Category Archives: Course

Disability, Diversity and Inclusive Education – a new free online course

FLed4all 2x1 1120x560Millions of children around the world are excluded from access to education because of a disability; join this free online course to find out how inclusive education can work, especially where resources are limited.

Education for All is a six week long course beginning on 4 April 2016. It aims to explores how inclusive education can address barriers to learning and participation, and transform school communities. The course is offered by the University of Cape Town on the attractive FutureLearn platform, and is led by lecturers Judith McKenzie and Chioma Ohajunwa.

The course outline is:
● Week 1 – Why inclusion?
● Week 2 – Education begins at home
● Week 3 – Creating an inclusive school
● Week 4 – Partnerships for success
● Week 5 – Changing classroom practices
● Week 6 – Building networks

The course is aimed at teachers, other professionals and parents interested in developing inclusive education. It requires 3 hours of study time per week, a total of 18 hours overall. The course is free to study, and if required a Statement of Participation is available at £34.

Enrol free here:

If you are interested in children with disabilities you might also like to take a look at The Center for Parent Information and Resources – a resource library for families of children with disabilities which I previously reviewed.


Free sessions by e-Learning for Healthcare

elfh perinatalDo you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation or Perinatal Mental Health?

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)  works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing free, high quality e-learning for the training and education of the healthcare workforce across the UK.

Over a dozen e-LfH topics are also available to the wider public in open-access format, including sessions on modern slavery, dementia, and the two featured here: Child Sexual Exploitation and Perinatal Mental Health. Sessions are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, and use high quality images, video, audio and animation to help users understand and retain knowledge. Content is presented using a variety of templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.

Child Sexual Exploitation
This single e-learning session provides an introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation for all clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff. It should take between 30-45 minutes to complete. Link:

Perinatal Mental Health
These three e-learning modules developed by the Institute for Health Visiting, look at:

  • Module One – Perinatal depression and other maternal mental health disorders
  • Module Two – How to recognise perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Module Three – Interventions for perinatal anxiety, depression and related disorders

Each module takes about 45 minutes to complete, and to complete the package there is a short video ‘Marias Story’, which tells of Maria Bavetta’s experience with perinatal OCD.


These are all high-quality modules, which has led to the e-LfH programme receiving many industry awards for best practice in e-learning, and the general public do not have to log in to study the open-access or sample modules. New topics are added regularly – to see the full range visit

First Steps: e-learning for adoption

first4adoptionWant to know more about what adopting a child will be like?

First Steps is a free e-learning package by First4Adoption to help potential adopters in the early stages of the adoption process get a better understanding of what adoption entails and help them decide if it really is the right choice for them.

First Steps provides real insights in to life as an adopter through video and audio episodes and online lessons. It captures the stories and views of social workers and adopters, both with first-hand experience of what adoption is like. The lessons have been designed to help adopters understand the issues they need to be aware of and crucially, give them tips on how they can be overcome.

The topics include:

  • Backgrounds of children and why they come into care
  • Attachment and its importance in adoption
  • Identity, heritage and life story work
  • Challenges and transitions to new situations

To access all the materials you’ll need to register – an email address is all that’s needed – and then you can track your progress and scores in the exercises you have completed. First Steps works equally well on phones, tablets and computers.

Visit First Steps here: