through the video content and includes templates referred to in the videos for you to work with. Download here.


Participants are advised to watch the videos in pairs, i.e. first watch Systems Thinking 1, followed by Reflections 1, before moving on to Systems Thinking 2 and Reflections 2.

Systems Thinking videos:

1. https://youtu.be/Z20uoKbzk7o

2. https://youtu.be/OHvHB8-xAFs

3. https://youtu.be/22LWgmhgyYk

4. https://youtu.be/hChODfMRghI

5. https://youtu.be/7fFYyCEOGRc

6. https://youtu.be/SgOgGq8PCBw

7. https://youtu.be/D-WkWxMyv6Y

Reflections of Sue Ward, SEND specialist:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJDNXzZEJM

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99VF_iNZBNE

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzo6I7PmhLY

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-sqemcaJOQ

5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP_GIV60zPo

6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUZXmCUZEOs

7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weFKMW6g44w