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Assistive Technology to Raise Attainment in a Complex Needs Classroom

Assistive Technology has much to offer the learner with complex learning needs caused by a combination of sensory, cognitive, physical and communication impairment. This course will look at how you can best use a range of technologies to motivate, engage, include and empower learners with complex needs.

In hands-on activities, participants will explore how to support learners in their use of assistive technology across the curriculum and how to make decisions about the most appropriate technology to use based on a learner's sensory, communication, physical and cognitive skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to use specialist software and other tools to create bespoke learning and teaching materials.

The course will provide ideas and practical solutions for implementing appropriate Assistive Technologies in a busy classroom with a range learners who have different additional support needs.



7th December 2017
University of Edinburgh

Morning Seminar £40
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

with Workshop £80
(1:30pm - 3:30pm)

What you will learn

Morning seminar

  • New and emerging assistive technology solutions
  • How to support and extend learning with assistive technology
  • How to create motivating bespoke learning and teaching materials
  • Simple, creative ideas for using Assistive Technology in the classroom
  • Practical strategies for using Assistive Technology in mixed ability classes

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers, Support for Learning Teachers
  • Classroom assistants, Additional support Needs assistants
  • Anyone working with a learner with complex needs
  • Parent/Carers

Afternoon workshop (optional)

The afternoon session will be capped at a maximum of 16 participants. No prior knowledge or expertise is required. You will get the chance to have hands on practice with Windows laptops and iPads using the software, apps and resources that have been talked about in the morning session.

You will have time to explore, ask questions, share ideas and take home ideas that can be immediately embedded into your practice and support of a learner with Complex Needs.

Meet your presenter(s)

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

My role involves: assessment and support of individual learners and research and development projects.

What the research says

Assistive technologies, the results of this study show, can increase participation, enhance inclusion, develop positive identity and self-confidence and raise achievement in the community of students with special educational needs
Professor Andy Hargreaves, member of the International Council of Education Advisers and currently advising the Scottish Government on the National Improvement Framework.
Reference: Hargreaves, A. & Braun, H. (2012). Leading for all page 53.

Teaching Strategies and Approaches for Pupils with Special Educational Needs: A Scoping Study


About the day

Morning Seminar

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Class size: No more than 50
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.

Afternoon Workshop (optional)

  • Duration: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Class size: No more than 16
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.


  • Room: , University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ