SEND Workforce Development Programme

Natspec and ACER are leading a project, funded by ETF on behalf of the Department for Education

SEND Workforce Development Programme: Study Programmes

Natspec and ACER are leading a project, funded by ETF on behalf of the Department for Education, to help providers design and deliver high quality study programmes that support learners with SEND to achieve ambitious outcomes and prepare them for further or higher education, employment and fulfilling adult lives.

The project is open to all providers in the FE and Skills sector and concerned with study programmes for learners with and without EHC Plans and for those in discrete and mainstream provision.  We will be offering a number of different types of support for post-16 providers of all types including webinars, online modules and CPD resources on a range of different topics.

The project consists of:

Four launch events:

  • 6 June: Leeds
  • 8 June: Taunton
  • 14 June: London
  • 29 June: Nottingham

Clusters of providers working collaboratively to share good practice and plan and undertake activities to improve their study programmes.  You can apply in July to be one of the 15 clusters to work on the project between September and February.

Five webinars on specific aspects of design and delivery of Study Programmes

Producing a bank of CPD resources for the wider sector. These resources will be made available via the Excellence Gateway and/or Foundation Online.

Sharing the outcomes from the different clusters at four dissemination events in March 2018 – including showcasing the range of resources produced and exploring the effective approaches developed and used in the project.

Providers can explore any aspect of study programmes within the project, for example:

  • Assuring quality in non-accredited learning using RARPA
  • Meaningful work experience for learners with SEND
  • Supporting learners with SEND on mainstream study programmes
  • Transition year – planning an E3/L1 curriculum for learners with mild to moderate learning difficulties
  • Skills competitions as a means of raising standards
  • Developing a curriculum to promote independence and successful transition out of college
  • Effective use of Assistive Technology to support teaching and learning
  • English and maths for learners with SEND on vocational programmes
  • Increasing access to apprenticeships for learners with SEND


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