Special Educational Needs and Disability

Meeting the needs of learners with learning difficulties and / or disabilities


Young person studying

Welcome to the refreshed Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 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.

In the Information section you will find a set of key documents, including the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 Years and guidance for post-16 providers from the Department for Education, alongside relevant research reports and reviews by bodies such Ofsted.

This section also provides you with a list of recommended websites and webpages. The list is divided into two parts. The first part contains websites which offer general information about SEND. The second part is focused on specific conditions, impairments or support needs, such as autism, sensory impairment, and dyslexia.

A resource for mainstream leaders, teaching and support staff working with pupils and students with special educational needs and learning difficulties and disabilities.


A wide range of resources has been organised by key themes to support you in developing and improving your SEND provision.  The collection is very diverse and includes videos, webinars, templates, tools, case studies and more. 

All the material has been carefully reviewed to check its currency, its usefulness to post-16 providers and for consistency with the SEND reforms – particularly where it pre-dates the Children and Families Act 2014. While some of the resources pre-date the SEND reforms, they are included because they remain relevant. Many others are newly developed.  Some of the most recent material has been produced through the DfE FE SEND Workforce Development Project, led by the Education and Training Foundation.

Resources for senior leaders and managers who have overall responsibility for ensuring the inclusivity of their organisation, and for managers of SEND provision.
This new SEND practitioner self-assessment tool has been produced by Success North at Newcastle College and is aimed at teachers, trainers and tutors who work with SEND learners, on mainstream programmes or in discrete or specialised provision. It will allow you to assess how equipped you are to support SEND learners.
Resources for those designing and/or delivering learning programmes for learners with SEND, whether as discrete SEND provision or part of a mainstream offer.
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.
Resources for those with an interest in the welfare of learners with SEND, e.g. staff in Student Services, and those who manage, make use of or provide learning support.
Adult learner in a group discussion
Educational resources containing advice, guidance and information on managing a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens.