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Professional Development and Learning


"Every teacher is a teacher of SEND pupils"
SEND Code of Practice 2014


These pages contain resources and links primarily for teaching staff about a wide range of SEND topics. This is building on the "Learning Wall" of free useful resources that was presented at the SEND Futures conference in June 2018.   If you would like to suggest some content or contact us about this please email:

Download SEND Futures Learning Wall resources (opens a pdf)


Whole School SEND

Whole School SEND is a coalition of schools and school practitioners, charities, policy influencers, parents and carers and young people. The Whole School SEND Consortium is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND by networking, collaborating and unlocking the answers that exist within the system. Joining the Whole School Consortium is free. Members become part of a network and mailing list, are the first to hear about news and offers from Consortium partners and be invited to contribute to thinking and practice going forward. 

Visit the Whole School SEND website

Members of Whole School SEND qualify for a 10% discount from the SENbooks website. SEN Books is a specialist bookshop offering books on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, Asperger and many more learning difficulties.  

Visit the SENbooks website



nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) is a charity organisation. 

nasen support thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.

nasen is committed to providing an excellent range of professional development opportunities by offering the latest news and information, to support practitioners in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people.

Visit the Nasen website

The SEND Gateway


SEND Gateway, an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Developed by nasen, the UK’s leading professional association for SEND, the Gateway provides an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding, navigate recent and upcoming reforms to SEN and access resources and training materials from the UK’s leading voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations supporting children and young people with SEN in the age range 0 - 25.

Visit the SEND Gateway website 

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

CDC are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.

Their website contains help and resources for individuals, families and professionals across the sectors of education, health and care.

Visit the CDC website


The Tes website contains educational materials, jobs, news and courses from and for teachers and school leaders.  They have a resource bank of over 700 items relating to various aspects of special educational needs and disability.

Visit the Tes website

Maximising TA's (MITA)

MITA use research, expertise and training to help schools make the very best use of their teaching assistants.

They provide leading school improvement and professional development services based on internationally-recognised research and guidance. Their team draws together professionals with a range of experiences in research, school leadership, classroom practice, school improvement, developing and delivering CPD, and project management. They are based at the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education.

MITA produce resources, provide consultancy, and run courses for school leaders, teachers and TAs to help ensure TAs thrive in their role and contribute to improved outcomes for pupils.

Visit the MITA website

Recommended Reading:

Working together to maximise the impact of TAs

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants Guidance Report

The TA's Guide to Effective Interaction

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)

Although focussed on the curriculum and educational system in Northern Ireland this website contains lots of resources and videos about supporting children with SEND in education. Resources include practical ideas to help all children be included in sport, such as in this video Every Sport for Everyone - In Action and other video case studies such as "A Window On Special" 

Visit the CCEA website


 Natalie Packer Educational Consultancy

Natalie Packer Educational Consultancy specialises in training, support and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN) and School Improvement in order to improve outcomes for all pupils.

A range of support is available for headteachers, senior and middle leaders, SENCOs, teachers and support staff. Advice can also be provided for clusters of schools, local authorities and other educational organisations.

Visit the Natalie Packer website



Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Jaz has been a keynote speaker at our annual Early Years conference.  Her speeches are inspirational.

Visit website 

Recommended viewing:

TEDx Talk - see how my life was transformed by just five teachers whose WHY was to be human first and professional second.

Optimus Education

Optimus Education Limited has been the leading provider of professional development support and school improvement information for schools, academies and other educational institutions.

Optimus Education Limited

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Driver Youth Trust

The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND, particularly children with dyslexia.

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FestABLE is the UK’s first National Festival of Specialist Learning bringing together young people, parents and professionals to debate, challenge, learn and to look for solutions facing young people with disabilities in specialist learning.