As a result of the pandemic, colleges across the sector were suddenly tasked with supporting large numbers of learners to continue their programmes at home. We wanted to share effective practice in reaching learners with SEND in Natspec member colleges with the wider sector. Our particular aim was to provide a framework to help providers to focus on the quality of the home learning and support they were offering.
We gathered the advice, guidance, tools and resources developed at that time on our Home Learning Website. We believe it remains useful in supporting colleges to set and maintain a high standard of remote or blended learning, whatever the reason a student is at home.
Assistive Technology at home
At the same time, TechAbility put together a list of resources to support the use of technology in home learning for students with SEND. The list covers communication aids, resources, basic accessibility hints for commonly used technology, as well as some general advice and guidance about home learning and working practice.
Our assistive technologists also produced a number of webinars covering various aspects of home learning. These include:
- Tech access for learners with complex needs / disabilities
- Tech access for learners using ‘mainstream’ assistive technology
- Remote teaching
- Remote therapy
- Microsoft Teams as a virtual learning environment
- Focus on assistive technology for parents and carers