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

Introduction to Dyscalculia

Online
28 Jan 2021
£50

This session, suitable for SENCOs, teachers and support staff, will introduce dyscalculia, how it might be identified and some introductory ideas for support.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Early Years SENCO Masterclass

Online
01 Feb 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.

Understanding Emotional Regulation

Online
02 Feb 2021
£50

Difficulties with emotional regulation can be a significant barrier to learning for many students. Often behaviour driven by these difficulties can be misinterpreted. It can also impact on friendships and relationships at home and at school.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Online
04 Feb 2021
£50

This session, suitable for SENCOs, teachers and support staff, will introduce Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), how they might be identified and some introductory ideas for support.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Introduction to Developmental Language Disorder

Online
04 Feb 2021
£50

This session, suitable for SENCOs, teachers and support staff, will introduce developmental language disorder (DLD), how it might be identified and some introductory ideas for support.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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School Improvement for SEND: SENCO Guidance for School Inspection, part 1

Online
08 Feb 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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An Outline of Effective Practice for SEND Provision in a PVI Setting in Norfolk

  • General
  • 28 Jan 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 senior manager and SENCO of a PVI pre-school setting in Norfolk.

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An Outline of Effective Practice for SEND Provision in a Trafford PVI Setting

  • General
  • 28 Jan 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/SENCO and deputy manager of a private day nursery in Trafford.

Strategic development for SENCOs: Part 2, Session 1

  • Webcasts
  • 27 Jan 2021
£50.00
Webcast
Webinar

This course is the first of five sessions (including a live group discussion/shared practice session) that would be suitable for more experienced SENCOs, or those who have completed Part 1 of this series.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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

  • General
  • 26 Jan 2021
Free
PVI Setting Case Studies

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 Cornwall.

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Early Years face-to-face CPD: Session 5

  • General
  • 25 Jan 2021
Free
Early Years face-to-face CPD

We have developed five training sessions for early years practitioners to enable them to deliver SEND CPD to staff within their own setting.

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.