ETF involved in successful SEND services bid

The National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) has been successful in its bid to deliver the Universal SEND Services programme on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

The proposal, which was developed in strategic partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), was made on behalf of the Whole School SEND Consortium (WSSC). It includes solutions from the Autism Education Trust along with key delivery partners in the education community.

nasen is a leading charity that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

nasen CEO, and Chair of WSSC, Annamarie Hassall MBE, said:

“I’m delighted to confirm that we’ll be delivering the Universal SEND Services programme. It’s an exciting opportunity to connect and support all those involved in the education community – from the early years, to schools, post-16 and wider settings.”

Teresa Carroll, National Head for Inclusion at the ETF, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together both school and Further Education and Training professionals to support a joined-up education journey for children, young people and their families – resulting in more of our talented young people achieving their aspirations.

“The partnership will really help to build on the outstanding work our Centres for Excellence in SEND have achieved over the past two and a half years, and grow expertise from both sides of the system.”

The Universal SEND Services contract will be delivered over the next three years, running to 31 March 2025. For further information and updates, please visit the Excellence Gateway website.

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