Down Syndrome: Educating Children with Down syndrome in Mainstream Education (ICEP05)

Provider: ICEP Europe
£230.00 (no VAT on this item)
Accreditation opportunities: Certificate

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Description This specialised course has been developed by ICEP Europe in collaboration with Down Syndrome Ireland. The most common cause of a learning disability, Down syndrome is a genetic condition which results from an extra chromosome. Children with Down syndrome have enormous potential, but it is only relatively recently that we have leaned how to optimise this potential. Changing attitudes and values, as well as policy and legislative developments are increasing the numbers of pupils with Down syndrome being included in mainstream classrooms. This positive trend looks set to continue into the future and it is crucial that teachers and schools are prepared to respond effectively to the unique learning needs of these students. Being aware of the strengths and needs of pupils with Down syndrome enables teachers to devise appropriate instructional programmes and supports which promote engagement, progress and success in learning. The main focus of this course is to build the capacity of teachers and schools to provide appropriate educational experiences which are tailored to the individual needs and strengths of students with Down syndrome. There is a strong emphasis on practical evidence-based approaches which are directly applicable in the classroom and across the whole-school context.
Duration 20 hours
Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Health and care, Management, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Behaviour for Learning, Diversity, Inclusion, Personalised Learning, SEND, Classroom Management, Online, Webinar, Discussion forums, Video, Video chat, Governor, Child Protection Officer
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

While this course is primarily designed for teachers and allied professionals, it may also be helpful for parents who want more detailed information about the development and education of children and young people with Down syndrome.

Evidence underpinning this approach

This course is designed for teachers at both primary and post primary level and provides the latest research, detailed information and practical skills and strategies essential to delivering effective education and support to children and young people with Down syndrome. It will equip you with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the specific developmental and educational implications of Down syndrome and will build your capacity to adapt instruction and implement evidence-based approaches at an individual and whole-school level. You will also acquire a working knowledge of teaching strategies designed to develop literacy, speech, language and communication skills, numeracy and memory skills, social skills and motor skills. In addition, you will be encouraged to develop and implement best practice approaches and policies at the level of the classroom and in your own school in relation to supporting students with Down syndrome.

The focus of the course is to provide educators with proven educational approaches and teaching strategies which are designed to maximise progress for children with Down syndrome. The course will also provide an overview and background to emerging values and themes in the education of children and young people Down syndrome. Topics will include; implications of including students with Down syndrome in mainstream classrooms, the specific learning needs of students with Down syndrome, the differentiated curriculum, supporting students with differing levels of learning disability, promoting choice and autonomy, helping students build life skills, working with parents as partners, and developing individual education plans for students with Down syndrome.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Each student is required to complete the following items

  • Interactive Learning Assignment per module
  • Reflective Assignment
  • Completion of CPD record

On successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Professional Development. A CPD Record that includes reflective assignments and course work contributions can be printed off for addition to a CPD portfolio.

Follow-up activities and support The provider has not supplied this information

Key Course Information

  • The course comprises 5 interactive learning modules, each taking approximately four hours online study time to complete, or 20 hours in total
  • Learning is self-paced, allowing you to design your own study schedule around existing commitments, and giving you total freedom and flexibility
  • On completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development and a Learning Log of your course work which can be included in your CPD portfolio
  • Completion of a Reflective Assignment gives you the opportunity to analyse the key learning points from the course and how they can be applied in your classroom over the year ahead
  • Participants are encouraged to interact with each other via the online discussion forum, allowing learners to enter active discussions with their colleagues and receive feedback from the expert course tutors.


Associated Files File_icon Down Syndrome Course Descriptor Summer 2012 UK low res.pdf

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