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Inclusive Practice through Technology: an Overview for Pupil Support Assistants

We know - and appreciate - the vital role Pupil Support Assistants play in the support of learners with Additional Support Needs. With an increasing number of devices available in schools it is important to have the knowledge of how they can be used effectively thus creating an inclusive learning environment.

In this online learning workshop, we will explore a range of assistive technologies that can provide a pathway to raising attainment, supporting literacy difficulties, giving greater independence to pupils and to raising self esteem. We aim for the session to be relaxed, informative and interactive - it's ideal for those who are completely new to assistive technology.

Prior to the actual online session, all participants will be sent a short video explaining what will be covered in the workshop and clear step-by-step instructions of how to use built in features of iPads, chromebooks and Windows laptops. This will allow you to do some prior learning in your own time and the online session will be a great chance to learn more and to ask specific questions.

If your school is using a particular device then you will be able to go into a Breakout room in the online workshop and get support from an experienced CALL Scotland team member.



30th September 2021
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To understand how technology is a key element of a fully inclusive learning environment.
  • To understand how the built in assistive features on a laptop, iPad and chromebook can provide support and reassurance to dyslexic learners.
  • To explore how and when to use Text to Speech and Speech recognition to support reading and writing difficulties.
  • To explore free built-in literacy support features in Office 365 such as Immersive Reader and Learning Tools.
  • To recognise the multimedia features embedded in a digital learning notebook (such as OneNote notebook) that can support learners with organisational and literacy challenges.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Pupil Support Assistants (upper Primary and Secondary)
  • Support for Learning staff
  • Teachers

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).