Why OLT courses?
“Our vision for children with SEND is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
Foreword, SENDCoP 2015
We believe that all children should be given the best chance in life. Our courses are designed to help you and your school improve learning outcomes for ALL children.
How we do it
We work with SEND experts to create engaging, user-friendly online courses. These are then blended with online and direct tutor contact, for some human support and specialist guidance. This support can be provided by an OLT tutor or, where an organisation subscribes, those responsible for providing in-house specialist support.
The benefits of blended learning
- Your learning directly relates to your workplace and is delivered and supported in this context
- Your online tutor provides support and feedback
- You can meet an immediate need with OLT courses, e.g. when facing a new challenge in the classroom, as they enable just-in-time learning
- Learning is completely flexible, taking place at your own time and pace
- Content is evidence based, written by experts in the field, and regularly updated
- Forums give you an opportunity to take part in discussions and share experiences and best practice with others
- Setting goals and interventions means that the impact on pupil outcomes can be demonstrated clearly
- Individuals or whole schools can participate, and there are no geographical boundaries
- OLT courses are a cost-effective solution to CPD due to the flexibility of delivery and study
- The Learning Management System provides organisations delivering the courses with comprehensive management information
The DfE Standard for Teachers’ professional development
OLT courses meet these standards, which state that professional development for teachers:
- should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes
- should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
- should include collaboration and expert challenge
- should be sustained over time
and must be prioritised by school leadership.
How does it work?
- You, or your employer, purchase a place on a course
- We match you with a tutor
- You start your course
- Your tutor gets in touch to plan your progression through the course, and agree contact points
- When you’ve met the course requirements, your tutor issues you with a certificate of completion
If a school or local authority enrols a number of employees on a course, they can opt to have an in-house specialist provide tutor support. In this situation, the in-house specialist would complete the course(s) as a participant first, and take part in tutor training to prepare them for the role.
What does it cost?
Our courses are competitively priced and we offer discounts to individuals, schools and organisations depending on their needs.
You can also use the chat option which appears at the bottom of every page if someone is available, to chat to a member of the team.