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Issue 2 January 2017

Welcome to the second issue of CCEA’s SEN newsletter. The SEN team would like to wish you and your learners a very happy and healthy 2017.

This issue focusses on a few highlights from last term and looks forward to some exciting future activities.

Digital Skills Curriculum for SEN
We are currently developing a framework that will show clear progression of digital skills for learners from foundation stage to A-level and beyond. To ensure that our learners with special educational needs are catered for, we have consulted with a focus group of teachers from SEN schools across Northern Ireland. In this group we discussed the current provision for digital skills/ICT and looked towards what we should be providing in the future.

If you are interested in taking part in a SEN specific focus group, please contact Andrew Douglas
Our SEN team wants to hear from you
  • Feedback on existing support

    We really value your feedback on the support we provide. It helps us to improve our existing support and to better meet your needs. Please take a few moments to complete this evaluation form selecting the SEN option where appropriate.
  • Planning future support
    We are particularly keen to hear from you about the types of support you would like to receive. Please email to give us details of the additional information or support you require. 
  • Contact
         You can also contact the SEN team should you wish to discuss any other SEN related issues.
Helen Miskelly
028 9026 1200 ext 2617
Treasa Farrell
028 9026 1200 ext 2619
Andrew Douglas
028 9026 1200 ext 2713
Jenny Robinson
028 9026 1200 ext 2621
Teresa Robb
028 9026 1200 ext 2296

Celebrate with CCEA
Celebrate with CCEA is an annual award ceremony that recognises the commitment and dedication that drives our vocational learners. View the highlights of last year’s event here.

The event, which this year will be held in April, celebrates learners who display outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment in their CCEA examinations.

Nominations are now open and will close Mon 6th February. Click here for details on how to nominate your inspirational learners.


Literacy Online

New teaching resources for raising literacy standards for learners with cognitive difficulties are now available for downloading here.

These units use engaging scenarios taken from media which is familiar to learners to develop their literacy skills. They provide teachers with teaching frameworks to enhance learning and make it more exciting, dynamic and effective for learners.

Guidance on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Young Learners

The Guidance on SEBD and Young Learners aims to
  • assist teachers, school leaders and school governors in developing a culture of support and empathy in their schools which will lead to a reduction of risk of SEBD; and
  • facilitate the early identification of and intervention for learners with SEBD using a multiagency approach
This supports the advice given in 'Guidance on Identifying and Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties'.

View the guidance for more information here.

Visitors from New Zealand
          In September 2016 CCEA hosted teachers from New Zealand who wished to see how we assessed learners with SEN in Northern Ireland. We were able to take them through our assessment frameworks and answer their queries.

During their stay they also visited a number of schools where teachers were able to show them both Quest and the Q Skills in action. It is very encouraging to see how progressive our teachers and schools are in this small but vibrant region.

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