nasen secures DfE funding for support for the workforce in SEND

News - 10 May 2018

nasen is to receive £3.4 million over 2 years from the Department for Education as part of their recent success in a bid to support the workforce in SEND.

Working alongside strategic partner, University College London’s (UCL) Centre for Inclusive Education, and other the exciting new project will seek to:

  1. drive education institutions to prioritise SEND within their continuing professional development and school improvement plans including facilitating greater links between mainstream and special schools.
  2. equip schools to identify and meet their training needs, so that they can go on to deliver high quality teaching in SEND.  
  3. build the skills of teachers working in mainstream and special schools and of SENCOs and teachers of classes of children and young people with sensory impairments by promoting best practice.
  4. identify and respond to any gaps in the training and resources available to schools.

This project will build on existing work undertaken by the Whole School SEND Consortium to train over 500 practitioners in the use of the SEND Review and will see a number of school improvements and specialist organisations come together to build on an existing community of practice of more than 4000 schools, which aims to reach at least 10,000 schools over the next two years through the creation of eight school-led regional hubs across England. The hubs will work to bring together local SEND networks to support school improvement within their region.

Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi said:“We want every child to have the support they need to unlock their potential, no matter what challenges they face. This new contract will bring together schools, voluntary organisations and experts to make sure schools can deliver high-quality teaching that supports every child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including those with the most complex needs.

“Through this work, we will create hubs across the country charged with sharing best practice and improving the training available to a wider range of professionals – including governors and those working in Multi Academy Trusts. These hubs will also help schools prioritise SEND support and create better links between mainstream and special education. This builds on the work this government is already doing to give children who face these additional challenges more opportunities to succeed in the future.”

The work will be delivered through the Whole School SEND consortium which is hosted by nasen and chaired by Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen.

Talking more about the bid, Adam said: “Here at nasen, we are committed to providing the most effective and relevant support to those working with children and young people with SEND.

Our knowledge and expertise over the years has enabled us to support thousands of SEND professionals from a range of sectors, and now, thanks to this extra funding, and through our Whole School SEND consortium partners, we can work even more closely together with schools and settings to ensure that the needs of all children and young people are met”.

The successful bid will see the consortium lead the way in providing crucial support for schools to develop sustainable models of workforce development in SEND.


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