National Star College setup the SEND support hub as part of the DfE (Department of Education) EdTech Strategy, Demonstrator Programme.
Rohan Slaughter was engaged as a consultant to design and deliver a webinar series titled 'Leadership for Assistive Technology', this was aimed at primary and secondary school leaders as well as further education college leaders. The purpose of the course was to provide the following:
This two-hour course has been designed for leaders in schools and colleges. The course will provide delegates 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.