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Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

The Education and Training Foundation is leading a consortium of partners to deliver the SEND Workforce Development Project. This vital project is already increasing the awareness, capacity and expertise across the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision for people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Through working with our partners – Success North, ALIN, Landex and SQW –  we are supporting the knowledge, skills and understanding of leaders, teachers and trainers of learners with SEND in all settings. We are focusing on areas of immediate need to successfully embed the SEND reforms, while also supporting learners who are without Educational Healthcare Plans and those who are not always recognised as needing support.

A new Exhibition Site has just been launched. The site provides key information and resources to help post-16 learning providers, practitioners, leaders and managers to:

  • understand the recent SEND reforms
  • reflect on current practice and provision
  • develop and improve their SEND provision, in line with the SEND Code of Practice.

Also available are new films featuring interviews with learners with SEND. They discuss their experiences and level of support, areas for improvement, the difference a positive learning environment has made to them and their ambitions for the future.

Current and forthcoming activity includes:

  • a new level 5 module for Initial Teacher Training of SEND educators
  • development of effective practice guidance for teaching practitioners both within and outside SEND specific teaching, incorporating both practical and legislative guidance
  • a new self-assessment tool for practitioners
  • training and guidance for leaders and governors to better understand the impact of the SEND reforms on their working practices and help introduce responsibility throughout whole organisations
  • CPD events for practitioners and managers.

Support available

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