New toolkit to support learners with SEND achieve ambitions

Male learner with SEND and female teacher

A new free resource has been launched for IAG providers and teaching staff – SEND: Sources of Support – to help learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) fulfil their ambitions and aspirations.

As part of the Foundation’s SEND Workplace Development Programme – funded by the Department for Education – the SEND: Sources of Support toolkit includes information, support and tools to help you to:

  • support learners’ aspirations
  • listen to learners with SEND
  • support learners into employment
  • learn more about Traineeships and Supported Internships
  • how to engage with employers.

Kathryn James, Project Lead for the SEND Workforce Development Programme, said:

“Too often learners with SEND do not receive the information, advice and guidance they need. Like all young people, they have ambitions for their lives that they want to fulfil, and they need information and advice on the options available and guidance to help them put aspirational and purposeful plans into place.

“We have designed this toolkit using the insight of IAG providers and young people with SEND. The information, activities and video clips will give you useful tips, insight and information, and help develop and improve your knowledge and practice.”

A pre-recorded webinar has been produced to help guide you through making the best use of the toolkit.

A second resource for practitioners will be launched in January 2018, which will be followed by a third resource – developed in partnership with Mencap – in March 2018.

This toolkit was designed by Leo Learning who are part of the SEND Workforce Development Programme – a consortium of education and learning specialists working to increase the awareness, capacity and expertise in the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision and support to learners with SEND.

Other members include:

  • AELP and Publico working on Leadership and governance
  • ACER and Natspec working on Study Programmes
  • SQW working on the needs analysis and evaluation of the programme.

Further resources, information and useful links to websites, including those developed during the first year of the SEND Workforce Development Programme, are available on the SEND Exhibition Site.


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