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Teaching Maths to SEND Students – Short CPD Course

This short course considers practical ways to embed mathematical thinking and learning into your classroom, explores the principles of 'teaching for mastery', and identifies effective teaching strategies for the maths curriculum. This short course is designed with SEND students in mind, but 'good teaching for SEND is good teaching for all' - making it applicable to whole-class teaching too.

Learning outcomes

You will understand the key principles of 'Teaching for Mastery'
You will be able to make maths accessible for SEND students and understand some of the barriers to achievement they may face
You will feel confident in your understanding and application of the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach

Advantages of the course

Many students report ‘maths anxiety’, which affects their confidence and ability to apply known number skills to different contexts. This course explains 'maths anxiety' and some of the ways it can be overcome. As this does not just affect SEND students, but all students, this section of the course will be useful for teaching staff in a wide range of classrooms.
Underpinning the course is the idea that maths should be fun, accessible, and tangible for SEND students. This course includes games and activities to play with students and a list of concrete manipulatives Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning

There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites, books, and podcasts to expand knowledge

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Course Details

Topics Covered

You will understand the key principles of ‘Teaching for Mastery’
You will be able to make maths accessible for SEND students and understand some of the barriers to achievement they may face
You will feel confident in your understanding and application of the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed


Qualification Awarded

This course provides successful students with a completion certificate from CACHE and their enhanced learning program (£18.00 charge applies)

Awarding body CACHE is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

Please note: Short courses provide students with CPD completion certification. To complete a fully recognised qualification students are required to complete a RQF listed course in addition. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by CACHE and can take up to 12 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued

Course Duration

These short courses can be completed in approx 10 hours of study. This will depend on student commitment and ability. Ideal for those who are considering a career in the childcare sector or indeed qualified practitioners looking to enhance their skills in a particular topic.

Study Method

Students are able to complete their course purely online though our student portal. Students can expect to receive access to the student portal via email within 1 working days of enrolment being received.

Once enrolment is received we will email you access and log in information to make a start on your chosen course.


Students will progress through a series of topics online through our student portal. As students progress through the course they will complete four lots of multiple choice quiz type assessments. If you dont complete first time you can try the assessments again at no extra charge. Upon completion students can download and print a college certificate whilst awaiting their CACHE endorsed certification.

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