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SEN Newsletter June 2017

CPD Training for Schools
CCEA is delighted to have delivered a range of CPD training to schools over this last academic year. Many of the courses were so popular that we had to introduce a waiting list for next year. For anyone planning ahead to the 17/18 school year, please feel free to make requests for training via our website:
Schools might also find it useful to use our 'A Window On Special' video series as part of their CPD programme. We are currently producing additional resources to assist schools in making the best use of the videos to enhance their own practice:

Northern Ireland Anti Bullying Forum Competition 2017

The theme for Anti Bullying Week this year is All Equal, all different, all together.
The competition timings have changed this year and the competition is running for the last term of the 16/17 academic year. The competition will therefore close on Friday 23 June. This year there is a category in the competition for special schools. We would love to have as many entries as possible to celebrate the great anti bullying work which is happening across special schools in Northern Ireland. Schools and pupils can enter work they have created throughout the term which fits the theme of “all equal, all different, all together” or a timely opportunity to explore the theme and create new work to submit.
The competition guidelines and entry form can be found on their website here:

Anti-Bullying Week 2017 will take place from 13-17 November. You can register for anti-bullying week so that your school receives free resources and posters for anti-bullying week here:


SEN Conference 2017

CCEA is hosting a one day conference for SEN schools on 30 August highlighting how creativity and aspirational thinking can enhance classroom practice within special educational needs schools. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from key speakers in this area and will be able to engage in a series of workshops that will be facilitated by teachers, allied professionals and academics. The workshops will provide teachers with practical activities that they can take away and use in their classrooms. Limited spaces are still available, if you wish to book a place then please visit our Curriculum Events page

Short Course on Understanding Autism

FutureLearn are offering a free short course on Understanding Autism. Teachers and other staff may find this useful in improving their understanding of how to meet the needs of learners in their school.

New Qualification for Learners with SEN

CCEA is pleased to announce that the new Entry Level Life Skills specification, first teaching September 2017, is now accredited. You can view the draft accredited qualification below.

This qualification has been developed in response to stakeholder feedback to enhance CCEA’s provision of qualifications for learners with special educational needs. We've developed it with the needs of learners with SEN in mind providing students with the opportunity to develop skills for independent living and personal skills to support their transition to adult life.

There are 27 available units covering five skill areas: Independent Living; Personal Development; Communication and Number; Arts and Leisure and Vocational.
To support the learning of this new qualification there will be an Entry Level Life Skills Launch and Support event taking place on 12 September 2017.

For more information and to view the specification please visit

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