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Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND):

Our three national Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provide expert support for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the centre of their organisation as part of a Department for Education (DfE) funded national programme.


Each Centre hosts a SEND Strategic Leadership Hub led by Jerry White, Mandie Stravino and Dr Paul Phillips who offer free support to leaders from all types of provider across England’s Further Education (FE) sector. Each centre also hosts communities of practice to provide support to managers and/or practitioners. There’s lots to choose from. Why not take a look below at our offer to you?

People led by Weston College


How to ensure organisations take care of their staff and all learners with a particular focus on their mental, social and emotional needs.

Curriculum led by Derby College


How to ensure that the curriculum always has a clear purpose so that learners with SEND have the potential to achieve their aspirations.

Community led by City College Norwich


How to ensure that learners with SEND are progressing into and being present within communities who recognise and embrace their potential.


The aim of this transformational programme is to place inclusion right at the centre of further education so that difference is valued and all learners fulfil their aspirations.

Get involved whether you are a leader, manager, teacher, trainer or support worker, connect with a Centre for Excellence (CfE) leadership hub or a community of practice and make a difference. Each CfE offers you different opportunities to engage with them. These will be highlighted on this page and through social media.

Read our monthly Centres for Excellence in SEND newsletter, it brings you all the latest news and activities from the three centres. You can sign up to receive the newsletter by email by visiting our newsletters page and filling in your details, making sure you tick the 'SEND' box.

Join us for our free activities being run by the Centres for Excellence by visiting our Leadership offer and Communities of Practice pages.

Please share this information as widely as possible and use social media #SENDinFE to identify themes for both leaders and communities of practice to explore.