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SEND Leadership Programme

Applications are now OPEN for this hugely influential programme commissioned by DfE!

Deadline: 8th September 2020

SEND Leadership Programme

Why you should do this programme

Whether you're a senior leader new to the SEND field or are experienced in SEND issues but want to work on your leadership skills - this course is for you. Unlike other programmes, this works on both of those things together - making you a more effective leader for families. Somebody who can make a difference in the world of SEND.

2020/21 Programme

The programme will start in November 2020 and run until March 2021, bringing together 40 people in a series of modules to develop their skills and apply them in their work to deliver the SEND reforms. The programme encompasses leadership and organisational theory and practice, best practice in service delivery and understanding communities and co-production. The cost of the programme is £875 + VAT

Before applying, please read through the Programme Framework to understand the structure and issues covered..

Who Should Apply?

Applications are invited from senior local authority SEND managers/leaders of education or social care with significant strategic responsibilities for delivering the reforms. We 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 would ideally be 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, and would 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.

Application Process

To complete your application for the SEND Leadership Programme 2020/21, you will need to submit the Online Application Form and then email your Application Document (see Related Downloads) to: by Tuesday 08 September 2020, 12 noon.  We recommended that you:

  1. Read through the Programme Framework and ensure you are available to attend on the dates listed.
  2. Refer to the Questions for Online Form (see Related Downloads) and make sure you have the answers ready to input into the online application form.
  3. Complete and save your Application Document.
  4. Complete and submit the Online Application Form.
  5. Email your Application Document to:

Best of luck with your application!

The Department for Education commissions this 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).

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