Leadership Training Programme for Assistive Technology

This two-hour online course has been specifically designed for leaders in schools and colleges.
The course will provide you with a high-level overview of assistive technology (AT) including why high-quality assessment, provisioning and ongoing support of AT is vital for many students with SEND to succeed in their studies.
We will consider the assistive technology continuum from universal design for learning to specialist AT hardware and software. We will include information relevant to the current pandemic context, where support for assistive technology is often being provided remotely.
We will examine the need for a supportive IT infrastructure in order for high-quality AT provision to be possible. This section will include practical advice such as suggested appropriate questions to ask IT teams or managed service providers.
We will look at different methods of AT delivery in the curriculum, notably different approaches to embedding AT into an organisation including the creation of a specialist AT role, the train the trainer approach and embedding AT practice into existing roles.
Methods of funding AT will be considered. We will include a brief overview of what mainstream and specialist contexts can learn from each other about AT delivery.
We will cover understanding the AT needs of your cohort and the importance of providing AT assessment equipment and software that is suitable to the student cohort.
We will provide delegates with links to further resources including accessibility resources and information on the ‘baked in’ accessibility options found in many modern operating systems and office software suites. We will provide a rapid overview of what AT is available and will signpost to further support options, inclusive of further training available in the EdTech Demonstrator programme and beyond.
This course will be led by Rohan Slaughter and David Finch. Rohan is a senior lecturer in educational assistive technology at the University of Dundee. Rohan previously worked for Jisc as a subject specialist in assistive technology and infrastructure systems and formerly worked at Scope’s Beaumont College in Lancaster as assistant principal and head of technology. David is Director of International Development and Research at National Star College in Cheltenham

This course if free of charge and supported by the Department for Education

Online - Details will be sent out close to the event
National Star
GL53 9QU