"Every teacher is a teacher of SEND pupils"
SEND Code of Practice 2014

 

These pages contain resources and links primarily for teaching staff about a wide range of SEND topics. This is building on the "Learning Wall" of free useful resources and other training opportunities that was presented at the SEND Futures conference in June 2018.   If you would like to suggest some content or contact us about this please email: sendlocaloffer@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Download SEND Futures Learning Wall resources (opens a pdf)

Achieving for Children training offer

We provide a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to the children’s workforce through face-to-face training days, e-learning, workshops, network meetings, briefings and team or service away days.

Access to the learning offer ensures staff have the right skills, knowledge and expertise to work with and support children, young people and their families.

What we can offer

Practitioners have access to a wide range of CPD opportunities for children and young people with SEND.

  • Special educational needs and disabilities, inclusion and behaviour (including ASD and ADHD)​

In addition, we offer comprehensive and intensive cohort training programmes to develop safe and effective practice when working with vulnerable children, young people and families. These include specialist routes for ASD, ADHD, DV and dyslexia as well an accredited leadership and management training.

Courses can be booked online at www.afccpdonline.co.uk

​Organisations 
Whole School SEND

Whole School SEND is a coalition of schools and school practitioners, charities, policy influencers, parents and carers and young people. The Whole School SEND Consortium is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND by networking, collaborating and unlocking the answers that exist within the system. Joining the Whole School Consortium is free. Members become part of a network and mailing list, are the first to hear about news and offers from Consortium partners and be invited to contribute to thinking and practice going forward. 

Visit the Whole School SEND website

Members of Whole School SEND qualify for a 10% discount from the SENbooks website. SEN Books is a specialist bookshop offering books on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, Asperger and many more learning difficulties.  

Visit the SENbooks website

Nasen

nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) is a charity organisation. 

nasen support thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.

nasen is committed to providing an excellent range of professional development opportunities by offering the latest news and information, to support practitioners in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people.

Visit the Nasen website

The SEND Gateway

 

SEND Gateway, an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Developed by nasen, the UK’s leading professional association for SEND, the Gateway provides an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding, navigate recent and upcoming reforms to SEN and access resources and training materials from the UK’s leading voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations supporting children and young people with SEN in the age range 0 - 25.

Visit the SEND Gateway website 

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

CDC are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.

Their website contains help and resources for individuals, families and professionals across the sectors of education, health and care.

Visit the CDC website

Tes

The Tes website contains educational materials, jobs, news and courses from and for teachers and school leaders.  They have a resource bank of over 700 items relating to various aspects of special educational needs and disability.

Visit the Tes website

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie) 

Allfie campaigns for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education, training and apprenticeships with all necessary supports.  

Recommended reading:

Resources for teachers and other education professionals

Do you feel your secondary school is inclusive?

SecEd

SecEd is dedicated to supporting secondary education professionals across the UK.

Visit SecED website

Recommended reading:

SEN best practice articles and case studies

Maximising TA's (MITA)

MITA use research, expertise and training to help schools make the very best use of their teaching assistants.

They provide leading school improvement and professional development services based on internationally-recognised research and guidance. Their team draws together professionals with a range of experiences in research, school leadership, classroom practice, school improvement, developing and delivering CPD, and project management. They are based at the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education.

MITA produce resources, provide consultancy, and run courses for school leaders, teachers and TAs to help ensure TAs thrive in their role and contribute to improved outcomes for pupils.

Visit the MITA website

Recommended Reading:

Working together to maximise the impact of TAs

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants Guidance Report

The TA's Guide to Effective Interaction

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)

Although focussed on the curriculum and educational system in Northern Ireland this website contains lots of resources and videos about supporting children with SEND in education. Resources include practical ideas to help all children be included in sport, such as in this video Every Sport for Everyone - In Action and other video case studies such as "A Window On Special" 

Visit the CCEA website

 Natalie Packer Educational Consultancy

Natalie Packer Educational Consultancy specialises in training, support and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN) and School Improvement in order to improve outcomes for all pupils.

A range of support is available for headteachers, senior and middle leaders, SENCOs, teachers and support staff. Advice can also be provided for clusters of schools, local authorities and other educational organisations.

Visit the Natalie Packer website

Driver Youth Trust

The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND, particularly children with dyslexia.

Visit website

FestABLE

FestABLE is the UK’s first National Festival of Specialist Learning bringing together young people, parents and professionals to debate, challenge, learn and to look for solutions facing young people with disabilities in specialist learning.

Educational Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

Visit website

Te@cher Toolkit

An award winning blog containing classroom ideas, teacher training and resources.

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