Our current funded projects 

nasen often work in collaboration with other organisations and secure funding to ensure that we can all work effectively to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND



Whole School SEND

The Whole School SEND Consortium brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can achieve their potential at school. The Whole School SEND Consortium is delivering the Department for Education (DfE) Strategic Support to the Workforce in the Mainstream and Special Schools Contract 2018-2020.

To support every school to deliver an inclusive education for all children and young people the Whole School SEND Consortium will:

  • Drive education institutions to prioritise SEND within their CPD and school improvement plans including facilitating greater links between mainstream and special schools.
  • Equip schools to identify and meet their training needs in relation to SEND.
  • Build the skills of teachers working in mainstream and special schools, of SENCOs and teachers of children and young people with sensory impairments by promoting best practice.
  • Identify and respond to any gaps in the training and resources available to schools.

If you would like to join the Community of Practice and be kept up to date with developments within the consortium, gain access to free CPD events and resources, and be part of a network of like-minded practitioners then please do join the Community of Practice.

Follow Whole School SEND on twitter: @WholeSchoolSEND.

Contact the Whole School SEND team by email:


EEF Trial of the SEND Review in Mainstream Secondary Schools

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was established in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as a lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation) with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education.

The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.

The SEND Review is a structured, peer-to-peer evaluation of SEND provision across a school. The aim of the programme is to improve provision for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools by helping schools to evaluate the effectiveness of their provision, and then implement a bespoke action plan to target areas of priority and drive improvement.

SENCos from participating schools will receive a day’s SEND reviewer training, then undertake a self-evaluation in their setting. Once the self-evaluation has been completed, Whole School SEND will pair-up the intervention schools, and a peer reviewer from the paired school will work with them to identify strengths and weakness in the school’s existing SEND provision.

The two SENCos will then work together to devise and implement an action plan with other school staff to address weaknesses and improve SEND provision.

Whole School SEND will be recruiting mainstream secondary schools to take part in the trial between October 2019 and April 2020, and the programme will start in the summer of 2020.

The trial is funded by the EEF and is being evaluated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

If you would like to apply to take part in this trial, then please contact project directors Margaret Mulholland and Katherine Walsh



SEND Gateway

The SEND Gateway is the one-stop shop for all things SEND, hosted by nasen. It hosts a range of publications, resources and events from across the SEND sector. The SEND Gateway is also hosting Whole School SEND, which is a consortium that aims to bring togehter schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can achieve their potential. 



International Projects

Nasen are constantly striving to work alongside international projects to strengthen the work we do for Special Educational professionals and help support with research, training and resources.


Early Years SEND Partnership

The Early Years SEND Partnership is a consortium of organisations led by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC); nasen is one of the partners along with I CAN (the children's communication charity), the Communication Trust, and Contact (for families of children with SEND). The Partnership is working across five regions of England (the West Midlands, the East Midlands, the North West, the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside) to provide signifcant support for both local authorities and Early Years settings to improve provision and thereby outcomes for children with SEND.

nasen have been offering CPD days to setting managers and SENCOs. We worked with I CAN to deliver 28 days on 'Meeting the needs of every child: SEND and SLCN in EY Settings' in early 2019, and from September 2019 until Spring 2020, we are working with Achievement for All to offer 15 training days on 'A Whole Setting Approach to SEND: the EY SEND Review'. We are also working with 5 local authorities from the 5 regions at a strategic level, to support them to develop a whole setting approach to SEND across their local area.

The project, which runs from October 2018 until March 2020, is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Accredited Early Years SENCO Award 

The Early Years Level 3 SENCO project is led by nasen in conjunction with School Improvement Liverpool (SIL), who have created and developed their Early Years Level 3 accredited course with CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education). nasen has secured funding for this from the DfE, with the aim of providing long-awaited training for Early Years practitioners in the identification and support of young children with SEND in a wide range of Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings across the country.

23 local authorities were selected to give a wide coverage across England. Each local authority was asked to provide an experienced improvement officer, advisor or headteacher to take on the role of trainer to deliver the course back in their own local authority. The first cohort of 15 local authorities completed their 12 day course, spread over a period of 3-4 weeks, in June 2019 and the second cohort of 8 local authorities is due to complete in December 2019.

The Early Years Level 3 SENCO Award Project will run until March 2020, when it is anticipated that 507 Early Years practitioners from PVI settings will have been trained as SENCOs. It is predicted that the project will have a major impact on the quality of provision and outcomes for young children with SEND across the country.