Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Resources

Across the sector, improvements in provision and outcomes for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) are being made through a range of training opportunities, resources and other support for leaders, managers and practitioners.

Now in its third year, our SEND Workforce Development Programme is increasing awareness, capacity and expertise in the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision and support. Our recent training needs analysis provided intelligence into the CPD needs of the wider sector and a separate report on the specific needs of the SEND workforce will be available soon.

We continue to work with the workforce to provide an offer that meets their needs.

1. Essential SEND Managers’ programme

This programme supports SEND managers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ensure learners with SEND maximise their potential. This training provides bespoke leadership skills and specific SEND knowledge to new or existing SEND managers from general and specialist further education, training and offender learning to support them as they implement the SEND Reforms in their organisation.

The programme has two modules: Systems Leadership (two days) and SEND knowledge (2 days). You have the option of attending either or both programmes, dependent on your need.

SEND Knowledge module – Maximising potential
– Cohort 1: 03/12/18 and 04/12/18 (London)
– Cohort 2: 26/02/19 and 27/02/19 (Cheltenham)

SEND Leadership module
– Cohort 1: 19/11/18 Day 1 (London)
– Cohort 1: 15/01/19 Day 2 (London)

– Cohort 2: 23/01/19 Day 1 (Birmingham)
– Cohort 2: 06/03/19 Day 2 (Birmingham)

Book your course place on our booking system or for more information contact Jane Finch at jfinch@nationalstar.org

2. Dyslexia, autism and hearing impairment awareness training courses

We are offering a range of courses to help practitioners and managers within the Further Education (FE) sector, and those responsible for post-16 learner programmes, to increase their awareness and improve support for learners with dyslexia, autism and hearing impairments. Our full day training courses have been designed to equip participants with the knowledge and confidence to adapt their communication, teaching strategies and environments to enable their learners to achieve their full potential.

Interested? Then why not join one of our free online taster sessions. The face-to-face courses are now also available to book on the booking system.

Supporting learners with dyslexia
– 05/02/19 Awareness course (Manchester)

Supporting learners with autism
– 23/01/19 Awareness course (London)
– 13/02/19 Awareness course (Manchester)

Supporting learners with hearing impairments
– 29/01/19 Awareness course (London)
– 19/02/19 Awareness course (Manchester)

For further information please visit the Remploy website.

3. SEND Network meetings –making SEND reforms work through better partnerships

We are holding two collaborative action learning networks to support greater working across Local Authorities and Post 16 providers. These solution focused meetings will use an action learning approach to ensure that young people with SEND have the best possible outcomes. Working in partnership SEND professionals will identify a specific SEND issue and work through solutions.
SEND Network meetings.

– 05/12/18 First meeting (Wigan 10:30-15:30)
– Second meeting date to be confirmed

For further information and to register please contact: support@ndti.org.uk

A range of resources, information and useful links to websites are available on the SEND Exhibition Site to help staff improve outcomes for learners with SEND.

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.

Two new online training modules to support professionals working with young people with SEND to achieve their career aspirations are also available. IAG Skills brings together into one place the information that career practitioners need to offer support to learners with SEND whereas the Sources of Support  toolkit provides further information on helping SEND learners achieve their aspirations, including access to work, traineeships, supported internship info, etc.

Please do take a look at our whole range of courses on the booking system.  If you have any questions or there is something you would like us to offer, please contact Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion.