SEND Workforce Development: Study Programmes

In 2017-18 Natspec and ACER led a project, funded by ETF on behalf of the Department for Education

Study Programmes: resources to support improved curriculum design and delivery

In 2017-18, Natspec and ACER led a project, funded by the Education and Training Foundation 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 was 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.  It included

  • support for 14 collaborative development projects bringing together groups of providers and other partners to tackle their own improvement priorities
  • delivery of five practical webinars
  • development of three interactive self-led learning resources
  • two innovative practice dissemination events.

Providers involved in the collaborative development projects took part in dissemination events in Birmingham and London where they showcased the work they had undertaken.  This included sharing a huge range of resources developed during their projects, which they have kindly agreed to share with the wider sector.

Click here for a full summary of the material produced in this project.


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

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

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Webinar 3: Achieving Skills Excellence – Competition activity in the curriculum: raising the standard of study programmes for students with SEND

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Webinar 4: Assistive Technology to Support Learners with SEND – where to start?

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Webinar 5: Making Maths Accessible for Learners with SEND: Effective techniques for developing maths skills, confidence and engagement.

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Interactive self-guided learning resources

These mini-modules have been developed to support learning at a time and pace to fit with practitioners’ busy working lives.

  1. External review of RARPA through peer review
  2. Improving access to apprenticeships
  3. Personalising study programmes

Next Steps

The Education and Training Foundation is funding Natspec and ACER to build on work undertaken in this project to produce further resources to improve the quality of study programmes for learners with SEND.