Courses and training

The quality of education for all children and young people is dependent upon the teachers and other professionals who provide it. When it comes to getting provision right for meeting individual special educational needs (SEN), everyone can benefit from good continuous professional development (CPD). Just as it is a professional responsibility for educators to keep up to date, it is also their right to be able to access effective CPD. When it comes to teaching children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities (D), the right professional learning opportunities are essential.

As well as our in-house Education Team, nasen has access to a wealth of education associates with skills and expertise across a variety of specialist areas. We work throughout the UK to deliver high quality education and training to help you best support children and young people with SEND. Here are just some examples of our expertise:

  • Effective Leadership in SEND
  • Adaptive Teaching for Inclusion
  • SEN Support
  • SEMH
  • Autism
  • SLCN
  • Dyslexia
  • DME
  • Early Years

Tell us what you need and we will work with you to find the right training solution. Contact us today at

Bespoke training

We understand that all settings have different training requirements and areas for improvement. As well as our current training, courses and CPD events, we also offer a bespoke service where we can create the right training solution to meet your needs. Get in touch with the education team to find out more.

Current training

Bespoke professional development and consultancy

nasen is committed to providing outstanding training and professional development in SEND for all staff working in educational settings. Part of this commitment is the offer of the right support at the right time which is the starting point for our bespoke provision. Whatever your needs linked to SEND, let us know and we can create support which is tailored to your context.

Programs and events can be developed to suit the needs of the audience (including: teachers, SENCos, strategic and senior leaders, teaching assistants and governors etc.) and your setting whether it be Early years, primary, secondary or post-16.

Examples of the type of work we offer include:

  • Support with rigorous school self-evaluation of SEND
  • How to develop the teacher workforce to meet the needs of pupils with SEND
  • Effective interventions: how to choose, run and evaluate
  • Roles and responsibilities for SEND
  • Applying the key principles of the SEND Code of Practice 2015
  • Reviewing SEND provision in schools and settings
  • Operating as a strategic leader for SEND in schools
  • Provision management and mapping
  • How to cost provision,
  • Creating effective policy and practices for SEND,
  • Working effectively with your SEND Governor
  • CPD for Early Years settings’ SENCOs and Managers
  • The role of the SENCo in EY,
  • What the nursery Manager needs to know about the SEND Code of Practice 2015,
  • Supporting the Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs of young children
  • SEND Governor training
How to book

Training is available on request for groups of schools, nurseries and colleges. For enquiries or further details of packages available or to provide an outline of training required please email our education team or call 01827 311 500.

SENCo Guidance for School Inspection: School Improvement for SEND

The aims of this training are to:

  • Develop a working understanding of the current Ofsted school Education Inspection Framework (EIF) in relation to SEND
  • Apply this understanding to support school self-evaluation and improvement in SEND

This course explores the EIF with a focus on SEND, in order to strengthen school self-evaluation and school improvement for SEND. Throughout this training, participants are encouraged to consider the implications for their strategic planning and how they might work with staff. The course may include references to:

  • An inclusive culture
  • SEND and social justice
  • Curriculum equity
  • Curriculum intent, implementation (including examining aspects of classroom practice, such as differentiation, and links with the relevant research published through Ofsted), and impact.


For any enquiries, please contact the office on 01827 311500 or email 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

nasen has accredited instructors, approved by MHFA England to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aider training (two-day) and Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion training (one-day). The MHFA instructor training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Become a Mental Health First Aider – two day course

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues 
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing 

To discuss hosting this training in your school, please email us at

Our one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions have: 

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

To discuss hosting this training in your school, please email us at

The role of the SENCO in staff development for SEND

For SENCOs to meet their responsibilities and ultimately to reach a point where they can effectively act as the in-school SEND specialist, there will be a need to support staff in further developing high quality teaching. How do we do that? Consider the need for continuing professional development (CPD), the nature of effective CPD, how good practice is identified and shared and how to maximise the impact. Most importantly, consider how we can engage our staff and the skillset SENCos might require to draw upon to do this successfully.

The Training Day

To enable SENCos to help teachers to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN, nasen has provided very successful training and can offer these events again for interested groups. This training will support SENCos to start exploring the issues around effective professional development and guide them in planning for the use of nasen’s free online resource, Focus On SEND, for teachers and practitioners. The training will cover:

  • The national context of SEND reform
  • The recalibration of the roles of teachers and SENCos
  • Exploration of what collaborative learning for SEN looks like
  • How to engage all staff effectively
  • The need for high quality professional development
  • Principles and models of effective CPD
  • Evaluating the impact of collaborative learning
  • Ideas for the effective use of nasen’s new online CPD resource – Focus on SEND training


Training is available on request for groups of schools, nurseries and colleges. For further details of packages available or to provide an outline of training required please email our education team or call 01827 311 500.

The Effective Governance of SEND

This training is jointly developed by nasen and the National Governance Association and it provides an introduction to SEND for school governors or trustees.

The training explores:

  • What SEN/D is and how it is determined
  • The legislation, guidance and policies
  • How SEN is funded
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The SEN population, progress and measuring impact

For any enquiries or to book this training for your governors or trustees, please email or contact the office on 01827 311500.

Independent Schools and Settings

We understand that there are particular opportunities and challenges inherent in working across the Independent education sector. We can help you to explore these for SEND and inclusion, and to develop the confidence and skills of your staff. Whether you would like to focus on school self-evaluation of SEND, school improvement in SEND or specific aspects of professional development like high quality teaching for SEND, we can support you. Contact us to find out more about our training and CPD for staff working in the Independent sector.

Cultural Inclusion Leadership Development Programme

This 2-day leadership development programme is for arts-based subject leaders in schools who are looking to develop themselves as a leader and ambassador for cultural inclusion both in their own school and beyond.  The programme runs over a 2-month period (1 day per month) and by the end of the course, participants will have achieve the following outcomes:

  • To be equipped to lead on cultural inclusion both in their own school and beyond
  • To know how to develop effective school-to-school support structures and systems that facilitate cultural inclusion
  • To contribute to a growing national community of practice around cultural inclusion
  • To know what cultural inclusion is (and what is isn’t!)
  • To have some ideas for promoting cultural inclusion as a priority in their specific school/setting and in the wider sector
  • To better understand how person-centred provision can be achieved in arts-based subjects and how to build this into the curriculum
  • To explore the barriers to participation in arts-based subjects for learners with SEND and to develop a range of strategies for removing those barriers
  • To have a better understanding of the range of resources that exist within education and within arts and culture organisations to support cultural inclusion
  • To produce a cultural inclusion action plan specific to your school/setting.
  • To have a good knowledge of the nasen and Whole School SEND resources that can used to prioritise SEND and inclusion in their school/setting and in the wider sector

£849 - Gold Members. £999 - Bronze, Silver Members (this price includes Gold Membership). Cost is per person. 

To make a booking request, please contact our Education Team on 01827 311500 or e-mail 

Working effectively with children and young people with SEND: a one-day workshop for arts, culture and heritage organisations

In this one-day workshop, nasen will work directly with one or more arts, culture or heritage organisations to support them in working as effectively as possible with children and young people with SEND. 

The workshop will include aspects such as:

  • The rationale for cultural inclusion.
  • A general grounding in policy and practice around SEND and inclusion in schools and other educational settings.
  • Information, advice and guidance about how to engage with learners with SEND and practical suggestions to ensure an effective collaboration with the school/setting.
  • Making activities accessible to a wide range of needs.
  • Reasonable adjustments (what they are they and your organisation's obligations)
  • Dealing with the unexpected; what to do on the day if things don’t go to plan…

£449 – Gold Members.  £599 – Non-members (includes nasen individual gold membership) – cost is per person.

Or £2.5k for up to 8 participants from one organisation (includes nasen organisational gold membership)

To make a booking request, please contact our Education Team on 01827 311500 or email

Gaming and SEND: the good, the bad and the misunderstood

With more than 2.2 billion active gamers world-wide, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how this is affecting children and young people. Significant media attention has focused on excessive screen time and addiction, but there is also research focused on the benefits of gaming, particularly for learners with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities). This seminar will provide a balanced exploration of gaming and will support teachers in maximising the opportunities of gaming for learners with SEND, whilst supporting those with gaming problems. Seminar participants will also be provided with practical resources that they can use to support both learners and the wider school workforce.

To make a booking request, please contact our Education Team on 01827 311500 or e-mail