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SEND Gateway – frequently asked questions
What is the SEND Gateway?
The SEND Gateway is 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). See more information under ‘About.’
What does the SEND Gateway do?
The SEND Gateway brings together training and support materials from the Department for Education (DfE), the National College for Teaching and Leadership, voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and some private companies, and will encourage schools, settings and education providers to contribute resources by adding good practice examples, case studies and additional materials.
Who funded the SEND Gateway?
The SEND Gateway development is funded by the National Prospectus Grant, awarded by the Department for Education.
Why has the SEND Gateway been developed?
The idea for the SEND Gateway came from professionals whom nasen has trained in the last two to three years. They regularly ask for more information, training and resources that can be easily adapted for use in their setting. While there are many resources available, there is currently no easy way to search and little standardisation to offer professionals the assurance that the support that they find is in line with the most recent policy and legislation.
Who is it for?
All education professionals working with children and young people with SEND aged 0–25. The Gateway promotes multi-agency working and the development of personalised education solutions to make a positive difference to the lives of the children, young people, their parents, carers and families.
What does the Gateway provide?
The SEND Gateway provides an easy way to access resources, news and training opportunities from providers in the voluntary and community sector.
As the content develops it will provide an opportunity for the education workforce to develop new skills and understanding, navigate the recent and upcoming reforms to SEN and access resources and training materials from the UK’s leading voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations supporting children and young people with SEN.
What resources are on the Gateway?
At launch the Gateway contains resources developed using funding provided by the DfE that have been specifically designed to support the SEND sector. Nasen, working closely with VCS organisations, have pulled together some of the best resources and information available to support school staff.
The SEND Gateway covers materials and professional support from a large number of leading VCOs, and include: the Autism Education Trust, the Council for Disabled Children, The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, and The Communication Trust. There is newly developed nasen resources, as well as the Inclusion Development Programme materials, the Advanced Training Materials for teaching pupils with SEND, and the Training Materials for teaching SEND students.
Why should I use the SEND Gateway?
The benefits of using the SEND Gateway include:
- It sign posts teaching staff to practical and effective resources
- It highlights resources that are free to access
- It brings together existing national training materials and resources to make them accessible from one central platform
- It promotes access to resources researched and published by the voluntary and community sector
- It encourages networking for SEND professionals
As the Gateway develops these benefits will increase and following feedback nasen plans to explore further features such as online forum facilities, and online training facilities.
Who can contribute to the Gateway?
Voluntary and community sector organisations have a huge role to play in providing resources via the Gateway, and nasen has worked with a number of them to provide access to selected free resources.
Now the Gateway is launched nasen invites other voluntary and community sector organisation to contact us so they can add their resources.
Longer term nasen are exploring options to include resources from all sectors. Anyone interested in contributing should register an interest through the site.
Can I add resources now?
If you have resources that you feel would benefit professionals working with learners their families, children and young people with SEND, you can register an interest via the site. Nasen will then contact you about how you can add your resources.
Will the gateway include resources that are priced?
At the heart of the SEND Gateway are free resources that have been developed by VCS organisation with government funding. Therefore at launch all resources on the site are free to use. Nasen will be reviewing eligibility criteria, and intend to make an announcement on expanding the types of eligible organisations and paid for resources, during the autumn term.
How can I comment on the resources on the Gateway?
The site provides an easy way of accessing high quality content. Organisations that have provided the resources however welcome your feedback, and registered user of the Gateway can email their comments to them.
In addition registered users can ‘rate’ a resource. As the resource has already been through a quality assurance process, this facility is aimed at providing site visitors with a guide to how others have rated it in practice.
How do I know the resources on the site are of high quality?
The value of resources lies in the research and quality assurance behind them, provided by the organisations that have developed them, which is the reason that nasen wants to promote these organisations and the excellent resources they provide. The SEND Gateway provides access to resources from a range of VCS organisations; some will be better known than others, but all resources featured will link back to the originator’s website to allow professionals easily to identify additional resources.
I’m a commercial provider of high quality learning and services – when can I be involved?
Nasen is exploring the options to ensure the SEND Gateway becomes the one-stop-shop for all working with learners who have special educational needs and disabilities. Currently the site includes mainly resources provided by VCS organisations, but nasen is exploring options to broaden this over time. Anyone interested in being involved should register with the site now.
How can I share the resources I find on the Gateway with others?
The SEND Gateway provides facilities for registered users to email or share details of resource on the site via social media.
How do I let nasen know about ways I feel the Gateway can be improved?
Nasen has involved a wide range of stakeholder in the development of the SEND Gateway, throughout the development, but always welcomes feedback on how it can be improved. Please send your comments via the link on the site.
You can also, as a registered user, send comments directly to providers of resources, or rate a resource (based on prescribed criteria).
How easy is it to add my resources to the Gateway?
Registering your organisation with the Gateway is straight forward and will take minutes. The easy to use interface also makes adding a resource simple, although to ensuring visitors to the site have the most succinct and useful details of the resource, news item or training you provide can take longer.
What are the advantages of registering with the site?
As a visitor to the site you can search or browse for any of the resources without the need to register. However taking a few moments to register brings these added benefits:
- Resources, news and training are automatically displayed to match your preferences each time you log-in
- Browse the site and add resources as favourites, so you can easily access or review them at any time
- Subscribe to news updates
- Automatically receive regular SEND Gateway newsletters
- Feedback to a publisher on their resource
- Rate a resource.
Nasen is already exploring further benefits that could be provided as the site develops, and intends to implement these, based on feedback from SEND Gateway visitors, and the organisations that provide the resources.
Is the Gateway just aimed at schools?
The SEND Gateway is designed to showcase the best resources available to support educational professionals in all settings. As the numbers of organisation that register with the site submit their resources, we anticipate greater content being available for pre-school settings, post 16 and beyond.