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Inspiring Your CPD - June 2017

29 06.17

Clients with additional needs (SEND / LDD)

This month’s newsletter explores resources for and work with SEND clients of all ages


Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).

‘High aspirations about employment, independent living and community participation should be developed through the curriculum and extra-curricular provision’ (SEND Code of Practice, 2015). In fact these same priorities apply for people at all stages of their life.


Career education materials – school and beyond

The Excellence Gateway has recently refreshed its ‘exhibition’ site on special educational needs and disability. Whilst focused on post-compulsory education providers, there is a wealth of policy and practical material for all, including self-assessment tools. The site requires you to create an account, but is free-of-charge.

Case studies of three FE colleges can be accessed through the Excellence Gateway YouTube channel.

Preparing for Adulthood (DfE-funded, a partnership between National Development Team for Inclusion and the Council for Disabled Children) offers resources and occasional regional events

Talentino Careers, a CDI Career Assured company, has a section of resources for SEN schools. Talentino’s report ‘The same and different’ offers case studies and recommendations for action (free-of-charge) and they offer services in schools (priced). The video Pathway to Employment from Brookfields School and Talentino argues powerfully the case for inclusion. See also the article by Jenny Connick of Talentino in the CDI’s Career Matters October 2016 (in the members’ area of the website).

Also for schools, The 3 o’Clock Club offers many resources for ‘teaching skills for life’ (priced).

Charting your course is a guide produced by guidance counsellors and HE career advisers in Ireland. Excellent sections on models of disability, disability awareness, learning environments and teaching methods/materials are relevant to the UK, although contextual information is Irish.


Member-to-member – the CDI LDD Community of Interest

There is limited national support or coordination for developing materials for use with SEND clients. The CDI’s Community of Interest on Learning Difficulties and Disabilities aspires to support member-to-member sharing of useful materials, some of which are ‘home-made’. This link takes you to our initial collection of material. It could be hugely extended if YOU contributed your own materials to share with others – see first page for how to share.


Special needs in higher education

AGCAS extracts data from the annual DLHE survey for an annual What Happens Next? report on the employment outcomes for students with disabilities. AGCAS good practice case studies are available to AGCAS members.

Canada’s Forum Academica is a discussion place for thought leaders who are ‘Rethinking Higher Ed’, and has recently published thoughts on ways to support students with disabilities in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and experience of the workplace.


Support for adults with additional needs: Work and Health Programme

A new Work and Health Programme will start in October 2017. This follows the publication in October 2016, jointly by the government departments of Work and Pensions and of Health, of Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper which includes a useful infographic on the prevalence and impact of disability on people of working age. The House of Commons Library contains a Briefing paper on the proposals (available as PDF) as well as links to other resources. Specialist Employability Support will continue for those with the most complex needs, utilising specialist providers such as Remploy and Shaw Trust.


Disability and employers

Attitudes of employers are crucial to opening up opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities, including those in the proposed Work and Health Programme. The government Disability Confident scheme offers useful information and resources addressed to employers’ concerns.


Views on the Work and Health Programme

Like most new government programmes, this one has received a mixed response with useful critique available from The Guardian and the Learning and Work Institute. Earlier work by the Local Government Association examines underlying priorities, including their interest in close links between local authorities’ responsibilities and the new central government programme.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a LinkedIn group for all members, and groups that are relevant for each home nation and for the Community of Interest groups, one of which focuses on Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. Start (or contribute to) a discussion; keep contributing for several days.

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.


For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:

Dr Lyn Barham,

Project Associate (Research)

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