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 and other training opportunities 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download SEND Futures Learning Wall resources (opens a pdf)
Achieving for Children training offer
We provide a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to the children’s workforce through face-to-face training days, e-learning, workshops, network meetings, briefings and team or service away days.
Access to the learning offer ensures staff have the right skills, knowledge and expertise to work with and support children, young people and their families.
What we can offer
Practitioners have access to a wide range of CPD opportunities for children and young people with SEND.
- Special educational needs and disabilities, inclusion and behaviour (including ASD and ADHD)
In addition, we offer comprehensive and intensive cohort training programmes to develop safe and effective practice when working with vulnerable children, young people and families. These include specialist routes for ASD, ADHD, DV and dyslexia as well an accredited leadership and management training.
Courses can be booked online at www.afccpdonline.co.uk
Department for Education (DfE)
Not directly related to SEND but DfE have published a guide:
Reducing workload in your school (links to GOV.UK website)
Practical advice and tools to help school leaders and teachers review and reduce workload.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SENCO Induction Pack
The SENCO Induction Pack will support new SENCOs at the start of their journey before they complete the NASENCO qualification.
It provides useful information to those working with SENCOs or who are interested in taking up the post in the future.
Over the past year, the Leading Learning for Special Educational Needs and Disability CIC have developed and trialled this Induction Pack for SENCOs, with input from experienced and new SENCOs themselves.
This resource was funded by the DfE (Department for Education).
Download the SENCO Induction Pack from 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.
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.
The Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie)
Allfie campaigns for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education, training and apprenticeships with all necessary supports.
SecEd is dedicated to supporting secondary education professionals across the UK.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Educational Endowment Foundation
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.
An award winning blog containing classroom ideas, teacher training and resources.
A new educational conference intended to give a platform to previously unheard speakers from around the UK, putting the voice of experience into the heart of the debate. The Inaugural conference was held in October 2018 in London. This first conference had five overarching strands: leadership, well-being, pedagogy, curriculum and SEND.
Carpool4School is a social media channel which offers "Educational Takeaways" that you can listen to.
BBC Teacher Support - A support and wellbeing space to help teachers through the stress and pressures of the school year.