Improving Outcomes for SEND Learners in 2017-18

Strand 2: Study Programmes

 ACER and Natspec, in partnership, are pleased to announce their successful bid to the Education and Training Foundation to lead a new project focusing on Improving Outcomes for SEND Learners in 2017-18.   Our project will help providers design tailored Study Programmes that offer pathways to employment and adult life for young people with SEND. This includes support for curriculum design around the needs of young people with SEND as providers prepare to implement the Post-16 Skills Plan; developing aspirational and innovative pathways to employment involving high quality work placements, and working with a range of partners to develop programmes that promote independence and community participation. It also includes developing strategies to improve engagement and attainment in English and maths.

 Getting involved?

The project starts in May 2017 with four ‘Networking and partnership development’ events which will run in the North, Midlands, London and South West areas of England.  These open events will be an opportunity for SEND managers and practitioners to interact through a range of workshops related to the ‘design and delivery of Study Programmes’. 

Four launch events

  • 6 June: Leeds
  • 8 June: Taunton
  • 14 June: London
  • 29 June: Nottingham

Download the programme for the launch events

Please book here to secure your place. Please note this will take you to the ETF booking page

Apply for a bursary to reclaim your booking fee.

Collaborative working – clusters of providers

We are inviting applications from providers to become part of a cluster, working collaboratively to share good practice and undertake activities to improve study programmes.  Applications are open until July 31 to be involved in one of the 15 clusters.

Each cluster will receive £2,500 to work on the project between September and February. Providers can explore any aspect of study programmes within the project, for example:

  • Assuring quality in non-accredited learning using RARPA
  • Meaningful work experience for learners with SEND
  • Supporting learners with SEND on mainstream study programmes
  • Transition year – planning an E3/L1 curriculum for learners with mild to moderate learning difficulties
  • Skills competitions as a means of raising standards
  • Developing a curriculum to promote independence and successful transition out of college
  • Effective use of Assistive Technology to support teaching and learning
  • English and maths for learners with SEND on vocational programmes
  • Increasing access to apprenticeships for learners with SEND

Apply to be involved in a cluster group

Read the application guidance which provides more detail about being involved in a cluster group

Apply to be part of the project.

Webinars, resources and dissemination

Five webinars will be available between November and March on specific aspects of design and delivery of Study Programmes

A bank of CPD resources will be produced for the wider sector. These resources will be made available via the Excellence Gateway and/or Foundation Online.

The clusters will share their learning at four dissemination events in March 2018 – including showcasing the range of resources produced and exploring the effective approaches developed and used in the project.

The project is open to all providers in the FE and Skills sector.

For further information, please contact Clare Howard, Natspec – email: