A trainer with a global reputation

Ian has devised and delivered hundreds of bespoke training sessions for thousands of teachers, support staff and therapists in schools, colleges and other organisations around the world. His unique blend of confidence building, practical advice and easily replicable novel teaching strategies are delivered in an engaging and entertaining way to ensure your staff will leave the training motivated and ready to try all that they have learned in their classrooms the very next day.

All of our training sessions are backed up with a comprehensive pack of handouts, exemplar materials and online support and encouragement long after the course has ended. For more information about our training and consultancy services, please visit our contact page to discuss your requirements.

Training on all aspects of using ICT to support communication and learning needs

Underpinned by 20 years of experience and informed by hundreds of 'best practice' lesson observations in classrooms around the world, our ICT training focuses firmly on the use of technology to support the communication, learning and independence of students with special educational needs. Ian will not only show you how to set up and use the technology but more importantly, how to use it in your teaching to ensure that your students make progress.

All of our courses are delivered by Ian Bean, an experienced special needs teacher, trainer and consultant. We would never send a substitute. Each school we work with is different. Our training has been carefully designed to meet your unique staff development priorities.  Here is a list of just some of the training days / courses we can offer ...

Assess and Make Progress 
Based on our popular switch, touch, pointing device and eye gaze progression documents, this one-day course focuses on developing the skills needed to assess your students for access devices and how best to teach those skills as an integral part of the school day. This course is supported by a comprehensive hand-out pack which includes assessment guides, small step progression guides for switch, touch, pointing device and eye gaze users, access passport templates and other useful documents. 

Communication and Technology for Profound and Complex Needs 
This course for practitioners working with students experiencing profound and complex needs focuses on how technology might contribute to the development of early communication skills. We explore access assessment and skills development with a range of technologies as tools to support engagement and participation in classroom teaching.  

Assistive Technology: What Every School Needs to Know 
Life is difficult enough for our students with additional needs with the many challenges they face. Using the computer shouldn't be one of them. This informative, practical session explores common difficulties to computer access for people with physical and / or cognitive difficulties and demonstrates how technology can help overcome them. Delivered to small or large groups.

Every Moment Matters: Interacting with the world through ICT
With the focus firmly on practical examples, this busy day explores; Eye Gaze, iPads and Apps, Visual Supports, Switches and Switch progression, Communication devices and interactive whiteboards. This hands-on day shares important skills useful to new and experienced staff and is perfect for schools that want use ICT more effectively in their lessons.

Eye Gaze and the Special Learner
This hands-on course explores eye gaze systems and software for students with severe and profound additional needs and what it can realistically deliver in the classroom. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of eye gaze and how to interpret the results from the analysis tools to enable you to make informed decisions about teaching with this new technology. 

Inclusive Creative Computing for SEN
How do we teach programming, algorithms and other topics from the Computing Curriculum to our students with SEN? This very practical hands-on training day will give you the skills and confidence to teach the computing curriculum to ALL of your students. We'll cover programming, computational thinking, digital literacy, social media and  e-safety.

iPads, Apps and Additional Needs
Explore the iPad hardware and learn how to personalise the device for a particular pupil or activity. Then get hands-on with a wide range of classroom tried and tested apps covering curriculum topics and themes with the emphasis not just on what they do but more importantly how we can use them in our teaching. We'll look at switch access and communication apps too.

Switch Skills Progression - ideas and activities
Based on the very popular 'Switch Progression Road Map', this session provides ideas, inspiration and examples of best practice to help move your switch skills teaching away from the computer in the corner of the classroom and into every aspect of the school day and beyond using games, toys, ACC devices and iPads if you have them in school.

This is not an exhaustive list.
Ian can provide training on any aspect of ICT teaching and using technology to support the communication, learning and independence skills of children and adults with special needs. Remember too that all of our training is bespoke and tailored specifically to meet the needs of your school. Interested in having Ian deliver training alongside your staff and pupils in school? Ian has been fully vetted and holds an enhanced disclosure CRB certificate, details of which can be supplied on request.

Here's what people have been saying about our training.

"This made me think carefully about our use of ICT in school and what our students learn from it."
"Excellent app ideas to use in class - can't wait to go through all of the resources and hand-outs."
"Loads of accessible information that was completely pertinent to my situation and development needs."
"Lots to learn, but using plenty of humour and being very clear about what we want children to learn."
"Left me thinking hard about our use of eye gaze and how we know that it is working for our students."
"Ian was excellent! Funny, witty, honest and never afraid to answer questions."

Ian was a knowledgeable and very lively presenter whose dedication to meeting the needs of the pupils was at the heart of everything he said."
"Delightfully irreverent!" 

Flexible options to suit your school or organisation

Here at SENICT, we know how difficult it can be to find the time (and budget) to fit ICT training into your already busy training schedule. To help, we provide a range of flexible options. Whatever you choose, we'll agree a programme with you, deliver motivating and engaging training and provide you with a comprehensive pack of support materials which will be useful long after the training is over.

Full Day Training
Specifically tailored to meet the needs of your school, staff and students, our whole day hands-on training will give your staff the skills and confidence they need and inspire them to use ICT effectively to support learning across the curriculum.

Half Day Training (afternoons only)
Can't give up a full day? Same great service as our full day training but starting at 12:00 noon.

PM Plus Training
With PM Plus we provide an afternoon of training or consultancy for key members of staff together with a twilight session after the students have gone home. How you organise the sessions is up to you. Some schools opt for a consultancy in the afternoon perhaps working with the ICT coordinator to look at an ICT development plan or schemes or work. Maybe you would like Ian to work with key staff to help them develop assistive technology assessment skills, or perhaps some hands-on training for those best able to share their skills around school? Your PM Plus session finishes with a twilight session for some or all of the staff. Your day... you decide.

Twilight training and workshops
Most schools have invested heavily in purchasing ICT equipment and software. Maybe you want to learn how to make your own accessible resources. Perhaps you've just invested in iPads and want to learn how to use them more effectively or you just want to make better use of your expensive resources. Our twilight hands-on sessions will give your staff the skills they need and the confidence to use your ICT more productively. Our twilight workshops are designed to fit into your school day and can run from 3pm to 6pm.

Whatever your needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.