Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Resources

teacher and SEN learner

Provision and outcomes for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) are being improved through a range of training opportunities and other support for leaders, managers and practitioners.

Now in its second year, the SEND Workforce Development Programme will increase the awareness, capacity and expertise in the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision and support. In addition to training courses, collaborative practice cluster groups to improve delivery of Study Programmes will be established, free online modules on IAG, case studies of effective practice, and useful webinars and briefing papers will be provided.

Training courses for senior leaders and governors, trustees and board members are available throughout the autumn. These courses will help you to:

  • understand your responsibilities in relation to SEND reforms
  • undertake self-assessment and evaluation of SEND provision to identify effectiveness and opportunities for improvement
  • identify how SEND provision can be embedded into the institutions strategy and responses to sector reforms
  • reflect on the latest sector trends and ‘what works’ in SEND provision, to identify opportunities to improve your organisation’s current delivery.

A refreshed Needs Analysis identifying the key priorities and objectives for the Programme throughout 2017/18 has been compiled by SQW.

For further details of how the SEND Workforce Development can support your professional development please visit:

The SEND Workforce Development Programme, is led by the Foundation on behalf of the Department for Education, and is delivered by our partners:

  • AELP and Publico on Leadership and governance
  • ACER and Natspec on Study Programmes
  • Leo Learning in Information, Advice and Guidance
  • SQW on the needs analysis and evaluation of the programme.

For further information, please contact Kathryn James.