Assistive technology training pilot supports SEND students


nasen, the National Association for Special Educational Needs (SEND), has partnered with assistive technology provider Microlink to lead a pilot training project with more than 80 schools across the country.

Founded by the Ministry of Education (DfE), the training pilot aims to increase and develop the use of assistive technologies for young people with SEND.

Leading charity SEND nasen’s collaboration with Microlink will see online training sessions held for named assistive technology champions from individual schools between January 31 and March 7, 2022.

The project will explore how assistive technology can break down barriers and support teachers to ensure that all children with SEND are encouraged to succeed and succeed to the best of their ability.

The training shares knowledge and best practices, enabling students to implement their learning and lead a holistic approach to the school.

Assistive technologies have an increasingly important role to play in education. Through the pandemic, its importance has accelerated, with children and young people learning both at school and at a distance. We know that the use of assistive technology can be life changing and empower a learner with SEND or learning differences – Annamarie Hassall MBE, CEO of nasen

A launch event will take place on the 27e January, attended by senior leaders and assistive technology champions from the 24 participating secondary schools and 57 elementary schools, meeting with nasen and Microlink to help integrate future learning throughout the school.

“Assistive technology can bring the confidence of all students on an equal footing, improve the support we provide to those who need it most, and improve the lives and productivity of our teachers,” commented the Microlink CEO Dr Nasser Siabi.

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