Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Resources

Across the sector, improvements in provision and outcomes for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) are being made through a range of training opportunities, resources and other support for leaders, managers and practitioners.

Now in its second year, the Foundation’s SEND Workforce Development Programme will increase the awareness, capacity and expertise in the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision and support. In addition to training courses, collaborative practice cluster groups to improve delivery of Study Programmes have also been established.

Case studies of effective practice, and useful webinars and briefing papers will also be available.

The second in a series of free toolkits has just been published. The Right Place , developed in partnership with Royal Mencap Society, will help learners secure the most meaningful work placements.

Providing information and support, The Right Place covers four main areas:

1. Assessment, preparation and placement planning

2. Employer engagement

3. Job coaching in the workplace

4. Employer support.

A free toolkit for IAG providers and teaching staff – Sources of Support  – to help learners with SEND fulfil their ambitions and aspirations is also available.


A refreshed Needs Analysis identifying the key priorities and objectives for the Programme throughout 2017/18 has been compiled by SQW and you can read more in their blog. They have also blogged about the challenges of evaluating this programme.

Other blogs include:

For further details of how the SEND Workforce Development can support your professional development please visit:

  • a range of CPD events will be available on the booking system shortly
  • resources, information and useful links to websites, including those developed during the first year of the Programme, are available on the SEND Exhibition Site.

For further information, please contact Kathryn James.

The SEND Workforce Development Programme, is led by the Foundation on behalf of the Department for Education, and is delivered by our partners:

  • AELP and Publico on Leadership and governance
  • ACER and Natspec on Study Programmes
  • Leo Learning in Information, Advice and Guidance
  • SQW on the needs analysis and evaluation of the programme.