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Communities of Practice for managers and practitioners

The three Centres for Excellence (CfE) in SEND are each hosting Communities of Practice (CoPs) covering topics within their individual themes (People, Curriculum and Community). These CoP are open to anyone working in Further Education and Skills with an interest in improving experiences for learners with an inclusion need (SEN). The focus of the CoPs is to share and identify effective practice. To work collaboratively as a community of professionals to address challenges. If you have resources, hints and tips to share or areas for development please join us.

The three Centres for Excellence are holding joint webinars to help practitioners who are delivering remotely to learners with SEND. The recording for the first of these webinars, Supporting learners with SEND through remote learning is now available. 

Our approach:  Enabling everyone!

Our ethos: – From Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to Inclusion

Learning and developing together; supporting each other to support our learners, apprentices and wider learning communities.

Our ground rules: 

  • we share our real challenges and celebrations
  • we collaborate freely and respect each other’s starting point
  • we are honest, relaxed and passionate
  • we are a safe, closed group.


Watch the video to learn about the Centres for Excellence in SEND Communities of Practice. The CfEs will each run three CoPs. In the video, Sarah Le-Good, Head of Inclusion at Derby College Group (DCG) explains the three CoP themes that DCG will lead on.