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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 aim to support 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.

Michael Frearson and Sarah Brown, from SQW, have compiled a needs analysis, which identifies the challenges faced by the FE and skills sector, including awareness of the reforms, availability of support on policy and practical issues, and availability of capacity building interventions for different parts of the sector.

And Joyce Deere from The Inclusion Circle examines the role of leaders and managers in inclusive learning ahead of the launch of new guidance and materials in March.

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
  • 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.

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