We recently published an article discussing the lack of SEND content in Initial Teacher Training courses. Nasen are doing their bit and providing help and support through their online SEND Gateway. If you don’t currently use it, read on to find out more about what it is, what it offers and how it can be beneficial to your practice.
What is the SEND Gateway?
The SEND Gateway is an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Developed by nasen, the UK’s leading professional association for SEND, the Gateway provides an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding, navigate recent and upcoming reforms to SEN and access resources and training materials from the UK’s leading voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations (known as publishers on the site) supporting children and young people with SEN in the age range 0 – 25.
What does the Gateway have to offer?
The SEND Gateway has 3 notable sections which most professionals will be interested in. They are:
News – There is a news section which is regularly updated with current goings-on in the world of SEND. Contributions can be from any of the publishers who work with the Gateway
- Resources – There are lots of resources available, which are searchable to make them easier to navigate. For example, if you wanted to look for resources relevant to TA/Support Staff, you can easily filter the information in this way.
- Training & Events – The Gateway also brings together a range of training and events relevant to the SEND practitioner, so if you are looking for training opportunities for yourself or your colleagues, it is well worth taking a look.
Examples of some recently added materials:
If you’ve never used the Gateway before and want to see a few examples of the sorts of materials on offer, here are some of their recent additions:
- Paving The Way from The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – this post gives some interesting case studies of challenging behaviour in SEND students. It discusses identification and intervention for challenging behaviours and the importance of putting a plan in place which includes schools, parents and carers.
- The role of social care in implementing the Children and Families Act from Council for Disabled Children – this is a guide for strategic leaders in children’s and adults services, front line managers, social workers and staff working in social care assessment teams. It gives an overview of the legal framework for social care for children and young people who are disabled or have special educational needs and their families, including changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014. It also covers putting the legal framework into practice.
- The Life Stories of Students Excluded from School and their engagement in education from PRUsAP.org.uk – This is information and recommendations for teachers and learning mentors based on a research project conducted in 2013/14, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project examined the relationship between the autobiographical memories of adolescents excluded from school and their engagement in education. The project included detailed narrative interviews with 15-16 year old students attending alternative provision (AP), meetings with an advisory (consisting of senior staff working in AP) and pilot interventions.
Top viewed publishers
There are lots of highly respected organisations which contribute to the Gateway – here are some of the top viewed publishers:
- The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – This is a charity for people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
- Ambitious about Autism – This is the national charity for children and young people with autism. Ambitious about Autism provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change.
- Listening Books – Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 38,000 members who find it difficult to read the printed word in the usual way
As proud sponsors of nasen, Axcis are very pleased to be working with such a fantastic organisation. We too want to see good practice spreading throughout the SEND sector, as well as seeing more funding released by the government for training, research and education. We work hard to provide high quality SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools, so if you are looking for a role, or looking to recruit a teacher or TA, get in touch with us now.