Committed to supporting all education practitioners
nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) is a membership charity organisation that supports all education practitioners. We provide: Continuing Professional Development (CPD), resources, advice, information and much more to enable all staff to meet the needs of all their pupils. We do this through our membership structure. There are three levels: bronze, silver and gold to suit all different needs and budgets. Find out how we can support you, your school or organisation through our membership subscription.
Our objectives, mission and vision
Our core charitable objectives are to promote the education, training, advancement, development and care of all infants, children, young persons and others of whatever age with learning differences by, but not limited to, providing relevant information, training and resources to education professionals who work with such people.
Our mission is to promote the advancement and development of all individuals with learning differences and our vision is to be the leading SEND/ALN membership organisation for all education professionals.
nasen is a partner on a 2-year Erasmus+ project, entitled ‘Teacher Training and Attention in Autism’. With participants from 4 nations, Spain, Greece, Israel and the UK. The project will deliver 4 intellectual outputs on attention in autism.
A DfE funded project: Information and resources for supporting all children with SEND in PVI settings, including the role of the SENCO and effective inclusive practice. It focuses specifically on speech, language and communication needs.
The Whole School SEND Consortium aims to bring together schools, organisations and individuals committed to improving SEND. This is a DfE funded project which is hosted by nasen.
As part of this DfE funded project, we are now able to offer a free accredited 21.5 day face-to-face training course for educators in a PVI Early Years Setting. Find out more about the project and its projected impact.
Meet the team
Our Chief Executive
Professor Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme. In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects.
Our core nasen team work full time to ensure the objectives of the charity are delivered. We have dedicated, experienced education, marketing and operations teams. Find out more about our teams and staff working at nasen.
Our group of trustees meet regularly throughout the year to ensure nasen are operating effectively at a strategic, operational and charitable way. Find out about the members within our trustee group and how they inform nasen decisions.
nasen are proud to be affiliated with patrons that help raise our profile and core messaging to the masses. Find out about our celebrity patrons, their background and how their work supports our charitable objectives.
We host a range of advisory boards that have the responsibility of providing advice, support and guidance to the governing body and CEO to ensure nasen's aims and objectives are fully achieved. Find out more.
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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.
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.
Latest nasen news
Following the announcements made yesterday as part of the annual Spending Review, we wanted to share some latest news on what this means for key SEND services currently being delivered.
The Department for Education has published updated guidance specifically for specialist settings.
The Government have today released updated guidance within the Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) document.
Ofsted has released the latest findings from their recent ‘interim visits’ to six local areas to hear from children and young people with SEND, their families and practitioners and leaders who are supporting them about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.