First of its kind free online CPD training for SEND launches

A new, online continuing professional development (CPD) resource offering free training to help education professionals meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is to launch on April 29. The resource, ‘Focus on SEND’, was developed by nasen, the leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with SEND.


Focus on SEND has been developed to offer free online CPD for all mainstream settings across England. The CPD will take a practice led, enquiry-based approach and consist of approximately nine hours of learning which will be available 24 hours a day. There will be six modules, the first five of which will have knowledge-based content, practical activities for the learner to work through in their setting and guidance for reflection in order to support the practitioner in consolidating their learning.


Dr Adam Boddison, chief executive at nasen, said: “Nasen Live 2016 and the launch of Focus on SEND come at a crucial time in education. Workforce development is not just about improving the quality of provision, but also supporting those professionals who need to extend their abilities to become the adaptive flexible thinkers that schools, and their pupils, need and to support and retain valuable staff. The seminar programme for the two-day event has been developed with this in mind, covering a broad range of topics to meet the needs of all practitioners.”


The resource launches at nasen Live, the leading event for SEND training in the United Kingdom (UK). The two day SEND professional development event is hosted by nasen and it enables all educators to explore research, policy and practice, along with the latest tools and techniques to engage students and raise attainment.


To find out more about Focus on SEND and nasen Live, visit