KIDS is to be one of the key voluntary community sector (VCS) organisations adding its resources to the SEND Gateway. The online portal offers education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEND Gateway was launched on 21 May 2014 at nasen Live 2014 at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, the leading event for SEND training in the United Kingdom. Developed by nasen, the UK’s leading professional association for SEND, in association with KIDS and other leading VCS organisations, it provides an opportunity for the education workforce to access free resources and training materials.   

The launch comes at a time of unrivalled change in SEN, with the education sector undergoing the biggest reforms in over 30 years. Edward Timpson, Children and Families Minister, recently called for schools to begin preparing for change immediately, citing the reforms as a “big opportunity to get a much better deal for some of our neediest children and young people; to help them aspire and excel in school, college, work and in life as independent adults.” The SEND Gateway will help schools to navigate the often challenging process of large-scale reforms, providing one central platform for expertise and best practice.

Jane Friswell, CEO of nasen, comments: “Teachers and SENCOs must be supported and empowered to deliver the first class education that all children deserve, no matter what their abilities are. The SEND Gateway has been developed to offer education professionals the guidance and assistance they need to give young people with SEND the best possible start in life. Bringing the high quality support and advice that KIDS and other VCS organisations offer, along with effective practices from schools around the country, the SEND Gateway will enable schools to access expertise to help ensure we lead the way in educating young people with SEND.”