Special Educational Needs and Disability

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

Supporting learners and learning

These resources will be useful to those with an interest in the welfare of learners with SEND, e.g. staff in Student Services, and those who manage, make use of or provide learning support, e.g. ALS managers, tutors and learning support staff. Click through to the resources you are interested in or scroll down the page to find what you are looking for:

Learning support
Careers education, information advice and guidance
(this area of the site is currently under development)
Learner well-being
Learner voice



Using technology to support students with SEND - A set of case studies produced by the Natspec/Jisc technology advisory group showing how colleges are using technology to support students with learning difficulties or disabilities.










Learning support

The Enhancement of Learning Support - Materials developed to enhance the important work of learning support staff. Each can be used individually but taken together provide a suite of material to support individual and/or organisational development.



Adjustments for Disabled Students - A fact sheet for students, produced by Disability Rights UK, which suggests some of the reasonable adjustments they may need while studying. 




LDD Navigator - Information originally prepared 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.

Supporting deaf students in FE - A webinar outlining the main barriers for deaf/hearing impaired students and the reasonable adjustments and provision that can support deaf students to make good progress.

Employment Passport for Deaf Employees/students on work experience - A template or for setting out access needs in the workplace for deaf employees/students on work experience, produced by NDCS.  An example of a completed passport is included.

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.

Speech, Language and Communication Needs - A webinar that introduces the Speech, Language and Communication needs (SLCN), post-16 practitioners are most likely to encounter in their learners and some of the ways that they can meet these needs.

An online portal - providing everything you need to know about dyslexia.




Learner well-being

MindEd for professionals and volunteers - Educational resources containing advice, guidance and information on managing a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens.  Specific resources are available for those with limited prior knowledge of mental health issues and for whom mental health is not the primary focus of their job role (eg teachers).

How to be happy and healthy - This interactive workbook is designed to help learners with learning difficulties to understand what it means to be happy and healthy in learning, whether in a college or work context.



Explaining safeguarding to learners with learning disabilities - A booklet to assist learning providers to raise learners’ awareness of what safeguarding is and what to do if they have a safeguarding concern, and empower them to take responsibility for their own safety.

MHFE - Resources and research from the MHFE network of professionals interested in adult education and mental health.









Learner voice

Learner Voice: Speak up for yourself – Hackney - A case study, and associated resources, exploring the development and impact of ‘Speak up For Yourself and your Future’, a programme designed to enable learners to contribute their ideas and opinions when planning and reviewing their learning.

A video - in which young people offer advice to providers on how to improve
learning support.

A video - Young people with SEND speak out about the impact on their lives of high quality post-16 provision.