Improving learner outcomes

About us

We believe that all children should be given the best chance in life.

OnLineTraining was established in 2008 to provide flexible professional development for teaching professionals in the UK who support children and young people with special educational needs.

In 2010, we began our collaboration with the Departments of Education in Australia, initially partnering with NSW to adapt our courses to suit the Australian education system. In the years that followed, our courses were implemented by the Departments of Education in all States and Territories in Australia, and many of the Catholic Dioceses and Independent Schools associations, too.

Our courses are accredited by the teacher accreditation authorities, and contribute to the CPD hours requirements for progression through the Australian Professional Standards. They’re mentioned specifically in a report, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, on the impact of training carried out in support of their More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative.

The OnLineTraining Ltd (OLT) modules for special education needs have been universally well received. These provide a model of what is possible to achieve in accommodating diverse structures for schooling across state, regional and local contexts...

Case Study 1, Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014, Phillips KPA June 2015, page 63.

Each year, a conference is held for all subscribing organisations in Australia to share and learn from each other’s experiences, discuss developments and agree the subject of the next new course.

We have also developed courses that have been commissioned:

In 2017, courses for international schools were established, making them accessible to a wider market.

To date, over 140,000 participants have taken part in our courses.

Our directors

Nick Maloney

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Our unique approach to courses combines stimulating visuals with interactivity and humour.

Nick Maloney has been a director of OnLineTraining since 2008, and is responsible for our international IT infrastructure, course development and data compliance.

In 2002, after 35 years as a professional theatre and television actor (check out the IMDb website!), Nick began to develop an interest in website and database design.

He designed websites and data systems for the Home Office drug and alcohol in the workplace policies initiative, and for Inclusion Partnerships in a number of regions, such as South Central (SCRIP), the South East (SERSEN), London, and the South-West. He developed the original NatSIP website, and the West Sussex Drug & Alcohol Action Team’s website and event booking systems.

Nick created the framework for the original SEN online courses produced by Onlineinset in 2002, bringing humour and imagination to course designs and animations, and a comprehensive learning management system for tutors and administrators. With his team, he continues to explore new approaches in technologies and designs to produce engaging and stimulating training.

Hugh Clench

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Built-in evaluation demonstrates impact on both teacher expertise, and learner outcomes.

Hugh Clench (B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E., M.Ed.(Psych), C.Psychol., MPA*, AFBPsS) is a UK based educationalist and, since 2008, has been a director of OnLineTraining.

In 1978, after teaching for four years, he trained as an educational psychologist, and then worked in postgraduate teacher training for the next seven years.

He began working as an educational psychologist in 1987, becoming a senior in 1995, then Head of SEND in Brighton and Hove in 1997.

From 2000 to 2008, he was Regional Facilitator for Development in Children’s Services covering 13 UK local authorities. In this role he served on several national policy-making committees in the UK, and had a national lead on a number of initiatives, including the development of Quality Standards for SEND Support and Outreach Services.

Hugh has held several voluntary positions, and is currently chair of Amaze, an award-winning charity providing support to parents of children with SEND.

Our partnerships

ACT Government Education and Training for Australian Capital TerritoryAnita Devi Associate TutorArchdiocese of SydneyAssociation of Independent Schools of SABedford Borough CouncilBerkshire Sensory Consortium ServiceBirmingham City CouncilBrighton and Hove City CouncilBristol City CouncilThe Buckingham PartnershipCaerphilly County Borough CouncilCalderdale CouncilCambridgeshire County CouncilCatholic Diocese of Maitland-NewcastleCatholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and GoulburnCatholic Education Commission of Victoria LtdCatholic Education Diocese of ParramattaCatholic Education Diocese of WollongongCatholic Education of South AustraliaCatholic Schools Office | Diocese of LismoreChristopher Pickering SchoolCongregational schools under NSW CECConwyContinuing Professional Development (CPD)CSO Wagga WaggaDiocese of Broken BayCumbria County CouncilDarlingtonDurhamThe Eden AcademyEast RidingEast Sussex County CouncilGovernment of South AustraliaGwynedd CouncilHackney Learning TrustHarris Academy PeckhamHarrow CouncilHighdown School, ReadingHull City CouncilIndependent Schools QueenslandInformation, advice and support service networkJoseph Clarke SchoolKent County CouncilLakelands AcademyLambeth CouncilThe Langley AcademyLeeds City CouncilLewisham CouncilThe Local OfferLondon Borough of HounslowLondon Borough of MertonLeadership and Training CentreLuton Borough CouncilMary Hare SchoolMilton KeynesNatSIP - National Sensory Impairment PartnershipNDCSNorfolk County CouncilNorth Lincolnshire CouncilNorthumberland County CouncilNottingham City CouncilNew South Wales Government Education Public SchoolsNorthern Territory GovernmentOldham CouncilOxfordshire County CouncilPercy Shurmer AcademyPositive EyeRotherham Metropolitan Borough CouncilRoyal Borough of GreenwichSalford City CouncilSchool Improvement LiverpoolSirius AcademySolihull Metropolitan Borough CouncilSt Helens CouncilStaffordshire County CouncilSuffolk County CouncilLondon Borough of SuttonSouthwark CouncilSwindon Borough CouncilTasmanian GovernmentTorfaen County BoroughUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationVictoria - State GovernmentVoice - The Union for Education ProfessionalsWalsall CouncilWest Berkshire CouncilWirral CouncilWokingham Borough CouncilWorcestershire County CouncilYarra Me School
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