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Course Overview

As educators, we should aim to provide every young person with the skills and knowledge to become active participants in a digital world.

On this course, you will examine the common barriers faced by students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the computing classroom, and how to address these barriers.

You will explore a number of general approaches and specific computing activities that will help to include and engage learners.

This course will support teachers who want to create a more inclusive computing classroom for all of their students.

·         Week 1

Making your classes accessible


Welcome to the course!

What is inclusion?

Learn about what inclusion means.


How to make learning more accessible.

·         Week 2

Programming approaches

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Approaches to supporting learners with SEND in computing!


Looking at unplugged approaches for SEND students.

Supporting programming

Choosing the right scaffolding, programming language and IDE for your learners

Engaging the senses

Using multimedia output and physical computing to engage your learners

Peer Assignment

Creating your own inclusive classroom activities for SEND students.

This course is designed for teachers of computing in primary and secondary school settings.

It will also be useful for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and teaching assistants in schools to learn about specific computing approaches to support the young people they work with.

If you are a teacher working with students with severe special educational needs or disabilities, you will gain some useful insights during this course, however, you may need to consider more specific adaptations than those described here.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Reflect on the common barriers faced by learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the computing classroom
  • Develop a toolkit of general teaching approaches to make lessons more inclusive for learners with SEND
  • Identify ways to adapt and improve teaching materials to make them more accessible
  • Develop effective approaches to teach programming to learners with SEND
  • Identify accessible programming environments and physical computing devices that can be used to make lessons more inclusive for learners with SEND
  • Model best practice by creating an inclusive computing lesson plan and materials
  • Accredited CPD Certificate