4:33 pm, Thursday, 12th January 2023

Universal SEND Services

Whole School SEND are coming to the SENCo Forum in February to talk about their suite of resources. Book your place- NE Lincs SENCo Forum Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite.

Universal SEND Services is an ambitious programme, funded until 2025 by the Department for Education (DfE) to develop the education workforce so that more children and young people have their needs identified and met effectively, resulting in successful learning in schools and further education (FE) settings, and leading to improved Preparation for Adulthood, including pathways to employment.

It is delivered by nasen, through the Whole School SEND consortium, in strategic partnership with the Education and Training Foundation, and the Autism Education Trust along with key delivery partners in the education community.

Much of our offer is suitable for professionals both in schools and in FE. We hope that people who use our services will start to think about how we can all work together for the benefit of our learners with SEND, from school to FE and beyond.

National provision, regional context

Understanding the local context is crucial to improving national SEND provision.

The Whole School SEND regional leaders and ETF’s Centres for Excellence in SEND bring together school and college-based practitioners to support prioritisation of SEND within their own settings.


We offer CPD on a wide range of topics, hosted by our regional teams in partnership with highly respected guest

speakers from the world of education. All our CPD is fully funded by the Department for Education and free to attend.


We regularly publish free resources to support our members with all aspects of SEND provision. See overleaf for details of some of the key resources from our strategic partners.

How can Universal SEND Services support me?

Online CPD Units

Bite-sized units addressing the barriers most commonly observed in classrooms and other learning environments, regardless of age, label or area of need.

Professional Development Groups

Lead your own SEND-focused school development project with support from a Regional SEND Lead.

Responsive Webinars

Live webinars reflecting the priorities of the sector at the time of delivery.

Action Research and Lesson Study

Led by the University of Derby ISEND Cluster to support schools, colleges and FE staff to develop small scale research projects.

Live Online Networking

Complementing the themes explored in the online CPD units, this is a chance to contextualise learning, share experiences and learn from colleagues across the country.

ETF Excellence Gateway

Online sessions for anyone working in the education sector with an interest in improving experiences for learners with an inclusion need.

Peer Mentoring for School Leaders

Support for school leaders in schools deemed by Ofsted to require improvement (where SEND is an area for development).

Innovation for SEND

In partnership with the SEA View Trust, share your BIG IDEAs as part of the development of a national database of good practice.

Find out more: Home page | Nasen (wholeschoolsend.org.uk).