Assistive technology training pilot supports SEND students

nasen, the National Association for Special Educational Needs, has launched a training pilot with assistive technology company Microlink to support SEND students in their learning

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

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the training pilot aims to grow and develop the use of assistive technology in support of young people with SEND. 

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

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

The training shares knowledge and best practice, enabling the students to implement their learning and lead a whole-school approach. 

Assistive technology has an increasingly important role to play in education. Through the pandemic, its importance has accelerated with children and young people learning both in school and remotely. We know that using assistive technology can be life-changing and empowering for a learner with SEND or learning differences – Annamarie Hassall MBE, nasen CEO 

A launch event will take place on 27th January, attended by the senior leaders and Assistive Technology Champions from the 24 participating secondary schools and 57 primary schools meeting with nasen and Microlink to help embed the forthcoming learning across the whole school.  

“Assistive technology can bring the confidence of a level playing field for all students, improve the support we offer to those most in need of help and improve the lives and productivity of our teachers,” commented CEO of Microlink Dr Nasser Siabi.

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