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SEND Leadership Short Programmes

As part of the delivery support programme for the SEND reforms, the Department for Education have commissioned and subsidised a shorter, regional programme of  leadership development for developing leaders who are responsible for delivering the reforms.

Applications are now open.

To allow for late applications, the closing date has been changed to 11th January 2019.

Outline of the Programme

The programme has two two-day residential modules, comprising:

  • A detailed focus on leadership, personal style and achieving change
  • Exploration of the leadership styles needed to deliver real participation and joint commissioning/integration 
  • Leading edge practice sessions on key reform policy priorities to develop knowledge of innovative practice

The whole programme is delivered within the context of the SEND reforms, with an emphasis on applying your learning to real-work challenges. Facilitation and presentation will be from skilled NDTi and DBOT personnel who have leadership development and SEND expertise, plus input from other experts in the SEND field, including DfE and parent carer organisations.

Who Can and Should Apply

Applications are invited from local authority SEND managers/leaders of education, social care or health leaders 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 health. Applications will also be accepted from Local Authority SEND leaders and health 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.

There are sessions available in the North West and South East Regions. For further information and dates please see the programme flyers and application forms at the side of this page.

For further information please contact  Pauline Roberts on 01225 789135 or 
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


For more information contact Pauline Roberts by:

Email: Pauline Roberts
Tel: 01225 789 135

Useful Info

North West and West Midlands regions:

  • 19th and 20th February 2019 - Birmingham (residential)
  • 10th and 11th April 2019 - Manchester (residential)

London and South East regions:

  • 22nd and 23rd January 2019 - Reading (residential)
  • 5th and 20th March 2019 - single days, London venue