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SEND Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for the 2017/2018 programme.

The Department for Education commissioned a leadership development programme from NDTi as part of the national delivery support contract ‘Delivering Better Outcomes Together’. (A partnership between Mott MacDonald, NDTi and CDC). Due to extremely positive feedback from participants and managers, DfE is commissioning and part-funding a 3rd cohort of 40 people for 2017/2018.

SEND Leadership Programme

Applications are invited from senior local authority SEND managers/leaders of education or social care with significant strategic responsibilities for delivering the reforms. We would particularly welcome applications from leaders with a social care and health background given the cultural change and multidisciplinary approach that is required to implement these reforms. Applications are ideally submitted by a pair of people from a local area, for example two local authority leaders with different responsibilities such as in relation to education or social care, or alternatively one LA leader and a partner from the NHS. Applications will also be accepted from Local Authority SEND leaders not applying as part of a pair though not from unpartnered NHS leaders. The programme is appropriate for people who wish to develop their knowledge and skills, both those experienced in SEND issues and those in senior positions who may be newer to the SEND field.

Further details are detailed in the downloads on the right hand side. Please complete an application form and send to or call 01225 789135 for more information.

The closing date for applications is 19th June 2017.

The programme will start in September 2017, bringing together all 40 people in a series of modules throughout 2017/18 to develop their skills and apply them in their work to deliver the SEN reforms. The programme encompasses leadership and organisational theory and practice, best practice in service delivery and understanding communities and co-production.