Special Educational Needs and Disability

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

Information

Key documents

SEND Code of Practice 0-25 - Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

Further education: guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice - DfE guidance on the duties and responsibilities of further education providers who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families.

Implementing a new 0 to 25 special needs system: further education - DfE guidance for post-16 colleges and academies on the changes to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system.  First published 2014 and updated in 2015, the information remains current.

Local area SEND inspection framework - Joint Ofsted and CQC inspection framework for identifying how well local areas fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Ofsted Further Education and Skills Inspection handbook - See paragraphs 192-194 and associated grade descriptors for information on the inspection of provision for learners with high needs.

Reports

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. Click here for the full report.

A collection of evaluation reports on the SEND pathfinders programme, which between 2011 and 2013 tested out the proposed reforms set out in the Green Paper, ahead of implementation.

Moving Forward? How well the further education and skills sector is preparing young people with high needs for adult life - Ofsted review of high needs provision in the FE and skills sector, published in March 2016.

Useful websites / webpages

General SEND information:

The following websites or webpages are useful sources of general information about Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Gov.uk SEND pages - Repository for key SEND documents from the Department for Education and Department of Health.

AoC Study Programmes Central - SEND page - Information to support design and delivery of 16-19/25 study programmes for learners with SEND.

Preparing for Adulthood - Host site of the Preparing for Adulthood programme which provides expert advice, training and support in preparing young people with SEND as they move into adulthood.

Nasen Gateway - NASEN-run portal offering information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  Primarily aimed at schools, there are some resources that are post-16 specific, as well as many that despite their schools focus will be of interest to practitioners working with learners with SEND of all ages.

National Council for Disabled Children - Website of the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector, a key delivery partner of the DfE in implementing the SEND reforms.  Until recently mainly concerned with children, they are beginning to focus more on young people aged 16 and over too.  The website includes resources and information on training opportunities.

LDD Navigator - Website developed for educators working in offender learning to help them support learners with learning difficulties and disabilities in the criminal justice system.  It focuses on common signs/behaviours associated with particular learning difficulties/disabilities and relevant support strategies, and has relevance beyond the offender learning context.

Special Needs Jungle - By parents-for-parents site offering resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions.  Useful to help providers gain an understanding of family perspective/concerns.

Information on specific conditions, impairments or support needs:

The following websites or webpages are useful sources of information about specific conditions, impairments or support needs.

The Autism Education Trust website offers information and resources to support effective education practice for children and young people with autism, including a dedicated post-16 strand.

The British Dyslexia Society website provides information to help learning providers better support students who have dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.  It also contains details of relevant training opportunities.

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership website offers information and resources relating to good practice in education and training for children and young people with sensory impairment.  It has a dedicated 16-25 years section, including information on apprenticeships.

The Communication Trust website offers information and resources to support the teaching and learning of children and young people who struggle to communicate because they have speech, language and communication needs.