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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


This Special Education Needs (SEN) course provides you with a comprehensive and up to date understanding of Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the practical tools to make a difference. Guided by experienced practitioners you will learn how to implement research-validated approaches to ensure that children and young people with ADHD reach their full potential in education and beyond. This CPD course is fully online give you the flexibility to study at your own pace. It is a great resource for teachers and SNAs to learn new skills and knowledge in this area. 

About the course

One of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in childhood, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex, diverse and often misunderstood condition which is characterised by age inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity. Estimates suggest that that about 5% of children have ADHD. Without understanding, effective supports and interventions, many of these students will struggle academically and socially and are at increased risk of various negative outcomes including school failure.Designed to give teachers and other professionals the in-depth knowledge and practical skills essential for helping children and young people with ADHD succeed and reach their full potential, this course is full of detailed help and advice for classroom, school and home. Grounded in the science of ADHD, it focuses on practical strategies and evidence-based techniques to enhance and develop learning and prevent behavioural problems. There is a strong emphasis on early intervention, collaborative approaches, working with student’s strengths and in partnership with parents.While there is no quick fix or cure for ADHD, with the right supports and effective teaching, children and young people with ADHD can enjoy school and flourish and thrive.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is designed for teachers, Inclusion Support Assistants, Teaching Assistants and other allied professionals. It may also be helpful for parents who want more detailed information about the development and education of children and young people with ADHD.

Approved by the Department of Education

This course is approved by the Department of Education.Three EPV days will be allowed for primary school teachers who take the course during the summer term. Please note this provision applies only to the summer term as per Department guidelines.

This course has four terms each year, Spring, May/June, Summer & Autumn.

From the latest research, to diagnosis, assessment and evidence-based interventions and teaching approaches, this course provides clear and up-to date guidance for helping and supporting children and young people with ADHD so they can succeed in education and in their everyday lives.

Relevant to educators in diverse settings, it includes inputs from world class experts on ADHD, case studies and best practice approaches for differentiating instruction and addressing individual needs. Topics examined in detail include the different presentations of ADHD, the impact of overlapping conditions, diagnostic criteria and the importance of early intervention and collaboration.

You will learn to recognise possible signs of ADHD across the age range, understand current theory and research on the neuropsychology of executive functioning and attention difficulties, and gain practical skills in terms of designing, implementing and evaluating alternative teaching strategies and interventions. Crucially, the voices of individuals with ADHD and their families are included through videos and interviews to give you the benefit of their experiences and insights. Filled with proven suggestions for enhancing learning and behaviour and for improving self-regulation, social skills and emotional wellbeing, this training is invaluable for educators interested in supporting students at individual, classroom or whole school level.


  • Gain practical skills for identifying, assessing and supporting children and young people with ADHD.
  • Learn how to prevent and address behaviour problems in the classroom and beyond.
  • Discover evidence-based approaches for increasing on-task behaviour, enhancing learning and ensuring school success.
  • Gain skills and strategies for building emotional mastery and self-regulation
  • Learn how to improve skills related to executive functioning such as organisation, memory and time management.
  • Enjoy rich opportunities for collaboration with our online network of learners and tutors.
  • Save printable course materials and resources for future reference.

Interactive Learning Assignments accompany each module. Each student is also required to complete a Reflective Assignment as well as a CPD record.

On completion, you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development and a Learning Log of your work, which can be included in your CPD portfolio.

All of our tutors are experienced practitioners who are specialised in ADHD assessment and interventions and will provide you with one-to-one expert guidance as you complete your studies online.

Technical support is provided by our dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who are available to assist you by telephone or email.


May/June Term

9 May - 19 June 2022


13th June 2022

Summer Term
4th July to 26th August 2022

20 hours of self paced study any time during the term

Certificate of CPD ** Summer term fully approved for EPV days for Primary Teachers**



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