Partners

Partners

Below is a list of all our partners, click the respective link to be taken to their website:

 

 

 

 

 

Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the leading professional association and trade union for all school and college leaders. They are proud to support and represent more than 20,500 school and college leaders of primary, secondary and post-16 education from across the UK.

Their members are responsible for the education of more than four million young people and children. They work to shape national education policy, provides advice and support to our members and deliver first-class professional development.

 

 

As a leading UK law firm Browne Jacobson work in partnership with big business, funders and SMEs, and provide top tier advice to support the health, education and broader Government sectors.

Clients choose them for their exceptional service, their personality and their combination of quality, expertise and style. They have a down to earth culture, reflected in pragmatic, clear advice. They provide solutions and tell their clients what they would do in their place so their clients can focus on what matters to them.

Browne Jacobson are often at the cutting edge of developments, influencing and supporting change throughout our client base. They use the breadth of their expertise, and their established networks and relationships to bring clients together across the markets they serve, so that we can all learn from each other and create opportunities.

NSEND Forum are very grateful to Browne Jacobson for providing our London meeting venue.

BATOD British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)

The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) was formed in 1976 by the amalgamation of The National College of Teachers of the Deaf (NCTD) and the Society of Teachers of the Deaf (STD). BATOD is the sole Association representing the interests of teachers of deaf children and young people in the United Kingdom. It includes in its membership representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and from all the many branches of the profession as well as colleagues from overseas.

There are eight regional/national groups across the UK linked to the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf.

BATOD promotes the educational interests of all deaf children, young people and adults and safeguards the interests of Teachers of the Deaf.

 

 

engage (in their future) 

engage in their future exists as an organisation of specialist leaders in SEMH. The organisation works across all educational environments and with all age groups, sharing support, experience and best practice advice with all school communities. It provides advocacy for those with challenging behaviour and those working with them, and continually works to help improve the education and welfare of pupils. By providing a collective voice for its members, engage in their future will inform and influence the national debate on SEMH issues.

They offer and share support, advice and expertise to SEMH school leaders across all educational settings through co-ordinated peer to peer networking opportunities, including regionally and nationally organised events.

 

 

 

EQUALS

EQUALS is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994, committed to supporting the work of teachers, TAs, schools and parents/carers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD). It aims to promote, share and reflect best practice in learning and teaching through collaborative working with practitioners and professionals at a national, regional and local level. EQUALS is committed to improving the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through supporting high quality education. Its aims are to promote, share and reflect best practice in learning and teaching through collaborative working with practitioners and professionals at a national, regional and local level.

 

 

FLSE Federation of Leaders in Special Education (FLSE)

FLSE is a registered charity, originally sponsored by the DfE as the national representative body for all leaders in special education across all settings. Membership can be either for individuals or for schools and services. Their membership encompasses special schools, mainstream schools, PRUs, hospital schools, heads of SEND services and SEND advisors/consultants.

FLSE works with those people who provide education and care for children and young people across the full range of special educational needs and disabilities.

FLSE facilitates co-operation and collaboration between its members and partners by identifying and providing opportunities for professional development and leadership growth FLSE is committed to working closely with leaders across the wider community, to ensure that they receive the support they need to carry through their roles and responsibilities. A key aspiration of the FLSE is that by sharing best practice and leadership insights we will improve outcomes for children and young people.

 

 

 

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

The Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

Their unique range of services has been developed to ensure that families understand their children’s legal rights and entitlements and that they are empowered to enforce those rights to secure the right education for their child.

 

 

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)

NAHT represents more than 32,000 school leaders in every phase and sector of education, including early years, primary, secondary and special schools, which makes them the largest association for school leaders in the UK. We represent, advise and train school leaders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. NAHT Edge supports, develops and represents middle leaders in schools. We use our influence at the highest levels of government. Our campaign activity is focused on five priorities.

NAHT is democratically shaped and directed by its members. They speak for school leaders working at every education phase, from early years and primary to secondary, academies and independent schools. And they represent school business leaders and those with responsibility for children with special needs.

They make sure your voice is heard, understood and a catalyst for change in education and at the highest levels of government.

National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP)

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

The agreed purpose of NatSIP is:

  • to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment, closing the gap with their peers, through joint working with all who have an interest in the success of these young people.
  • to help children achieve more and fulfil the potential of children and young people who have SI.
  • to promote a national model for the benchmarking of clear progress and impact criteria for children and young people who have SI.
  • to support a well-trained SI workforce responsive to the Government agenda for education.
  • to inform and advise the DfE and other national agencies on the education of children and young people with SI.
  • to promote collaboration between services, schools, professional bodies and voluntary bodies working with children and young people who have SI.
  • to promote collaborative working between education, health and social care professionals in the interest of children and young people who have SI.

 

 

National Association for Hospital Education (NAHE)

The National Association for Hospital Education is an organisation that supports professionals working in hospital education. This could be within a hospital school, medical PRU, CAMHS inpatient unit or as part of an outreach service such as home tuition. In fact, anyone who works with children and young people who are unable to attend school due to physical and / or mental health difficulties.

NAHE has been formed by bringing together a number of organisations, which had previously worked closely, to support the education of children with medical needs. By joining together as one professional association we aim to act as a unified voice to ensure staff within our sector are well supported in delivering the very best education to every child under our care.

 

 

National Governor’s Association (NGA)

The National Governance Association (NGA) is the membership organisation for governors, trustees and clerks of state schools in England.

They are an independent, not-for-profit charity that aims to improve the educational standards and wellbeing of young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. They are expert leaders in school and academy governance, providing information, advice and guidance, professional development and e-learning.

They represent the views of governors, trustees and clerks at a national level and work closely with, and lobby, UK government and educational bodies.

National Autistic Society

 

 

 

National Autistic Society (NAS)

NAS is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, they have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

Their mission is:

  • to transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers
  • to change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and helping businesses, local authorities and government to provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

 

 

 

The National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS)

NASS is a membership organisation working with and for special schools in the independent, voluntary and private sectors within the UK. NASS is proud of its role in improving opportunities and standards for special schools outside of Local Authority control.

NASS is the voice of the non-maintained special school sector. They aim to put special schools at the heart of the school policy and practice, enabling them to be centres of excellent and innovative practice for children and young people with SEND.

 

 

 

National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen)

nasen is 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, their information, training and resources ensure that their 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.

They provide free resources and support for all members, leading targeted programmes and projects to deliver widespread improvements, offering a structured programme of professional development, accredited training and conferences

 

 

 

 

 

New Schools Network (NSN)

NSN’s purpose is to ensure that every child has an equal chance to succeed, irrespective of their background, by supporting communities to establish, run and improve schools.

An unacceptable number of children fail to reach their potential because they lack access to an excellent education. Too often, a child’s background dictates their destination in life, entrenching inequality and impacting communities for generations to come.

New Schools Network is passionate about ending educational inequality once and for all.

They envisage a country where every child has an equal chance to succeed in life, irrespective of their background. Through their programmes, they partner with individuals, groups, trusts and business leaders to establish, run and improve pioneering and innovative schools.

New Schools Network is powered by a dynamic and enthusiastic team, united by a passion for improving life chances for children through education.

 

 

 

National Governor’s Association (NGA)

The National Governance Association (NGA) is the membership organisation for governors, trustees and clerks of state schools in England.

They are an independent, not-for-profit charity that aims to improve the educational standards and wellbeing of young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. They are expert leaders in school and academy governance, providing information, advice and guidance, professional development and e-learning.

They represent the views of governors, trustees and clerks at a national level and work closely with, and lobby, UK government and educational bodies.

 

 

http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/

 

 

National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is the independent national voice of parent carer forums. The NNPCF is a representative organisation, it consists of up to 152 local parent carer forums at any time across England. Each of the 9 geographical local authority regions are collectively represented within the NNPCF Steering Group. This means that each region has a parent carer forum representative whom has been appointed to represent their regional and local interests at the national level to empower and enable strategic parent carer participation.

Their mission is to deliver better outcomes for families living with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their vision is a for the best possible opportunities and futures for all children and young people with SEND and their families.

 

 

 

 

Physical Disability Network (pdnet)

pdnet is a free to join, national network that provides professionals in education with support in promoting positive outcomes for children and young people with physical disability.

Their vision is for children and young people with physical disability to achieve as much as other learners at every phase of education, from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Post-16 studies.

They have a strong commitment to developing and sharing effective educational practice and pedagogy for learners with physical disability.

pdnet was formed in 1999 as NNATPIP (National Network of Advisory Teachers for Physically Impaired Pupils) and changed its name in 2014 to pdnet to reflect the changing group membership. pdnet operates at a regional and national level, supporting and developing good practice between professionals in the sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provisions (PRUsAP)

PRUsAP represents the Alternative Provision sector of Education regionally and nationally. They challenge the stereotypes associated with AP and promote the success of schools and vulnerable young people in AP settings.

Not only do they represent the sector, they work with politicians, the media, organisations and other school leaders across the education spectrum to help them understand Alternative Provision and the impact it can have on young people’s lives.

 

 

 

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) was established on 6 January 1945 to promote the art and science of speech and language therapy – the care for individuals with communication, swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties.

They are the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK; providing leadership and setting professional standards.

They facilitate and promote research into the field of speech and language therapy, promote better education and training of speech and language therapists and provide information for our members and the public about speech and language therapy.

 

 

 

Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise (sen.se)

Sen.se is a collaborative between all of the special schools and specialist provision within Somerset. They have a wealth of experience within their schools and many outstanding practitioners support us in our work to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need an alternative curriculum and a higher level of support to a mainstream school.

There are ten schools, and a specialist provision within a primary school and a number of supportive providers making up the membership of sen.se. They recognise that working together, they are stronger. Their collective expertise is vital to meet the unique needs of each child and young person they work with.

They are committed to making a difference and enriching the lives of their students and their families. All children are unique and because of this they will help with advice and support until the right provision is found for each child/young person.

 

 

 

 

The South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS)

The South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS) was formed in 1985, initially to provide support and professional development to special school headteachers. Since that time, we have broadened our reach and now offer well regarded conferences and other training opportunities to Deputy/Assistant Headteachers, Middle Leaders, School Business Managers and Governors. SWALSS is a voluntary organisation and is entirely dependent upon the funding it can generate through membership subscription, the running of events and sponsorship.

SWALSS is dedicated to improving the education and care of children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. It actively seeks to represent the views of its members to all the major educational organisations including, DFE, OfSTED and NASS.

SWALSS promotes collaboration between professionals throughout the South of England and Wales to improve the quality of education and care for children with special educational needs. This is achieved through programmes offering high quality professional development.

 

 

 

University of Wolverhampton Multi-Academy Trust

Wolverhampton University Multi Academy Trust is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. In April 2012, they were accredited as a sponsor by the DfE in recognition of their drive, expertise and capacity, as well as the experience they bring from a wide variety of backgrounds and sectors.

They operate as a Trust. They have twelve schools within the Trust already converted to academies, ten primary and two secondaries. The link with Wolverhampton University is central to our ethos. The faculties of the University offer expertise to our schools, including high calibre teaching staff. The University itself acts as an image of personal growth, learning and achievement for the community of which the pupils and their families are a part. The Trust believes that it is contributing to the long-term health of the region and works closely with employers and business to meet the local economic needs.

Wolverhampton University Multi Academy Trust is proud to be an academies sponsor.

 

 

 

Whole School SEND (WSS)

The Whole School SEND Consortium, hosted by nasen, is delivering the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract and a randomised control trial funded by the Education Endowment Fund. It brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can maximise their potential.

The Whole School SEND consortium regularly publishes resources to support with all aspects of SEND. These include their SEND Review Guides and Frameworks, leaflets for parents, practical resources to support work in educational settings, resources for specific contexts such as COVID, CPDL webinar recordings and more.

An essential principle of their work is that it is co-produced – they know that one of the missed opportunities of the SEND reforms has been person-centred working becoming embedded across the system, as was the intention of the Children and Families Act. WSS want every school leader and every teacher to ask for, listen to and act upon the views and wishes of the people at the centre of the SEND system – children, young people and their families!