Welcome to the Excellence Gateway’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities exhibition site

This site brings together - in one place - key information and resources to help post-16 learning providers develop and improve their SEND provision. The Children and Families Act 2014 placed new duties on post-16 providers in relation to learners with SEND.  At the same time it recognised their key role in improving outcomes for this group of young people who make up almost one in five (17%) of the FE student population.

Information and resources provided here will help practitioners, leaders and managers to:

  • understand the SEND reforms;
  • reflect on their own practice and provision; and
  • develop and improve in a way that is consistent with the SEND Code of Practice.

Clare Howard, Chief Executive of Natspec, talks about the SEND reforms and how providers can use this Exhibition Site to help them improve their SEND provision.

Featured resources


Featured report - SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges (summary document). A resource for mainstream leaders, teaching and support staff working with pupils and students with special educational needs and learning difficulties and disabilities.

Leading and managing SEND provision:

The Right Place - a new resource from ETF and Mencap - This new free learning module will help ensure learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are on the most meaningful work placements. Primarily for IAG providers, teaching staff and managers - it will help you to provide effective support to both the young person on placement and the employer.

Curriculum design and delivery:

Making sense of autism: competency framework (post-16) - This framework provides a clear structure against which staff can reflect upon and evaluate their practice in relation to teaching, learning and support for young people with autism.

Supporting learners and learning:

MindEd for professionals and volunteers - Educational resources containing advice, guidance and information on managing a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens.