SEND Workforce Development: Study Programmes

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

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

These took place in June 2017 in Leeds, Taunton, London and Nottingham.

Collaborative working – clusters of providers

15 clusters of providers are working collaboratively and sharing good practice on a range of themes relating to improving study programmes for learners with SEND.

Each cluster receives £2,500 and the support of a SEND consultant as they work on their individual projects between September, 2017 and February, 2018. You can view a list of projects and participating providers here.

The clusters will be producing a range of different resources as they work through their projects.   These resources will be shared with the wider sector via the Excellence Gateway and/or Foundation Online.

The clusters will also share their learning 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.


Five webinars will be delivered between November 2017 and March 2018 on specific aspects of design and delivery of Study Programmes for learners with SEND.

Webinar 1: RARPA – practical advice, guidance and tips on creating an effective, robust and learner-centred RARPA process within an FE setting

Thursday 30 November 2017 12:30PM 

View a recording of this webinar

Webinar 2:  ‘First steps to setting up a Supported Internship’

Thursday 11 January 2018. 12.30pm

Book here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Three further webinars are in development.  Details will appear here shortly.

On-line modules

A number of on-line modules to support providers in improving the design and delivery of study programmes for learners with SEND will be developed by March 2018.

Further details will be posted here in January 2018.

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