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Leadership and management

These resources will be useful to senior leaders and managers who have overall responsibility for ensuring the inclusivity of their organisation and to managers of SEND provision.

Systems thinking

The Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on providers to co-operate with partners to meet the needs of young people with special educational needs. At the same time, services for those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are changing fast. Our free online Systems thinking for special needs course is designed to help you to rethink the way you work. To approach work from a systems perspective so that you can lead beyond your organisation through insightful collaborative working. To access the course you must register on Foundation Online Learning

You will find more resources to support quality improvement of SEND provision below.

Meeting the SEND reforms

How well is your organisation meeting the SEND Reforms?

Use the Foundation's self-assessment tool to evaluate your organisation's practice in relation to the expectations of the SEND Code of Practice. The tool will enable you to undertake an in-depth evaluation, to start planning improvements and to generate key statements for your annual self-assessment report (SAR) or position statements. The Self-assessment tool is available on Foundation Online Learning; register to gain access.

Transition

Following an area based review for Norfolk and Suffolk which concluded colleges and the local authority could do more to work together with schools to anticipate the transition of you people with SEND from school to FE, the City College Norwich led a Foundation funded SEND Workforce development programme – Improving transition. The project bought together post 16 providers, schools and the council where they discussed challenges and recognised the need to share information sooner to enable learners to make informed decisions. They now have a transition framework in place for Norfolk. Watch the video to learn more.

Are you finding transition into FE is not as effective as you would like? Our SEND network meetings will be exploring the challenges and working towards solutions.

Partnerships

Manchester Metropolitan University has written a series of papers providing advice and guidance to senior managers in their journey towards or in sustaining inclusive provision when working with learners with SEND. A number of the papers highlight the need for effective partnership working: Organisational Structures to Support Inclusion and Organisational Arrangements for Working with a Local Authority  For details about all nine papers, see the Background to the Resources paper.

The Building partnership guide An image of the Working together to commission and fund high needs resourceproduced by AoC in partnership with the Department for Education and the Local Government Association to help build relationships between colleges and local authorities when working with students with EHC plans who require high needs funding.

Professional development

The Leadership hub, funded by the Foundation, aims to create opportunities for current and aspiring leaders, working in the education and training sector, to develop professional relationships through which to share their expertise and experiences of leadership in education and training. Find out more by visiting the Leadership hub website.

Our News and Events page highlight events and courses relevant to the sector. And don't forget the Foundation's mainstream offer. Take a look on the Foundation's website for a range of courses to support teachers, leaders and managers across the FE and Skills sector.

Visit the Society for Education and Training (SET) website to find out how our professional membership body can support you in your role. You'll find a range of development opportunities including webinars releated to implementing the SEND reforms and inclusivity.

SEND CPD framework

Are you looking for specific training in relation to SEND for your staff? As part of a mapping exercise of SEND CPD training and qualifications available from the Education and Training Foundation and a wide range of other organisations we have produced a SEND CPD Framework. The information is provided to raise awareness to the SEND workforce of the variety CPD opportunities available.

Related Resources

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SEND CPD Framework

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Transition programme for young adults with SEND. What works?

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The SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit

Further education: guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice

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SEND Code of practice

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PFA Factsheet - Study proframmes for students with SEND

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Working together to commission and fund high needs

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Moving Forward? How well the further education and skills sector is preparing young people with high needs for adult life.

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SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges

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Ofsted Further Education and Skills Inspection handbook

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Local area SEND inspection framework

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Implementing a new 0 to 25 special needs system in FE