Welcome to nasen

We are the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) – a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

Rooted in research and evidence-informed best practice, our information, training and resources ensure that our community members in the UK and across the globe are provided with the most up-to-date knowledge and support required to become effective, inclusive practitioners. Together we are able to contribute to the debate and effect change to improve provision within early years, schools, post-16 and wider settings and, ultimately, the children and young people that they serve.

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Join for free

Join our growing community to help boost your professional portfolio and save you and your setting time and money.  As a 
member you will receive excellent support, tools, CPDL opportunities and resources to help meet the needs of ALL pupils.

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Publication Subscription

This service will provide you with hard copies of our sector-leading bi-monthly magazine, ‘nasen Connect’, and access to all three of nasen’s well-established and respected academic journals.

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Annual Webinar Pass

This pass provides access to all of nasen’s CPDL webinars, of which we are committed to delivering at least 70 throughout the year. Unable to attend the live event? We will send you details on how to access the recordings, to make sure you never miss out!

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SENCO Support Service

A comprehensive information support hub designed for SENCOs. Our online hub is organised into useful topics to help resolve all of your SEND queries. Can’t find what you’re looking for online? You’ll be able to reach out directly to our Education Team.

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International Membership

We are constantly striving to work alongside international projects to strengthen the work we undertake with professionals and help support with research, training and resources. For our international colleagues, nasen membership is available for £50 a year.

Upcoming events and the latest news & resources

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Supporting effective delivery of the new statutory RSHE curriculum for pupils with SEND – primary-focused

Online
08 Mar 2021
FREE
PSHE

This session is for East & West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber region.

Supporting effective delivery of the new statutory RSHE curriculum for pupils with SEND – secondary-focused

Online
08 Mar 2021
FREE
PSHE

This session is for East & West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber region.

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Understanding Dyslexia

Online
09 Mar 2021
£50

This topic, suitable for all staff, will provide a comprehensive overview of current research and understanding around dyslexia. The perspective of young people with dyslexia will help to bring real-world context to this understanding.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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High Quality Teaching to Support Pupils with SEND

Online
10 Mar 2021
£135

Delivered by nasen, this online interactive course will involve four one-hour sessions over four weeks, and will look at effective teaching techniques for pupils with SEND.

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Cognition and Learning Needs in the Early Years

Online
10 Mar 2021
£50

This hour-long webinar explores the identification and provision for children with Cognition and Learning needs in the Early Years. It is relevant for Early Years SENCOs and practitioners from PVI settings, childminders and Early Years Foundation Stage.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Early Years SENCO Masterclass

Online
10 Mar 2021
FREE
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Exploring the increased demands and ever-changing landscape within the Early Years sector in relation to meeting the needs of children with SEND and their families. 

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Seven pieces to build the resilience jigsaw: Confidence

  • General
  • 05 Mar 2021
Free
RDP
early years

This is one of a series of additional resources to nasen’s Resilience Development Pack which can be used to support you as a parent, carer or professional working with young children to boost children’s resilience through everyday activities.

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Understanding ADHD

  • Webcasts
  • 05 Mar 2021
£50.00
Webinar

Part of our Understanding series, this webinar, suitable for all staff, will provide a comprehensive overview of current research and understanding around ADHD.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Strategic Development for SENCOs Part 2 Session 3

  • Webcasts
  • 03 Mar 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This is the third in our five-part series for more experienced SENCOs, or those who have completed Part 1 of this series, who want to continue to develop their strategic approach to SEND.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs

  • Webcasts
  • 26 Feb 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This webinar, driven by first-person perspectives builds on the Introduction to SLCN session.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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An Outline of Effective Practice in SEND Provision in a Newham PVI Setting

  • General
  • 26 Feb 2021
Free
PVI Setting Case Studies
early years

As part of the Early Years SENCO Partnership Project, nasen have produced 9 case studies of effective practice for SEND in PVI settings. In this case study we hear from the manager and SENCO of a PVI pre-school setting in Newham.

Our Sponsors

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Axcis Education

Axcis is the leading supplier of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) staff in England and Wales. They recruit special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) staff for mainstream schools and alternative provision.

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Nisai Group

Nisai Group work with students to help them achieve their ambitions through holistic learning and creating pathways to university and future employment. Over the years, they have worked with thousands of learners with various barriers.

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GL Assessment

GL Assessment is the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools. They also provide assessments for overseas ministries and British, bilingual and international schools in over 100 countries worldwide.