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, outcomes for 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.

Premier SEND Support Package

We're proudly introducing our Premier SEND Support Package; our latest and most comprehensive, value for money service. Enjoy the benefits of a single, annual subscription which offers whole setting support.

Benefit from our key services all packed into one amazing, annual subscription for a special offer price of only £499 + VAT

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SEND Support Services

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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 nasen’s existing knowledge hub of over 70 webinar and webcasts! Each half-term we invite pass holders to propose and then vote on what you would like to be covered in a live webinar.

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nasen’s Modular CPD Programme

Our new modular CPD programme, linked to the nasen Recognised Teacher/Practitioner of SEND award, provides a comprehensive introduction to SEND and effective support for children and young people.

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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.

International Membership

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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

Modular CPD: nasen Recognised Teacher/Practitioner of SEND

Online
24 May 2022
£100
Recognised Practitioner
Recognised Teacher

These two sessions will focus on the creation of a professional artefact. These webinars are included in the "Recognised Teacher/Practitioner of SEND" module.

This course is FREE with nasen Recognised Teacher of SEND, nasen Recognised Practitioner of SEND

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Meeting the Needs of Every Child

Online
25 May 2022
FREE
early years

This DfE funded webinar is FREE to access and will provide Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings.

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Modular CPD: An introduction to SEND in practice

Online
26 May 2022
£50
Intro Practitioner
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Intro Teacher

This session will focus on contextualising the information delivered through the “An introduction to SEND in Practice” webinars. 

This course is FREE with Introduction to SEND – Teacher, Introduction to SEND – Practitioner, nasen Recognised Teacher of SEND, nasen Recognised Practitioner of SEND

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The graduated approach and SEMH

Online
07 Jun 2022
£50

This webinar will consider the graduated approach in the context of social, emotional and mental health needs.

This course is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Modular CPD: An introduction to SEND in practice

Online
21 Jun 2022
£50
Intro Practitioner
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Intro Teacher

This session will focus on contextualising the information delivered through the “An introduction to SEND in Practice” webinars. 

This course is FREE with Introduction to SEND – Teacher, Introduction to SEND – Practitioner, nasen Recognised Teacher of SEND, nasen Recognised Practitioner of SEND

Book now
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Modular CPD: Understanding and supporting universal needs

Online
23 Jun 2022
£50
Universal needs

Included within the “Understanding and Supporting Universal Needs” module. This session will focus on contextualising the information delivered through previous webinars:.

This course is FREE with Understanding and Supporting Universal Needs, nasen Recognised Teacher of SEND, nasen Recognised Practitioner of SEND

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SEND Review Consultation Questions

  • General
  • 05 May 2022
Free
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nasen has listed the twenty two questions contained in the consultation.

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Early Years SENCO Calendar

  • General
  • 05 May 2022
Free
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This resource is a checklist/ guide to be used to support Early Years SENCOs in their role throughout the year.

SEND Review Summary

  • General
  • 11 Apr 2022
Free
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nasen has summarised the key points for you to keep you up to date and inform you of how you can respond to the Green Paper and the time period in which you have to do so. 

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10 Top Tips for Inclusion in Early Years Settings

  • Webcasts
  • 23 Mar 2022
£50.00
Webinar
Early Years Series

This webinar looks at systems and practices that will make your early years setting more inclusive of all children and changes you can make to the environment and routines in your setting which will make it more accessible to all children.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Speech, Language and Communication Needs in the Early Years

  • Webcasts
  • 23 Mar 2022
£50.00
Webinar
Early Years Series

This hour-long webinar explores the identification and provision for children with Speech, Language and Communication needs (SLCN) in the Early Years

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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Cognition and Learning in the Early Years

  • Webcasts
  • 23 Mar 2022
£50.00
Webinar
Early Years Series

This hour-long webinar explores the identification and provision for children with Cognition and Learning Needs in the Early Years.

This resource is FREE with Annual Webinar Pass

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nasen Connect

Read the latest e-copy of nasen Connect, free for all members, which is packed full of advice, analysis and opinions on the current topics and future trends impacting on the SEND workforce.

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nasen Connect magazine March 2022

  • Nasen Connect
  • 22 Mar 2022
Free
nasen Connect

Our March edition features articles around inclusive sport exploring the role it plays in developing a healthy lifestyle and supporting young people to grow friendships and relationships, both in school and beyond.

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nasen Connect magazine January 2022

  • Nasen Connect
  • 21 Jan 2022
Free
nasen Connect

Our January edition features an article which considers how you might approach identifying if observed needs are as a result of SEN or lost learning due to the pandemic. In addition you can also read about, amongst other topics, key areas to be aware of w

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nasen Connect magazine November 2021

  • Nasen Connect
  • 14 Dec 2021
Free
nasen Connect

Our November edition celebrates our 30th anniversary and reflects on the major developments in the SEND community. Also Mandy Wilding, our Education Officer, provides a detailed update on the Early Years SENCO Award Project.

Our Sponsors

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Axcis Education

Axcis are the foremost supplier of SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools in England and Wales. Providing teaching, leadership and support staff, Axcis has experience with all levels of recruitment across a wide range of special needs. Visit the Axcis website or contact your local office to learn more about how we can help.

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