CfESEND blog: Virtual Delivery for SEND and vulnerable Learners within Weston College.

Blog by Sam Mayhew, Dean of Faculty at Weston College, for the Centres for Excellence in SEND programme.

Images with text of what staff and learners have been up toThe focus at Weston College is to create an exciting and motivational remote curriculum offering a wide variety of online experiences. This includes engaging opportunities to enhance independent learning and skills development. Varied team building and group-based activities that support social and communication skills, providing connectivity and reducing social isolation are a priority as well as continuing with employer connectivity, guest speakers and practical task through innovative and creative projects. Creating effective structures for learners that support active healthy lifestyles, focus on resilience and maintaining good well-being are essential as learners begin to navigate the landscape and process the current narrative.

Adapting, designing and sequencing the remote curriculum, at this time, presents enhanced opportunities to develop staff and learner ‘digital resilience’, raising confidence and empowering them to develop their skills in accessing a range of emerging, varied platforms. The workplace of the future is expected to be defined through increased usage of digital technologies and innovations and learners must be ready to thrive in an increasingly digital society. Using these real-world technologies to create, communicate, collaborate and learn are impacting positively on progression opportunities.

The continued commitment to staff CPD means that we have a range of courses available to staff to help build the fundamental skills to design and deliver blended learning. Using Microsoft Teams as the go to digital environment for learners, staff can become certified Microsoft educators with key modules in place to support accessibility with a focus on inclusion
and learners with SEND.

Weston College campus receptionFor new learners in the process of applying for courses for September 2021, our virtual tours and open evenings provide the opportunity for parents, carers, and learners to discover our campuses and facilities from their own home. Offering the opportunity to see our spaces as they really are and to click on the images for more information. 


Inclusive Digital Learning: opportunities and challenges in supporting learners with Complex Learning Difficulties.

Our Hot Topic Webinar on Wednesday 13 January 2021 allowed the sharing of current practices and highlighted the emerging innovations being utilised in the sector. This demonstrated the practical solutions to using digital learning to support engagement and enhance progress and success for learners with SEND. A significant focus of the session enabled participants to reflect upon how we are overcoming barriers for our learners’ and increasing our confidence to evaluate and identify best practice.

“We would like to say a big thank you again for sharing your good practices, resources, answering all our questions and giving us valuable advice and encouragement in our meeting today. You will be pleased to know that we (Championed by A) have downloaded Padlet and created boards for each vocational department today!”

“Really interesting session today and so many things to take back to my college.”

“Thank you Charlotte for sharing your ideas and strategies. Really enjoyed the webinar.”

A recording of this webinar will be uploaded to the SEND site for further viewing.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the work of our CfE in SEND (People). We’re keen to hear from anyone who would like to work collaboratively with the Centres for Excellence, so please do get in touch with your suggestions and ideas:

For further details of the ETF Centres for Excellence in SEND, webinar recordings, resources and toolkits visit the SEND Excellence Gateway.

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