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.

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

The Education and Training Foundation wish to commission three distinct Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) which will become the ‘go to’ places for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the centre of their organisation, resulting in learners achieving the outcomes they aspire to. Each Centre for Excellence will have national reach across England.

The Centres for Excellence will be on the themes of community, curriculum and people. Each Centre will focus on one theme and will have equal parity, providing peer to peer support for leaders across the centre and promoting the sharing of effective practice both within organisations and across the broader FE sector.

Each Centre for Excellence will incorporate a SEND strategic leadership hub and become the national source of support for leaders wishing to identify and/or improve their strategic vision for learners.

There will also be three communities of practice per Centre, bringing together practitioners and managers from across the sector to share successful implementation of effective practice, identifying and highlighting with the strategic leadership hubs, barriers that prevent learners with SEN support needs to achieve their potential.


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

We also hope to offer training on supporting blind learners and sight loss, learners with physical disabilities and learners with severe disabilities. 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.