24/03/20 - 08:40:01 | Published in EPSS News

COVID-19: Free EPNET resources accessible from home.

Please find the below Free EPNET resources as compiled by Brighton & Hove Education Psychologist Megan Greenway

Ideas for Staff Online Training

General Subject Learning:

The Open University has a range of courses available: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

The vast range of topics on offer includes subject-specific learning such as ‘Teaching Secondary Geography’ as well as more general topics in education such as: ‘What children’s perspectives tell us about inclusion’; ‘Understanding anxiety’ and ‘Understanding autism’.


General Special Educational Needs

*   FutureLearn offers a range of different courses which vary in length (most are 6-10 weeks long – with an expectation of a few hours work per week- but some are 2-3 weeks long). https://www.futurelearn.com/using-futurelearn. I note one of their most popular resources is currently, “How to teach online courses”. There is a vast selection of courses on offer but some that may interest staff include:

*   Good practice in autism education

*   Migrants and refugees in education: a toolkit for professionals

*   Managing behaviour for learning

*   Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma

*   NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) has some online training – you need to register (or the SENDCo/Headteacher can register you)


There are also a series of mini-guides that you can download which includes titles like, “Girls and Autism: Flying under the Radar”; “Transition” and “Supporting reading and literacy in secondary schools” amongst others. https://nasen.org.uk/resource-listing.html?information_type=miniguide

*   The SEND gateway has numerous resources that are mainly pdfs but also provides a list of free online learning here:


Social Emotional Mental Health

*   Mind Ed offers free, completely open access, online education in over 300 topics, centred around mental well-being


*   The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) officially began in 2007, with a goal to improve outcomes in health and wellbeing for children and families across Alberta. They provide free online training around the brain: https://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training

*   Beacon house do not have online training but some helpful resources that it would be good for staff to read: https://beaconhouse.org.uk/resources/

*   ACEs Online Learning provides an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and early trauma (with a certificate for completion) https://www.acesonlinelearning.com/

Speech, Language and Social Communication

*   The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations, working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. They offer a range of free training such as: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/professional-development/online-short-course/

*   The National Autistic Society offers some free training occasionally – currently they have ‘Managing Money and ‘Finding Employment’ which are helpful when thinking about approaches to discussing these topics with young people who have ASC. https://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/training-consultancy/online/managing-money.aspx#<https://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/training-consultancy/online/managing-money.aspx>