Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

SEND ITT resources

SEND: built in, not bolted on

Teachers can feel disempowered by the expectation to teach learners with a wide variety of needs. The resources signposted on this page help to demystify the teaching of children with SEND and empower new and developing teachers. The resources emphasise the importance of inclusive teaching and learning that is driven by knowledge of the child and how they learn. Teachers do not need to become experts in every SEND diagnosis to be effective. Teachers need to learn how to deepen their knowledge of the pupils they teach and how to adapt their classroom environment so they can plan, teach and assess for all their learners with equal confidence.

The nasen Sendgateway hosts a wealth of resources that can support Initial Teacher Education and Early Career Development of teachers. These resources are free to download and designed to support ITE and ECF curriculum development.

Teacher Handbook: SEND

The SEND Teacher Handbook can be found here – and is a one click download and includes a wealth of resources that will support to development of adaptive teaching and will build the confidence of new teachers and their mentors to work with children with identified and unidentified special educational needs (SEND).

Download here:

SEND teacher handbook

ITT Resources for SEND & Inclusion

To accompany the handbook the sendgateway hosts a range of resources designed for mentors and tutors to use for training and teacher education for inclusion and effective support of children with special educational needs.

The full suite of resources can be found here

The easy to use presentation power points can be found on the website or downloaded via the links below:

Permeating Themes:

We plan to add to this resource bank over time and welcome contributions from ITE providers.

Further Resources

Developing Your Expertise as a SENCo: leading inclusive practice, edited by Helen Knowler, Hazel Richards and Stephanie Brewster (Critical Publishing, 2023).

SENCO CPD: toward the NPQ (Stephanie Brewster, Wolverhampton)

DfE: Initial Teacher Training - Speical Schools and Alternative Provision (May 2023)

Guidance on the involvement of special schools and alternative provision in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the DfE.

Wellbeing for Trainers and Trainees: top tips

These are wellbeing Top tips for staff in education settings, commissioned by Education Support from MindEd and published on both sites. They cover areas of Looking after yourself and each other; Stress and Trauma; Bereavement; and tips for Team Leaders and Managers. They will be useful for trainees and trainers alike. and