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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Meeting the Needs of Every Child

Online
27 Apr 2021
FREE
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This 2 hour webinar will provide Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings.

Governance of SEND Part 2

Online
27 Apr 2021
£50

Jointly developed by nasen and the National Governance Association, this course is for more experienced SEND governors or trustees, or those who have completed Part 1 of this series, who want to deepen their understanding of SEND.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Universal support: strategies for all

Online
27 Apr 2021
£50

This webinar, suitable for all staff, will briefly examine universal difficulties that all children and young people, regardless of specific needs which have been identified, experience.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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School Improvement for SEND: SENCO Guidance for School Inspection, part 2

Online
28 Apr 2021
£100

This webinar is suitable for SENCOs and other leaders in schools who want to explore the EIF with a focus on SEND, in order to strengthen school self-evaluation and school improvement for SEND

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Strategic development for SENCOs: Part 3

Online
04 May 2021
£150

This course is the first of five sessions (including a live group discussion/shared practice session) that is suitable for more experienced SENCOs, or those who have completed Part 2, who want to ensure a whole-school approach to SEND

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Targeted Support Primary

Online
06 May 2021
£50
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primary school

This topic, suitable for all staff working within mainstream primary schools, will look at supporting pupils need that is not yet sufficiently met through the quality first teaching that is in place as part of a universal offer.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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School Improvement for SEND: SENCO Guidance for School Inspection, part 2

  • Webcasts
  • 21 Apr 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This webinar is suitable for SENCOs and other leaders in schools who want to explore the EIF with a focus on SEND, in order to strengthen school self-evaluation and school improvement for SEND.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Understanding school refusal and SEND

  • Webcasts
  • 07 Apr 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This webinar will look at possible causes of school refusal and strategies to support pupils back into school.  

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Supporting Minimally Verbal autistic pupils

  • Webcasts
  • 31 Mar 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This webinar will specifically look at the strengths and needs of minimally-verbal autistic pupils who may or may not have an additional learning difficulty.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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nasen Connect

nasen Connect magazine March 2021

  • Nasen Connect
  • 31 Mar 2021
Free
nasen Connect

In this edition of nasen Connect we will look at the Headteachers' Standards and the practical implications for SENCOs. There is also a feature on inclusive person-centred planning and the evolution of the person-centred practice and approach.

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Universal Support: strategies for all

  • Webcasts
  • 30 Mar 2021
£50.00
Webinar

This webinar will examine universal difficulties that all children and young people, regardless of specific needs which have been identified, experience.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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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.