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Keep up to-date with the latest news and events.

Highlights from published Ofsted reports

Foxes Academy achieved an overall grade of Outstanding in their recent Ofsted report (July). The report highlights many things including, staff training, the support available to learners and the preparation for employment and careers. 

Partnerships with employers are excellent and productive, assisting learners to enjoy highly effective work experience or work placements. The real working environment of the Foxes Hotel enhances the experiences of learners very successfully.

Enfield Borough Council achieved an overall grade of Good in their recent Ofsted report (July). The report highlights their use of job coaches to help their learners with supported internships:

Job coaches work closely together to review the progress that learners make and to identify emerging needs. As a result, they adapt each learner’s programme to include new topics where appropriate. For example, tutors have incorporated activities related to personal hygiene and dress codes into off-the-job training to further enhance learners’ understanding of requirements in the workplace.

Visit our Employers and employability page for resources to help you support learners, including our free online course The Right Place created in partnership with Mencap.

Courses

In this space we'll highlight continual professional development opportunities that may be of interest.

Free Techability webinars from Natspec:

  • 15th November, Introduction to switches Learn how to practically set up switches to make choices or interact; for those using switches for the first time. Expect a range of techniques for switching with input for computers, tablets and wireless connectors.  
  • 20th December, Assistive Technology: A starter kit Assistive Technologists will outline their “essentials.” Anticipate a range of options for creating a basic kit for assessment, access and teaching. Showing that Assistive Technology does not have to be time consuming or expensive.

Are you providing the best support for learners with dyslexia, autism and hearing impairments?

We offer a range of courses to help practitioners and managers within the Further Education (FE) sector, and those responsible for post-16 learner programmes, increase their awareness and improve support for learners with dyslexia, autism and hearing impairments. Our full day training courses, have been designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to adapt your communication, teaching strategies and environments to enable your learners to achieve their full potential.

Book now for courses in Birmingham in November

8thDyslexia awareness course

26th, Autism taster session

30th, Hearing impairment taster session

For more dates and venues, see our complete course offer.

And don't forget the professional development opportunities available on Foundation Online Learning. Do take a look at the Foundation's wide range of courses, many of them relevant to those supporting learners with SEND, together with our bespoke SEND offer

Are you looking for specific training? 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. The inclusion of information from other organisations does not indicate a recommendation by the Education and Training Foundation of this offer.

We cannot guarantee the quality of any events not organised by or on behalf of the Foundation.

Events

We are holding SEND network meetings bringing together local authority and further education SEND professional to problem-solve and ensure that young people with SEND have the best possible outcomes. These solution focussed network meetings will use an action learning approach to identify challenges and work through solutions. 

New publications

How equipped you are to support SEND learners? Find out with our self-assessment tool created for teachers who work with SEND learners on mainstream programmes or in discrete or specialised provision. Please note to access the tool you will need to register on the Foundation Online Learning site.

News from the sector

Funding Opportunity

The Education Endowment Foundation have announced funding to support projects focused specifically on improving outcomes for pupils (3-18 years old) with special education needs or disabilities (SEND). For projects working with 16-18 year olds, they can only fund activity focused on students without English or Maths GCSE at 4 or above. Further details see the website.