Online training for
Special Educational Needs
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Courses for Broken Bay Catholic

Catholic Education Diocese of Broken Bay

The online training courses are to support classroom teachers in both primary and high school and other educational personnel in responding to the diverse additional needs of students.

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Image of booksThe online courses are delivered through a supported training model. This model includes tutor-led sessions for discussions, presentations and sharing of resources as well as self-paced individual study.

Each course runs over a period of 8 - 10 weeks. Participants join a cohort of up to twelve people led by a trained tutor.

What courses are available?

Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading / DYS

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Students who experience dyslexia or other significant difficulties in learning to read may struggle across all the key learning areas. An understanding of how these difficulties can impact on student learning and educational outcomes is important for all teachers. It will assist you to both adjust your teaching to meet the needs of these students and to make a difference to their learning outcomes.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • the causes, incidence and main characteristics of dyslexia
  • some of the issues surrounding dyslexia and significant difficulties in reading
  • how to carry out an individual reading assessment and monitor student progress
  • the importance of a whole school approach to teaching reading and providing additional support
  • a range of practical strategies to teach the critical aspects of reading
  • how to individualise the class reading program
  • how to support learning across the curriculum and use assistive technology effectively

Understanding Personalised Learning and Support / PL

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In any group of students there will be a range of diverse learning needs. Personalising learning for all students, including those with disability and additional learning needs, should take into account these individual differences. Personalised learning and support to meet these diverse needs should be reflected in the quality of the learning experience which is offered to each individual student.

This course focuses on:

  • personalising learning and support as it applies to all students, with a focus on those with disability and additional learning needs
  • developing a collaborative, whole-school approach that provides rigorous, relevant and engaging learning programs for all students
  • providing assessment processes and teaching and learning activities that are adjusted to meet the specific needs of those students
  • building supportive learning environments that offer a range of effective teaching strategies and adjustments to improve outcomes for all students
  • understanding your responsibilities as a teacher under the Disability Standards for Education (2005)

Each course has four main elements:

  • Understanding
  • Assessment
  • Interventions
  • Case studies

The content is presented in a variety of ways to accommodate different learning preferences. All courses include interactions, printable resources, animations and videos.

There a number of quizzes throughout the course, and as a participant you must contribute to forums, goals and interventions as part of the course requirements.

View sample pages from each course by clicking on the sample link in the course information above.

What is the feedback?

Those who have completed the courses rate them very highly in terms of the impact of the courses on extending knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting students with special needs.

Region Regional contact name Tel Email
Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Broken Bay Marie Seaford 02 9847 0384 marie.seaford@dbb.catholic.edu.au
Name Role Org Tel Email
Carmel Blake Coordinator Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Broken Bay 0 keepcarm.consulting@gmail.com
Toni Hannelly Other Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Broken Bay 02 98470408 Toni.hannelly@dbb.catholic.edu.au