Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Resources

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A programme to improve outcomes for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) is entering its second year.

The SEND Workforce Development Programme  – led by the Education and Training Foundation on behalf of the Department for Education – has made great progress to increase the awareness, capacity and expertise across the post-16 education sector. This has led to more high-quality provision for people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and assist them with their transition into adulthood.

Throughout 2017-18 the Foundation will be working with new partners – ACER, AELP, Leo Learning, Natspec and PublicCo – to continue our work to assist the development of the post-16 workforce in supporting learners with SEND. The main activity will focus on:

  • support for leadership teams and those involved in governance
  • support for providers to design tailored study programmes that offer pathways to employment and adult life for young people with SEND
  • creation of resources and a programme of activity which supports better careers advice for learners with SEND
  • an evaluation of the impact of this work to be carried out by SQW.

A new self-assessment tool for practitioners is now available. It has been designed for teachers and trainers to self-assess their effectiveness in supporting young people with SEND. This tool includes two pathways. The general practitioner assessment is for all practitioners to assess their knowledge and skills in supporting SEND learners. And the Level 5 self-assessment is for those practitioners who are interested in following a SEND specialist teacher training route.

This year’s activity will build on the successes of last year, which include:

  • the launch of a new Exhibition Site, providing key information and resources for post-16 learning providers, practitioners, leaders and managers to understand the recent SEND reforms and reflect on current practice and provision
  • a self-assessment tool for providers, resulting in over 300 downloads across more than 200 organisations
  • a comprehensive training and CPD programme attended by thousands of practitioners, managers, leaders and governors to enable better understanding of the impact of the SEND reforms on working practices and introduce responsibility across whole organisations.

Also produced for the programme were films featuring interviews with learners with SEND. These provide a valuable insight into their experiences and level of support, areas for improvement in provision and delivery, the difference a positive learning environment has made to them and their ambitions for the future.

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