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SET - The Special Education Teacher

A key to unlocking success for all.

About the Course

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." to quote Aristotle, .... and I guess none more sweet that when a child has an awakening, a dawning, grasps a concept or cracks the acquisition of a new skill through the careful, patient guidance of the Learning Support Teacher. This course will guide you in the support of just such a child.

We conceived this course as an all-encompassing treatment of the myriad of judgements, accountabilities and tasks that are within the realm & duties of the learning support teacher. It’s a veritable one stop course for engaging learning support theory & procedures, for acquiring explicit knowledge and for developing a sound understanding of the role and its responsibilities. It is where learning support & resource teachers will come yet again to load up on the strategies & techniques that help deliver for them, but even more importantly, for the children they teach.

Highlights to include:

  • What the Department of Education says you should be doing and the signposts of how to do it best
  • The tests for assessing literacy difficulties, from the evidence based interventions, to the guidance for precision teaching, from diagnostic tests, to the ten steps for successfully building sight words, these and more are included
  • I.E.P.s – a necessity, a procedure, a craft.
  • Assessment & progression in reading, in writing, along with supplementary teaching in mathematics.
  • Comprehension strategies to develop understanding of text; reading response ideas and more within this huge domain.
  • A forensic and comprehensive treatment of many issues and ideas, everything you ever need to know

……along with items on effective teaching strategies, differentiation, team teaching, reading recovery, Numicon mathematics and it’s place in supporting SEN, phonological awareness, spelling strategies and more, not to mention the videos, downloadable support documents and classroom materials, this course has it all.

In this self-paced on-line course participants will have an opportunity to engage with the Department’s Learning Support guidelines, appraise the school’s approach to learning support in conjunction with the published guidelines, explore strategies to support and strengthen some of the main skill deficits in learning to read and finally to appraise a number of oral reading strategies. A number of research papers will be presented as additional reading material.


The online format of this course enables you to study at a time and place that best suits your own needs. 

You can access your course anytime until January 31st 2018.

Within this highly interactive web based course, a dynamic learning experience awaits, where you can interact with your fellow course participants through the in-course chat forums and communication tools provided by the CPD College learning system. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable tutors actively support each course, providing expert interaction, guidance and feedback for all participants on chat questions and assignments which call for critical reflection, self-analysis and a reasoned response. 

On successful completion of your course, you can download and print off your CPD record and certificate of completion.

We look forward to welcoming you to your course.

Learning outcomes

This course aims to:

  • Discuss the detail of the Guidelines for primary schools: supporting pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools document introduced in 2017
  • Create and implement student support files for individual pupils
  • Select and implement the most relevant and appropriate literacy intervention strategies and activities for each student requiring support
  • Select and implement the most relevant and appropriate maths intervention strategies and activities for each student requiring support
  • Select and implement the most relevant and appropriate intervention strategies and activities for students requiring support in areas other than literacy and numeracy
  • Engage in the processes and evaluation tools necessary to carry out and implement school self-evaluation / self-improvement.
01 -  Introduction to the Principles and Aims of Learning Support, know the expected learning outcomes and appreciate the need for whole school planning for LS involving all the partners.
02 -  Know, understand and appreciate the role of the LS teacher in planning and delivering supplementary teaching in collaboration and consultation with the other interested partners.
03 - Introduction to the skills and strategies that require development by the Learning Support teacher and the resources that are necessary to the process.
04 - In this module teachers will look at a range of practical activities and strategies to develop phonological awareness training, visual discrimination, visual memory, auditory memory, verbal comprehension etc.
05 - All Oral Reading Practice is not Equal - in this module we examine fluency’s role in reading development and suggests ways of incorporating fluency instruction into the literacy curriculum through a range of oral reading approaches. We also take a look at the most popular numeracy intervention programmes and the role of iPads in special education.

"WOW! I came looking for ideas to support my teaching and possibly add to my repertoire of skills. What an over-powering, awe inspiring experience. Totally transformative. I got it all in this course – pedagogy, principles, practices, approaches & techniques, advice and plenty of ideas. And the course chat forums were wonderful too, great to chat with fellow teachers on a like-minded mission! And all those wonderful resources. Anyway….well done CPD College. See you again in 2018.” - Aoife, 2017

Join us on this wonderful course in Summer 2018!