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New Centres for Excellence in SEND

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New Centres for Excellence in SEND announced

The Education and Training Foundation has appointed two new Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Natspec and Oldham College.

Natspec’s work will concentrate on bringing specialist knowledge and skills into the mainstream, while Oldham College’s activity will focus on the theme of careers, helping to ensure that more learners secure meaningful employment.

Natspec has delivered training on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) on delivering programmes for learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and on understanding the complex SEND in FE funding system. Natspec also developed some of the most visited resources on the ETF website, including guidance on recognising and recording progress and achievement (RARPA) and on PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty) provision.

Oldham College becomes a Centre for Excellence in SEND (CfESEND) following two years as a SEND Employer Spoke, showcasing their partnerships with employers and delivering events on effective practice for employing learners with SEND. Their work included showcasing how using digital CVs can break down some of the barriers of traditional recruitment processes.

At the same time, after three successful years and working with thousands of practitioners, Derby College will move on from the CfESEND programme, leaving a thriving and sustainable practitioner network and legacy of resources that demonstrate the difference a curriculum with purpose makes to learners’ lives.

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For more information about the Centres for Excellence in SEND, visit the ETF website.

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