Change that leads to better lives

SEND Leadership 2020/21

Applications are now CLOSED for this hugely influential programme commissioned by DfE


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).

2020/21 Programme

Due to current restrictions we are unable to deliver this programme face to face, and all modules will take place online.

This will offer a different but equally great experience for delegates.

The programme will start in November 2020 and run until March 2021, bringing together 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.

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!

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