Tutors from 8 different providers attended the session on Monday 29th March – thanks to them for attending and for taking part in the discussions.  Some great suggestions were raised during the session, both as existing good practice and as possibilities for us to look into for the future.

Please see below the slides and other resources which were presented.

We will be looking into some of the areas discussed and will update tutors in due course:

  • BSL and Deaf awareness for tutors/providers – please answer the poll below
  • Widgits
  • ILT resources including Virtual reality headsets
  • LSAs – adding section to the session plan to prompt tutors to plan for how the LSA will work during the session
  • Embedding the key rights defined in the Children and Families Act 2014:
    • All learners with SEND should be able to:
      • – Achieve employment
      • – Be as healthy as possible
      • – Live independently
      • – Be included in the community

List of resources and websites

CPD session slides and notes


Pre-entry milestones levels and information – good for formulating appropriate “small step” learning outcomes:




ETF Excellence Gateway, SEND section – https://send.excellencegateway.org.uk/

I’ve added links  here to some of the most useful and relevant resources from the Excellence Gateway for ACL providers:

visual activity to plan support – an activity to get learners involved in discussing their support needs

Rarpa for ALDD Guidance final July 2015 (1)

NIACE howtobehappyandhealthy – a booklet to use with learners to talk about mental health and well-being

LSIS talking to ALDD learners about Safeguarding_Resource_aUG_2011  Guidance for providers

Learner voice Speak up for yourself case study


https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/ support available for your volunteers


https://padlet.com/clare_roberts/ILT_for_tutors – a whole range of suggestions on using ILT, whatever your teaching environment or expertise!

https://www.widgit.com/ – a communication tool that provides standardised symbols to aid comprehension

https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk – provides instructions on how to use Ease of Access centre on PC or Settings on tablets and phone to adjust settings to support learners with ALDD.

www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility – This site provides accessibility help, enabling computer users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.

www.abilitynet.org.uk/factsheetsFree Factsheets covering a range of tips and advice about how computers can be adapted to help people with disabilities.


Wider reading:


Supporting SEND learners – Pack 2 funding_FINAL2

ETF Supporting SEND learners – CPD materials_FINAL2

Supporting the Teaching Assistant

Ofsted report 2016 High_Need_Learners_FE_Skills

holex research paper SEND

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the content above -it’s always good to hear from you.




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