Working with SEND Students: 101

Event description

Are you looking to start or expand your career into supporting students with SEND, or are simply seeking some practical upskilling, then our next CPD workshop ‘Working with SEND students’ is for you.

Join the Opogo consultants and established SEND educators as they help you enhance and establish your knowledge base, prepare you for working SEND students and give you practical strategies to use in the classroom.

By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools you need to always have a positive impact on your pupils, impress your colleagues and take a step closer to your dream job.


What will be covered?

  • Basic understanding of SEND needs, settings and responsibilities
  • Inclusive language & terminology
  • General safeguarding responsibilities
  • How to “scaffold” work for SEND students
  • What to expect and things to be mindful of in schools
  • Autism awareness and dealing with students on different parts of the spectrum
  • Strategies on keeping SEND students engaged and on task
  • Interactive Q&A session

Who will benefit?

This workshop will be perfect for those who have just started working with SEND students or are looking to or are interested in working in this space.



When will the event take place?



Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Room 3A, Opogo, 3rd floor, 15 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3AR

Click here to book your free place now.


Identifying and supporting the Young Carers in your school

On the back of a Schools Autism Awareness event last year, our school decided to set up a Young Carers support group.

The Young Carers meet once a fortnight to socialise. There is no agenda set for the sessions. It is time for these students to relax, eat, drink and play.

A recent study in Glasgow found Young Carers to be almost 50% less likely to attend University. Another study has shown 80% of young carers miss out of childhood experiences. It is figures like this which make having a young carers provision in all schools so vital.

Last week I took the group on an Open Minds project to The University of East London (UEL). The 6-month project will help students learn about the brain and mental health. None of the students had ever visited a university before.

Holding hands

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About our Community Expert


Bernie Callanan


Over 10 years of SEN experience in a number of settings. Developed whole-school approaches to ensure students with SEN are catered with the support they need.

Placing the student with SEN at the heart of all decisions made regarding their education, whilst liaising with all stakeholders involved.

Bernie is our education expert who provides SEN related content.