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Teaching and learning

The resources on this page focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. You'll find resources to help you plan and deliver learning to meet each of your students' needs; including planning, identifying learning outcomes, differentiating and developing English and maths skills. Teaching and learning has three sub-menus: Digital technologies, Maths, English and ESOL, and RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement).

Practitioner SEND self-assessment tool

All practitioners have a duty to plan and deliver a responsive and individualised provision for their learners, including learners with SEND. Use this self-assessment tool to help you own professional development; you will need to register for free on Foundation Online Learning. As you work through the tool, you’ll be directed to key information and resources to help you in areas you lack confidence and want to develop your skills and knowledge.

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Co-creating the curriculum with learners with SEND

Co-creating the curriculum Image of a presentation from the Co-creation toolkitis a great way to involve learners in deciding what to learn and how they might be taught. It can help you personalise study programmes, as well as providing an excellent context for helping learners with SEND to take more control over their lives as they practise making decisions and expressing preferences about their learning.

This toolkit has been designed to help curriculum managers and tutors in FE settings to explore co-creation, explain the concept to colleagues and engage their learners with SEND in co-creating their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

Everyone wins with skills competitions!

Competition activity is a great way to raise aspirations, improve learners’ skills and employment prospects, strengthen learning programmes and introduce an element of excitement into the vocational curriculum. Providers who have been exploring the use of competition with learners with SEND report that it is just as beneficial for their learners – and easy to implement.

Our new toolkit, Using competition activity In the vocational curriculum with learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), provides you with a range of resources that will help you to embed competition activity into your curriculum in a way that enthuses both staff and learners. It also gives you some tips on getting employers involved. 


Supporting learners

Some learners don’t want Image of the Supporting learners with additional needs resourceto be singled out as needing extra help or to have a member of support staff visibly assigned to them. Enabling learners with additional needs to make good progress is as much about differentiated, inclusive teaching and learning, as it is about high-quality learning support. 

To help teachers feel confident about applying inclusive practices and to have at their fingertips an array of strategies to use with individual learners, Milton Keynes College produced this Supporting learners with additional needs resource for use in prisons in the East Midlands but the tips provided can be useful in supporting learners across the sector.

Working with Learning Support Assistants

Learning Support Assistants are an extremely valuable resource in the classroom and as Preston College identified if the relationship and working partnership between teacher and learning support assistant is developed effectively it can support learner retention, achievement, progression and independence. Watch the video and view the project resources for their tips on how practitioners can work effectively with learning support assistants for the benefit of their learners and an example learner profile page.


Deliver personalised study programmes

The SEND reforms impact all providers to ensure the best outcomes for all learners with SEND. This self-study interactive module (created in Powerpoint) provides information, examples of effective practice and resources to help you deliver effective personalised study programmes that support young people with SEND to achieve positive life outcomes. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own practice and to use the information provided to improve study programmes within your organisation. This module is relevant for providers working with all learners with SEND whether in discrete or mainstream provision, and with or without an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan. The resource was created by by Natspec.

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At Derby College Group, Centre for Excellence in SEND (community) they want every learner to achieve their ambitions. They work with their learners to develop personalised study programmes to improve their outcomes. They've created a series of videos to explain what personalised study programmes and the benefits to individuals. They use the videos to help new learners, parents and carers see that they will be fully supported at Derby College Group, and within professional development for our staff.

Bene Wills, Team Manager, Pathway to Independence talks about what developing Personalised Study Programmes for learners means in practice.

Will explains how his study programme was adapted, why he needed the changes and the impact this has made to his time learning at college.

Ahmad Ismael talks about his Personalised Study Programme and the additional support offered through technology and access to one to one support in the Base Room that are enabling him to achieve his goal to get to university to study law.

Hope talks about her personalised study programme and the support she receives at Derby College.

David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions talks about how they support learners into the Employer Academy they've set up with Derby College.


Professional development

Are you looking for specific training? As part of a mapping exercise of SEND CPD training and qualifications available from the Education and Training Foundation and a wide range of other organisations we have produced a SEND CPD Framework. The information is provided to raise awareness to the SEND workforce of the variety CPD opportunities available. The inclusion of information from other organisations does not indicate a recommendation by the Education and Training Foundation of this offer.

Do take a look at the Foundation's wide range of courses, many of them relevant to those supporting learners with SEND, together with our bespoke SEND offer, take a look at our new SEND brochure for more information.

Visit the News and Events page for the latest course and event updates. Are you a SET member? If so you'll have access to professional development webinars that cover a whole range of topics to help you support learners with SEND.

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Learn about SET membership

Visit the Society for Education and Training (SET) website to find out how our professional membership body can support you in your role within training and education.

Safeguarding and Prevent

All FE providers have a duty to safeguard their students, Prevent is about safeguarding our students to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. The Education and Training Foundation has a range of support materials to support all staff at its dedicated Prevent website.

If you’re finding it difficult to explain safeguarding to learners with SEND then take a look at this booklet, Explaining safeguarding to learners with learning disabilities. Although the booklet is now a little dated, it was written to assist learning providers to raise learners’ awareness of what safeguarding is and what to do if they have a safeguarding concern, and empower them to take responsibility for their own safety. 

Supporting learners with transition

Weston College, Centre for Excellence in SEND (people) have been using 3D interactive tours to assist learners manage their anxiety around transition to the college environment. Use of this technology has benefitted other areas of the college business too. The delivered a Interactive tour to aid transition webinar to explore the use of 3D interactive tours as a tool to support both staff working in inclusive practice and SEND teams, and learners with a SEND need.

Related Resources

Image of a presentation from the Co-creation toolkit

Toolkit: Co-creating the Curriculum with Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Supporting learners with additional needs: A three tier approach

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SEND CPD Framework

Screenshot of a Weston College library 3D interactive tour

Interactive tours to aid transition

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Explaining safeguarding to learners with learning difficulties

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Delivering personalised study programmes