The candidates on this year’s OCR Level 5 Diploma course are now nearly half way through. They are about to start their first teaching practice and are really looking forward to putting the theory into practice. This year’s new venue at Cobham Hall Independent School has proved to be an elegant setting for the sessions, and we are very grateful to the school for hosting the OCR course this year.
This qualification has been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the Special Educational Needs sector and their ability to deliver effective teaching sessions to learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. Candidates are likely to be practising and experienced teachers, or professionals who hold other professional qualifications, and should have a good level of learning support experience.
Candidates learn how to assess for, plan and deliver a programme of specialist teaching to a child who is experiencing difficulty in his/her learning. They undertake two specialist teaching practices during the course and are observed and supported by our tutors. Current national and local legislation and policies relevant to Special Educational Needs is studied. Specialist reports from other professionals, such as an educational psychologist, or specialist assessor are explained and each candidate will be expected to show how such a report would inform his/her understanding of the learner’s needs.