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Raspberry Pi Foundation

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Approaches to Supporting Learners with SEND in Computing

Raspberry Pi Foundation and National Centre for Computing Education via FutureLearn


Discover computing activities to support and engage students with SEND

As educators, we should aim to provide every young person with the skills and knowledge to become active participants in a digital world.

On this course, you will examine the common barriers faced by students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the computing classroom, and how to address these barriers.

You will explore a number of general approaches and specific computing activities that will help to include and engage learners.

This course will support teachers who want to create a more inclusive computing classroom for all of their students.

This course is designed for teachers of computing in primary and secondary school settings.

It will also be useful for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and teaching assistants in schools to learn about specific computing approaches to support the young people they work with.

If you are a teacher working with students with severe special educational needs or disabilities, you will gain some useful insights during this course, however, you may need to consider more specific adaptations than those described here.


  • Making your classes accessible
    • Introduction
    • What is inclusion?
    • Accessibility
  • Programming approaches
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Unplugged
    • Supporting programming
    • Engaging the senses
    • Peer Assignment

Taught by

Martin O'Hanlon


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 160 ratings

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