Welcome to nasen

We are the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) – a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

Rooted in research and evidence-informed best practice, our information, training and resources ensure that our community members in the UK and across the globe are provided with the most up-to-date knowledge and support required to become effective, inclusive practitioners. Together we are able to contribute to the debate and effect change to improve provision within early years, schools, post-16 and wider settings and, ultimately, the children and young people that they serve.

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Join for free

Join our growing community to help boost your professional portfolio and save you and your setting time and money.  As a 
member you will receive excellent support, tools, CPDL opportunities and resources to help meet the needs of ALL pupils.

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Publication Subscription

This service will provide you with hard copies of our sector-leading bi-monthly magazine, ‘nasen Connect’, and access to all three of nasen’s well-established and respected academic journals.

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Annual Webinar Pass

This pass provides access to all of nasen’s CPDL webinars, of which we are committed to delivering at least 70 throughout the year. Unable to attend the live event? We will send you details on how to access the recordings, to make sure you never miss out!

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SENCO Support Service

A comprehensive information support hub designed for SENCOs. Our online hub is organised into useful topics to help resolve all of your SEND queries. Can’t find what you’re looking for online? You’ll be able to reach out directly to our Education Team.

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International Membership

We are constantly striving to work alongside international projects to strengthen the work we undertake with professionals and help support with research, training and resources. For our international colleagues, nasen membership is available for £50 a year.

Upcoming events and the latest news & resources

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Inclusive Curriculum through the Ofsted Lens

Online
02 Mar 2021
FREE

A three-day online conference run in partnership with Norfolk's Virtual School SEND.

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Building effective practice to support students with DLD - Secondary

Online
02 Mar 2021
FREE
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DLD

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at secondary school teachers in mainstream settings aimed at improving provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

I CAN - helps children communicate

Involving families in provision for students with DLD

Online
09 Mar 2021
FREE
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primary
secondary
DLD

This is an intermediate level webinar aimed at SENCos in primary and secondary mainstream settings to help improve provision for students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

Understanding the difference between SEND and Disadvantage in schools

Online
09 Mar 2021
FREE

A thought-provoking session based on evidence and experience which challenges the understanding of SEND and Disadvantage in schools.

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The graduated approach at the heart of distributed leadership for SEND

Online
10 Mar 2021
FREE

A webinar looking at distributed leadership, aimed at SENCOs, Headteachers and Senior Leaders, Governors and CEOs.

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Empowering Staff to Provide SEN Support: The Role of Leaders

Online
11 Mar 2021
FREE
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This webinar aims to support secondary SENCOs and all other leaders to empower teaching staff to effectively meet the needs of pupils at SEND Support.

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Webinar: PE, Inclusive Sport and Wellbeing

  • Webcasts
  • 25 Feb 2021
Free
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This webinar focuses on how to ensure your PE and school sport offer is Inspiring, Accessible and Meaningful for all your pupils during and post the national lockdown period.

Webinar: High-Quality Teaching - Targeting Areas of Need

  • Webcasts
  • 23 Feb 2021
Free
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This two-part webinar series will focus on how high-quality teaching, also known as quality-first teaching (QFT), can be targeted at identified areas of need.

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Webinar: Inclusive Maths - Bridging the gap between abstract and concrete

  • Webcasts
  • 18 Feb 2021
Free
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This webinar focuses on recently updated KS1 and KS2 Maths guidance and introduces principles and practical strategies that can be used by teachers to ensure Maths lessons improve outcomes for all learners.

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Webinar: Using data sources to inform best practice

  • Webcasts
  • 11 Feb 2021
Free
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Too often data collection is excessive, unreliable, confusing which gives staff less time with children; when used well data can have a profound and positive impact in SEND departments.

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Webinar: Securing Good Transitions

  • Webcasts
  • 04 Feb 2021
Free

This webinar was run to support the launch of a new resource: Securing Good Transitions: A resource pack to support the next steps of Key Stage 4 pupils with SEND

Our Sponsors

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Axcis Education

Axcis is the leading supplier of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) staff in England and Wales. They recruit special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) staff for mainstream schools and alternative provision.

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Nisai Group

Nisai Group work with students to help them achieve their ambitions through holistic learning and creating pathways to university and future employment. Over the years, they have worked with thousands of learners with various barriers.

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GL Assessment

GL Assessment is the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools. They also provide assessments for overseas ministries and British, bilingual and international schools in over 100 countries worldwide.