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 we explored the specific needs of the SEND workforce too.

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

Download the SEND brochure.


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 center of their organisation.

Led by Corrienne Peasgood, City College Norwich, Mandie Stravino, Derby College and Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College, each Centre will host a SEND Strategic Leadership Hub offering support to leaders from all types of providers across England’s Further Education (FE) and Training sector, and there are communities of practice to support managers and practitioners.

The Centres will each concentrate on one of three key practical themes for the programme:

  • City College Norwich will focus on community – how to ensure that learners with SEND are participating in their local communities, including creating pathways to employment.
  • Derby College will focus on curriculum – how to ensure that the curriculum always has a clear purpose so that learners with SEND have potential to achieve their aspirations.
  • Weston College will focus on people – how to ensure organisations create truly inclusive cultures, motivating staff to engage in continued professional development with an emphasis on supporting learners with mental, social and emotional needs.

Sign up to support on the SEND Exhibition Site.


In 2019-20, we will continue to offer the following:

  • Essential SEND Managers programme.
  • Specific needs programme on autism, dyslexia, hearing loss/Deaf.
  • Making the SEND reforms work – solution focused workshops.

Do keep an eye on our booking system for new dates.

We also hope to offer training on supporting blind learners and sight loss, learners with physical disabilities and supporting learners with multiple disabilities in mainstream providers.  In response to demand, we are developing a workshop provisionally entitled ‘Everything you need to know about funding support for learners with SEND.   If you are interested in any of the above, contact Teresa.Carroll@etfoundation.co.uk to express an interest.

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.

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.