A trainer with a global reputation

Ian has devised and delivered 1000s of hours of bespoke training sessions for many 1000s of teachers, support staff and therapists in schools, colleges and other organisations in the UK and 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 AT to support communication and learning needs for young people with severe and complex needs.

Underpinned by 25 years of experience and informed by many thousands of hours working with educators and therapists in classrooms around the world, our training focuses firmly on the use of technology to support the communication, learning and independence of students with special educational needs.

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.  We offer both face to face and online training.


Online Professional Development Centre
SENict now provides a comprehensive package of training courses direct from our website through our Professional Development Centre. Our online training focuses specifically on developing the communication and access skills of young people with severe, profound and complex needs. You'll find courses covering switches, touch devices, pointing devices and eye gaze alongside early communication and guidance on embedding the use of assistive technology into every aspect of the school day.

Here's a short video with more information.

PD Centre subscribers are able to join exclusive live Zoom training sessions covering a wide range of topics held almost every week and can watch recordings of all past sessions at any time.

View our Zoom training schedule

Subscribers to our Professional Development Centre also get access to our library of training videos, course handouts and hundreds of free resources and software you can use to assess and teach these important life skills. A year's subscription to our Professional Development Centre costs as little as £22.00 for an individual or £130 for the whole school. For more information, visit our Professional Development Centre.


SENict offers a wide range of flexible face to face training and support packages.

Ian can provide training on any aspect of using technology to support the communication, learning and independence skills of children and adults with severe, complex and profound additional needs. Whatever your focus, Ian will devise and deliver informative and engaging training that will help you reach those goals.  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?

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!" 

Every school booking a session also receives a free one-year subscription to our Online Professional Development Centre where you will find assessment materials, teaching guides, recording materials training videos and over 30 full-package teaching programs for switch, touchscreen, mouse and eye gaze users.

For more information about this or any other of our services, please visit our Contact page.


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.

'Beanie in a Box' - Training and support packages for schools and other organisations
Find out more about our exclusive 'Beanie in a Box' service level training and support packages we offer to schools and other organisations who are working with young people who experience severe and profound additional needs. Flexible and responsive support, training and consultancy tailored to meet your specific needs and goals for learning and communication with assistive technology.

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. Our twilight hands-on sessions will give your staff the skills they need and the confidence to use your ICT more effectively, ensuring that your teaching with technology contributes to making progress. Our twilight workshops are designed to fit into your school day and can run from 3pm to 6pm. Please note: Travel costs can add significantly to training fees. If your school is over 100 miles from Manchester, it may be more cost effective to choose a longer session.

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