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nasen?s DfE funded SEN training launched

07 October 2011


Nasen, the UK’s leading association embracing all special and additional educational needs and the School’s Network (formally SSAT) are the first of the organisations funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) grant to begin delivering their funded project. This training programme is free to all maintained schools in England and offers support, information and practical advice to ensure that the whole school community will have the basic knowledge and skills to support them in meeting the needs of all pupils.

The Government’s VCS grants were awarded to 18 separate organisations in the field of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in February this year, totalling over £6.5m for services spanning 2011 and 2012. nasen’s training toolkit, A Whole School Approach to improving Access, Participation and Achievement, has been developed, initially for all secondary schools. The toolkit offers schools a training programme that is flexible and adaptable to meet the individual needs in each school. The training, offered to all SENCOs at no cost, has been structured to assist them in the delivery of whole school professional development to support them in meeting the needs of all learners in addition to meeting the increased remit of their role following the launch of the new Ofsted framework.

Lorraine Petersen (OBE), CEO of nasen, comments: “The key to a school’s success is that they can evidence high quality educational provision which is offered every day to every pupil. The SENCO has always played a very important part within a school inspection however, the new schedule will demand much more from this already extensive role and therefore it is crucial that the foundations are laid to enable the SENCO to carry out the strategic role effectively in their school. This means ensuring that all staff possess the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to provide high quality teaching and learning opportunities for all pupils.”

Training days will take place across the country and are accompanied by a free Training Resource Pack with ideas, tools and resources to help the SENCO share best practice for working with and supporting pupils with SEND. In addition, interactive resource packs for specific needs such as Autism or behaviour can be downloaded at no cost via the dedicated website, In the first year the aim of the training is to reach at least 75 per cent of all secondary schools and in the second year (2012 – 2013), a similar process will be undertaken to reach 25 per cent of primary schools.

For further details of the structure of the training, to download free resource packs and to book training, please visit or contact nasen on


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