In 2019-20, we launched our flagship Centres for Excellence in SEND offer and by March 2020, over 700 of you had joined the Centres to access support. We’re delighted to announce that the Centres for Excellence in SEND will continue in 2020-21.
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.
SEND area on the Excellence Gateway
By March 2020, almost 70,000 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 since the inception of the ETF’s offer for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in 2015. If you haven’t already, please do take a look. The site is updated regularly with new resources, news and events and training opportunities.
We are continuing with our Essential SEND Managers and specific needs programmes as inhouse offers and are currently working on developing online versions of these programmes so that you can access learning at your desks.
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.