About this course

Learn more about working with students with special needs

This self-access online course is aimed at all primary and secondary level teachers working with learners with special needs. It is suitable for all teachers, not just SEN (Special Educational Needs) specialists. 

The situations presented in the course are taken from the English language learning environment, but the content is applicable to all subject areas.

The course will help to:

  • inform teachers about a range of special educational needs and how they affect teaching and learning
  • give teachers a set of teaching strategies which promote inclusive learning and benefit all pupils
  • guide teachers in developing an inclusive approach in their classroom or school
  • support teachers in becoming more confident when dealing with learners with special educational needs
  • help teachers identify and overcome their own biases and prejudices.


35 hours over 11 weeks; 3 hours per individual unit of self-study 

Part of:  Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the CPD framework 

Level of English required: B1+ 


The course is 100% self-access without assessment but if you choose to complete a portfolio, which is assessed by a tutor, you are given a final assessment of Excellent/Satisfactory/Development required.


The course can be taken in two modes:

  • 100% self-access without assessment  (35 hours) 
  • Completion of an assessed portfolio  (additional 8 hours) 

There is an additional charge if you would like your portfolio to be assessed by one of our SEN expert teacher-trainers. The trainer will assess and give you feedback on your portfolio tasks for eight units. Participants are given a final assessment of Excellent/Satisfactory/Development required.

The units are:

  • introduction
  • gifted and talented learners
  • multi-cultural influences and the impact on learning difficulties
  • dyspraxia
  • inclusive assessment approaches
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • language and speech difficulties
  • visual, hearing and physical impairments
  • dyslexia
  • social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBDs)


Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each unit as well as for successfully completing the portfolio (if applicable). 


How to apply?

To apply, please visit the TeachingEnglish website