About the materials

These training materials were commissioned in response to a Government recommendation, following the Lamb Inquiry (2009).

They are designed to support teachers in mainstream schools who wish to gain advanced and specialist skills for teaching pupils with:

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
  • Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD)
  • Dyslexia or specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
  • Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

The materials consist of five learning modules, each of which focuses on one of the above areas of special educational needs and disability (SEND).

The materials feature reading-based and practical training tasks, some of which will need to be completed at school with colleagues, pupils, or parents. We have also created a range of audio/video resources to help with your study, all of which can be accessed via this site – either as you work through each module or by visiting the audio/video library.

Please read all three of the guidance areas in this section, by selecting the ‘Using the materials’ and ‘Our aims’ tabs, before you start using the materials.

Get started

Choose a module

First, you’ll need to select the module that’s most appropriate for your area of teaching or interest. We’ve provided a brief summary of the content of each module to help you with this.

Choose a module

Visit the audio/video library

The materials include 47 audio and video resources, most of which relate to tasks and activities. You can browse through these outside of their respective modules in the audio/video library.

Browse through the library

Help and instructions

If you’re still unsure about how to use the materials, you can find out more on our help page. This provides instructions and tips on how to make the most of the PDFs and online resources.

Visit the help page