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How International Schools can benefit from the UK’s leading masters-level inclusive educational training

 
School leaders have been telling us about their frustrations in being unable to have their teachers without UK QTS access the new skills, confidence and abilities the UK’s National Award in SEN Coordination provides. As things stand, the absence of UK QTS or QTLS is an insurmountable barrier to joining this course. Additionally, even for those who have QTS, the foundation of the course is UK regulations, structures and societal make-up.

Based on that, we have taken the best of the UK award, augmented it and then changed the rest to make the course agnostic to location or geography, and also have a greater focus on issues that matter to leaders in international schools, like third culture kids, and the intersection of local and scholastic language in students with EAL. This isn’t simply a re-hash of the UK award – it’s a bespoke course, designed for – and in partnership with – international schools.

Our iSenco course is:

  • Delivered fully online, and without internal deadlines, so delegates can study at a time and pace which suits their real lives. This is also more cost-effective as it means teachers do not need to be away from their learning centre
  • Tutored one-to-one by highly experienced experts
  • Created bespoke for the international schools market
  • Based on the latest psychological insight and expertise
  • Founded on experience – Real Training is one of the UK’s largest SENCO trainers
  • Practice-led, as we believe we learn best by doing, in a real-world environment
  • Delivered on our bespoke virtual learning environment, Campus Online
  • University-validated. Graduates will exit with a 60-credit Postgraduate Certificate from Middlesex University. By completing the course you can continue on your masters journey, whether it is with us or another provider
  • Based on the highest standards. We are members of the National Award Provider Group in the UK, our courses are all assessed and monitored by Middlesex University and we are members of the British Accrediation Council
  • Created in partnership with international partners including school leaders based in international schools and informed by insights gained from our membership of groups including COBISBESA and ISCR.

If you are interested in reserving a place, all you need to do is register on our booking form. Registration takes two or three minutes, and no payment is taken at this stage. Additionally, if you want to change your start date further down the line, all you need to do is let us know and we can arrange this – and with no additional cost.

The deadline to register and enrol for the next cohort is January 15, and there are further cohorts in May and September.

Alongside our iSenco course, we also deliver NPQs, the UK National Award, our MEd SEND programme, our world-leading Professional Assessment Programme and more. All our courses are delivered online and suited to delegates based all over the world. In fact, we have current participants in 53 countries across the globe.

Effectively supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs in schools

 
As you are probably aware, today is World Mental Health Day. Perhaps there are activities in your setting to discuss this and raise awareness of some of the issues – spoken and unspoken – which will affect at least some of the students in your care? According to a study by Green H et al in 2005, one in ten children has a diagnosable mental health disorder. And a more recent study by the Office for National Statistics in 2016 suggested that perhaps unsurprisingly for those on the frontline of education, close to one in four children and young people show some evidence of poor mental health.

Finding effective strategies, allied to empathy

Clearly, as both an educator and a public servant, your first inclination when working with students with social, emotional or mental health challenges is – quite rightly – to be empathetic.

However, what many educators have told us over the years is that, particularly in this area of need, knowing how to approach these issues is fraught with concern. The fear of inadvertently causing distress through well-intentioned actions is true of everyone in society when engaging with people who are suffering from these challenges, but particularly acute with teachers.

Improved insight giving better outcomes

Allied to working with mental health and medical professionals as part of the teacher’s duty of care, there are also training options available to empower educators with practical skills and knowledge to help make a positive difference to students’ scholastic and life outcomes.

Real Training offers a masters module in Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs as part of our MEd SEND programme. This 30-credit module (validated by Middlesex University) can be taken as either a standalone module, combined with our Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion module to confer upon graduates a postgraduate certificate in SEND: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, or give 30 credits towards a full masters for the module, or 60 when combined with Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

Whether participants simply want to gain the skills and knowledge from the module itself or make it part of their ongoing progression, our programme is entirely flexible.

What are the benefits of the module?

Full details of the module’s content, outcomes, costs, start dates and more can be found on the Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs webpage. But the core aspects which make our programmes different are that they’re:

  • Delivered and tutored by experts. Our Module Leader, Sarah Norris, is a senior Educational Psychologist who has worked extensively with schools and young people with SEND and specialises in the field of mental health. Sarah is supported by other expert tutors in delivering our module.
  • Flexibly delivered, fully online. We know that the life of the educator is extremely busy and unpredictable. So our fully-tutored, online courses have no internal deadlines, so you can work at a pace – and at times – to suit your real life.
  • Based on psychology. Real Training is founded and owned by Educational Psychologists, so all of our programmes are based on the latest, and most rigorous, psychological insight.

What are the next steps?

If you have seen enough and want to book your place for our next cohort in January, you can book your place today online. Booking online takes just a couple of minutes, and no payment is needed at this stage.