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Teaching and learning

The resources on this page focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. You'll find resources to help you plan and deliver learning to meet each of your students' needs; including planning, identifying learning outcomes, differentiating and developing English and maths skills. Teaching and learning has two sub-menus: RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement), and Specific needs and wellbeing.

Practitioner SEND self-assessment tool practitioners have a duty to plan and deliver a responsive and individualised provision for their learners, including learners with SEND. Use this self-assessment tool to help you own professional development; you will need to register for free on Foundation Online Learning. As you work through the tool, you’ll be directed to key information and resources to help you in areas you lack confidence and want to develop your skills and knowledge.

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Phones, tablet and computers have loads of features built-in which can help you read, write and communicate. This interactive poster helps get the word out to learners and staff about these features. From the interactive poster you can access short videos on how to use the features. The videos are shown in topics: Great apps, My phone, Reading, Writing and Using the web.


Technology can help to make learning accessible to all learners, and particularly learners with SEND. Watch the Assistive technology to support learners with SEND webinar (52 minutes) to find out about specialist technologies, tools built into the software we use every day (e.g. Windows) and useful free apps and online tools that can really make a difference.

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Take a look at the case studies and resources produced as part of the project which include an assistive technology assessment process map and an IT access assessment proforma.

Find out how to make simple changes to your computer settings with AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way website.

If you lack confidence or skills with your digital skills or how to apply them in teaching and learning. The Foundation offers a wide range of free online courses to improvie your digital skills on Foundation Online Learning.

Co-creating the Curriculum with Learners with SEND

Co-creating the curriculum Image of a presentation from the Co-creation toolkitis a great way to involve learners in deciding what to learn and how they might be taught. It can help you personalise study programmes, as well as providing an excellent context for helping learners with SEND to take more control over their lives as they practise making decisions and expressing preferences about their learning.

This toolkit has been designed to help curriculum managers and tutors in FE settings to explore co-creation, explain the concept to colleagues and engage their learners with SEND in co-creating their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

Everyone wins with skills competitions!

Competition activity is a great way to raise aspirations, improve learners’ skills and employment prospects, strengthen learning programmes and introduce an element of excitement into the vocational curriculum. Providers who have been exploring the use of competition with learners with SEND report that it is just as beneficial for their learners – and easy to implement.

Our new toolkit, Using competition activity In the vocational curriculum with learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), provides you with a range of resources that will help you to embed competition activity into your curriculum in a way that enthuses both staff and learners. It also gives you some tips on getting employers involved. 


Supporting learners

Some learners don’t want Image of the Supporting learners with additional needs resourceto be singled out as needing extra help or to have a member of support staff visibly assigned to them. Enabling learners with additional needs to make good progress is as much about differentiated, inclusive teaching and learning, as it is about high-quality learning support. 

To help teachers feel confident about applying inclusive practices and to have at their fingertips an array of strategies to use with individual learners, Milton Keynes College produced this Supporting learners with additional needs resource for use in prisons in the East Midlands but the tips provided can be useful in supporting learners across the sector.


Watch the Making maths accessible for learners with SEND webinar (42 minutes) to see effective techniques for developing maths skills, confidence and engagement for learners with SEND.

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English and ESOL

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features an English Supplement exploring developments in English education and training. The supplement includes a section on supporting learners with SEND.

Working with Learning Support Assistants

Learning Support Assistants are an extremely valuable resource in the classroom and as Preston College identified if the relationship and working partnership between teacher and learning support assistant is developed effectively it can support learner retention, achievement, progression and independence. Watch the video and view the project resources for their tips on how practitioners can work effectively with learning support assistants for the benefit of their learners and an example learner profile page.


Deliver personalised study programmes

The SEND reforms impact all providers to ensure the best outcomes for all learners with SEND. This self-study interactive module (created in Powerpoint) provides information, examples of effective practice and resources to help you deliver effective personalised study programmes that support young people with SEND to achieve positive life outcomes. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own practice and to use the information provided to improve study programmes within your organisation. This module is relevant for providers working with all learners with SEND whether in discrete or mainstream provision, and with or without an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan. The resource was created by by Natspec.

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

Professional development

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.

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, take a look at our new SEND brochure for more information.

Visit the News and Events page for the latest course and event updates. Are you a SET member? If so you'll have access to professional development webinars that cover a whole range of topics to help you support learners with SEND.

Join the SEND conversation #SENDinFE

Learn about SET membership

Visit the Society for Education and Training (SET) website to find out how our professional membership body can support you in your role within training and education.

Safeguarding and Prevent

All FE providers have a duty to safeguard their students, Prevent is about safeguarding our students to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. The Education and Training Foundation has a range of support materials to support all staff at its dedicated Prevent website.

If you’re finding it difficult to explain safeguarding to learners with SEND then take a look at this booklet, Explaining safeguarding to learners with learning disabilities. Although the booklet is now a little dated, it was written 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. 

Related Resources

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Toolkit: Co-creating the Curriculum with Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Supporting learners with additional needs: A three tier approach

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SEND CPD Framework

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Explaining safeguarding to learners with learning difficulties

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Delivering personalised study programmes

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LDD Navigator

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Adult pre-entry curriculum framework

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ESOL Access for all