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Curriculum design and delivery

These resources will be useful to those responsible for designing and/or delivering learning programmes for learners with SEND. They include material of interest to both specialist practitioners working in discrete SEND provision and those working on mainstream programmes who may have learners with SEND on their courses. Click through to the resources you are interested in or scroll down the page to find what you are looking for:

Study Programmes - general
(this area of the site is currently under development)
English, Maths and ESOL
Preparing for employment
Non-accredited provision
Teaching and learning

Study Programmes - general

PfA Factsheet: Study Programmes for Students with Special Educational Needs and/or disability (SEND) - An introduction to the DfE and EFA requirements for study programmes including sample programmes.

Education partners working together to develop a ‘preparing for adulthood’ local agenda - A case study exploring how six post-16 providers in Dudley worked together to strengthen their provision so it better prepares young people for adulthood.

English, Maths and ESOL

The Pre-Entry Curriculum Framework - The adult literacy and numeracy milestones, related sample activities and guidance material.

ESOL Access for All - A set of materials intended to support inclusive learning for bilingual learners with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Preparing for employment

Engaging employers to find work experience for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities - A Preparing for Adulthood guide to engaging with and building and maintaining relationships with employers in order to secure work experience and placements for learners with SEND.

Working Together to Create Social Enterprise in Devon and Somerset - A Report on work of project partners to support learners in Devon and Somerset to develop appropriate work skills through Social Enterprise activities.


Developing an enterprise with students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities - A case study of Huntingdonshire Regional College’s work to engage learners in developing the skills to plan, build and deliver a small business from their own enterprise work.

Advice on Supported Internships - DfE guidance for providers on providing successful supported internships. 

Accessible Guide to Supported Internships - Learner-friendly explanation of supported internships from Preparing for Adulthood.


Programme models for supported internships - A range of different approaches to supported internship provision, including Project Search, collated by Preparing for Adulthood.

Guidance on Access to Work funding Material to explain learner eligibility and the application process for Access to Work funding in the context of supported internships and traineeships.







Non-accredited provision

RARPA - (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) is a robust process to measure the progress and achievement of learners on non-accredited learning programmes.  Teachers and managers can use this set of resources to manage, apply and quality assure this process.







Teaching and learning

Supporting Achievement in FE - A resource for college staff working with young people with hearing impairments.

Supporting deaf young people through transition - A resource for professionals supporting deaf young people when they leave school or college, this includes young people with or without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

A research study - Identifying effective practice in the provision of education and education support services for 16-19 year olds deaf young people in Further Education in England.

Focus on SEND - On-line modules for FE practitioners (specifically aimed at tutors on mainstream programmes) covering key principles of the SEND Code of Practice and associated practice, including use of the graduated learning approach to meeting learners’ needs.

Application Guide: Teaching disabled learners - This application guide defines the skills, knowledge and understanding that teachers need to support the skills development of disabled learners.  Although it was developed to support the 2006 Professional Standards for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which have since been updated, the content remains current.

Advanced Training Materials - Developed in response to a recommendation from the Lamb Enquiry (2009) for teachers in mainstream schools, these materials are also useful for FE practitioners who wish to improve their skills in teaching young people with SEND.

Complex needs - These training materials were developed primarily for teachers in schools, but much of the learning is equally relevant for practitioners in post-16 settings working with learners with severe, profound and complex learning needs.

Supporting SEND learners to achieve their aspirations - A webinar for tutors working with post-16 learners to help them understand how to contribute to the Education, Health and Care Plan process through planning and delivering effective individualised study programmes, developing learner voice, offering effective careers advice and preparing the young person for a successful transition.

An introduction to differentiation - A set of resources developed by Geoff Petty to support teachers to understand and apply differentiation in their teaching. 

Inclusive Skills Competitions - A case study from Derwen College on how embedding competition into learning activities raises achievement for young people with SEND.  (You can read a blog about using competition to remove barriers for disabled students.)



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.

SEND practitioner self-assessment tool - 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. You will require a login to the Foundation’s learning environment.