Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

In 2021-22, we are delighted that our flagship Centres for Excellence in SEND will continue to support leaders, managers and practitioners to create inclusive organisations enabling all learners to achieve their aspirations. Since their launch in 2019, over 3,000 of you have engaged with the Centres to work together to create the world we want to see.


Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our three national Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) offer expert support for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the centre of their organisation.

Corrienne Peasgood, City College Norwich, Mandie Stravino, Derby College and Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College offer free confidential, one-to-one support to leaders who are striving to make their own organisations more inclusive and successful. Managers and practitioners should tap into the support offered by each Centre’s communities of practice.


Employers’ voice

We are delighted to announce eight new FE providers who will complement the excellent work of the Centres for Excellence in SEND. The new FE providers will act as ‘employer spokes’ to the Centres’ hubs – to bring the employer voice right to the fore. The eight new providers have excellent relationships with employers and will jointly deliver with them to showcase the benefits of employing learners with SEND and having a diverse workforce.

The eight new FE providers are:

  • Activate Learning
  • Dynamic Training
  • Hampshire County Council
  • London South East Colleges
  • LTE Group
  • Luminate Group
  • National Star
  • Oldham College

Check the ETF booking system to register for employer led events.


Bringing the mainstream and specialist sectors together

We have commissioned AoC and Natspec to identify outstanding practice in the mainstream and specialist parts of the FE system and to explore how to maximise knowledge, skills and resources through partnership work and two-way learning. The work commenced in October 2021 and will conclude in March 2022 with a report outlining the various approaches. As we uncover interesting and effective practice, we will highlight these examples on our SEND site so do watch this space.


SEND area on the Excellence Gateway

By March 2021, almost 95,000 people had accessed the SEND area on the Excellence Gateway. The SEND area is the one stop shop for all the resources we’ve produced together or you’ve told us are useful.

Further support and free toolkits can be also accessed on Foundation Online Learning, including a self-assessment tool for practitioners and organisations, guidance regarding best practices for supporting dyslexic learners and The Right Place toolkit developed in partnership with Royal Mencap Society to help learners secure the most meaningful work placements.

So that you can support your learners to achieve their career aspirations you should check out IAG Skills which brings together into one place the information that career practitioners need to offer support to learners with SEND.

The Sources of Support toolkit provides further information on helping SEND learners achieve their aspirations, including information on access to work, traineeships, supported internships, etc.

And don’t forget that many of our courses offered via other programmes might benefit you so do keep an eye on our booking system for new dates.

If you have any questions or there is something you would like us to offer, please contact Teresa Carroll.